WIN Minutes 6-10-14

Nenana Wellness Coalition
June 10, 2014

The Nenana Wellness Coalition is an alliance of representatives from various organizations, government agencies, community groups and individuals that meets weekly to discuss, evaluate, coordinate, consolidate, celebrate , masticate and help implement plans for improving the wellness and quality of life in Nenana Alaska.

We had eleven participants today: Kat McElroy, Jessica Durtsche, Bonnie Reed, Virginia Young, Tim Horn, Mary Alexander, Gia Parker, Rebecca Troxel, Chuck Hugny, Miles Martin and Maryellen Robinson. We enjoyed beef stew, mixed green salad, salmon spread and Ritz crackers with sliced cheese for lunch.

WELCOME and READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson, Tim Horn.

PRAYER was lead by Chuck Hugny, followed by the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE.

PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There were no additions to the agenda.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Posted at the WIN link at and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list with no reported issues.

Nenana Blood Drive: The next blood drive is scheduled for June 25th to be held at the tribal hall from 10 AM – 2 PM. We need to have 15-20 participants pre-registered; so far we have only eight. People should call Keri at Railbelt as alternative contact person at 832-5557 to pre-register. Kat will make soup for the participants and Tim will bring home-made bread. Chuck will see if he can drum up a few more blood donors. Anyone interested in giving blood should call now to register as the Blood Bank in Fairbanks will cancel if we do not have enough volunteers.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: As you sow, so shall you reap. Plant well. Plant often. Plant deep.
Mary: Got the school garden in over at the Living Center. She planted cabbages, potatoes, carrots, broccoli, beets and tomatoes to name a few.
Rebecca: Has 20 chickens now, 18 hens and she thinks two roosters. They seem to have integrated the flock well. She said the rain storm with thunder seemed to help them decide they could share the hen house. Cheala Shepard is staying with the Troxel family for the time being. She got the garden in and they have cleared a lot of brush from around their property. Bill passed his EMT-I exams. Hurray! Plans are in full swing for the Gospel Fest 4th of July weekend.
Miles: has a mess of volunteer tomatoes coming up. He used a lot of worms this year and they are busily doing their thing, turning the soil, eating compost, leaving behind castings to enrich the garden. Irene gets back tonight from visiting her mother in Denver.
Chuck: Not usually here this time of year but using the opportunity to catch up on a lot of delayed projects around the homestead. He just got finished tearing off the old front porch to replace it. He appreciates everyone’s well wishes while he and Carrie were Outside tending to his mother. She did expire, peacefully, he said, surrounded by family. He has been talking to Jens about doing a youth soccer camp for two weeks this summer.
Virginia: Enjoyed the River Blessing ceremony this Sunday. She says there was singing and a devotion and Penny brought red carnations for people to put into the river to honor those who have passed. Her tee pee should arrive next week. She has gotten her truck garden in.n Thinks she will have a permanent farm based camp.
Jessica: Leaves tonight for Colorado to attend a friend’s wedding. Back next Monday night. She can’t wait to see people she hasn’t seen since moving here three years ago. She got her garden roto-tilled but will wait till she returns to plant greens and potatoes.
Kat: Passed her ETT test. She has 25 Cornish cross chickens in her bath-tub, and two baby black Cayuga ducks.The ducks are to start training their new cow dog to herd. She is building a he berm on the south west end of their property to do a permaculture gardening experiment. She needs someone with a chainsaw to come cut some trees and brush out for her. She will be attending the Rural Provider’s Conference next week.
Gia: They have been cleaning up around the house they rented; they hauled 30 bags of trash out from around the property. Wants to know how to get the abandoned vehicles removed. Rebecca told her to talk to Jason at the city office to initiate the paperwork. She was also jazzed to have passed the ETT training and looks forward to working on the squad.
Bonnie: Friday there will be a Father’s Day lunch at the school. This weekend she will attend a family reunion down in Anchorage.
Tim: Ms. Gwennie Jillson’s celebration of life will be held Saturday at Mike and Gwen’s place, MP 308. Fliers are up around town. She will also be attending the Rural Provider’s Conference in Fairbanks. There will be a themed devotion next Wednesday, 7 PM, at Bonnie’s, on the theme of Peace.
Don’t forget the city assembly meeting this Thursday, June 12, 6:30 PM, at the Senior Center.
Maryellen: Will be taking four youth to the Rural Provider’s Conference for them to attend the youth track. They are preparing for the Prevention Carnival June 28, Noon-4 PM, at the ball park. The first one hundred attendees will get a free camp chair. There will be live music.
In July Maryellen will be taking five youth to attend a tobacco prevention conference in Houston, Texas. PINK will be starting up again in August.

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