Nenana Wellness Coalition
June 24, 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 ten participants today: Kat McElroy, Jessica Durtsche, Bonnie Reed, Virginia Young, Tara, Tim Horn, Mary Alexander, David Poppe, Harriet Borsrt and Chuck Hugny. We enjoyed braised beef short ribs with rice and vegetables, mixed garden salad, raisins and nuts 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 Bonnie Reed, followed by the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE.
PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There were two additions to the agenda.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES: No minutes generated last week.
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: No guests today.
Nenana Blood Drive: The blood drive scheduled for tomorrow has been cancelled; we had only eight and needed fifteen registered participants for Blood Bank to come to Nenana. Our next blood drive is scheduled for October 8th, at the school. Following that would be February 15, 2015. Tim entertains the notion that we should perhaps have only one or perhaps twp blood drives a year instead of three.
Nenana Gospel Fest: Jeannie Bennet is busy with last minute arrangements for this event which is scheduled to begin on Friday, July 4th, directly after the street activities in celebration of 4th of July. There will be a community dinner Friday night. Saturday night they will be selling hot dogs and hamburgers. She is seeking donations of three inch cookies for the community dinner.
Rural Provider’s Conference: Tim gave a mini-report on the Rural Provider’s Conference she attended last week, along with Kat, Maryellen Robinson and four Nenana youth. Tim read from the RPC mission statement and spoke about several of the keynote speakers, particularly Evon Peters from Arctic Village and Luke Titus from Minto. The purpose of the RPC is to provide education and support to providers, elders, community members and people in recovery about addiction, the recovery process, and prevention efforts across the state. The conference is held annually in two year cycles in different communities. It will be held again, as it was in the early 90’s. It would take a cooperative effort of the city, the tribe, the school and the community. She is willing to contact Rural Cap to explore how that process might begin.
Tim was especially impressed with the performance of The Winter Bear, an Alaskan play written as a fictionalized account of events in elder Sidney Huntington’s life regarding suicide and cultural displacement. This play continues in performance in communities around Alaska. The actors were all from Alaska. The author of the play attended the performance and spoke about the process bringing Mr. Huntington’s words and experiences with suicide together to explore the dynamics that drive suicide in our communities.
Kat spoke about the workshops she attended on tribal courts and restorative justice. She was favorably impressed by the last workshop on the Housing First project in Fairbanks. The presenter was able to show how 1.1 million dollars invested in this project last year saved the city of Fairbanks and State of Alaska more than four million dollars of revenues in detox services, arrest, court and incarceration, emergency room admits and associated medical costs and other social services to the chronic inebriate population.
“Believing people can soar beyond ordinary life.”
Fool’s Crow, LAKOTA
Chuck: Not out on the river yet. He has been holding a youth soccer camp this week and next with youth from as far away as Ester. He has some of the high school players assisting him. He will be meeting tomorrow with representatives from the Fairbanks 4-H group to discuss winter activities like skiing and dog-sledding. He is interested in holding a research camp on the Yukon River. Chuck also is curious if anyone would be interested in utilizing the Saturday Market for yard sale items. If this was advertized on Craig’s List, it might draw interested buyers.
Virginia: There will be a puppet show tomorrow night (June 25) at the Civic Center, at 6 PM, followed by a pot luck dinner, all hosted by the Nenana Library. Last year the puppet show was very good and the performers let people peek “backstage” to see how the puppets were operated.
David: This is the first time he has been able to attend WIN since he began doing Full Circle deliveries on Tuesdays. He has moved all but four of his cattle out to Virginia’s onto new pasture. He is thinking to bring the two bulls out there next. He figures he is about a week away from hay-making, which he will do first at Virginia’s place and then out at the airport.
Kat: Is in the last week of her Staycation and savoring every minutes of it. She has lost her garden gloves, however, and her hands are a mess.
Jessica: Glad to be back from her visit to Colorado to attend a friend’s wedding. She got her garden planted into greens and potatoes.
Bonnie: Saturday, June 28 is the Prevention Carnival, at the baseball field. The first 100 to attend will receive a free camp chair.
Tim: The Public Health nurse will be here next week.
ADJOURNMENT: 2:05 PM