WIN Miinutes 7-08-14

Nenana Wellness Coalition

July 8, 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, masticate, celebrate and help implement plans for improving the wellness and quality of life in Nenana Alaska.

We had nine participants today: Kat McElroy, Jessica Durtsche, Bonnie Reed, Virginia Young, Tara, Tim Horn, Jeannie Bennett, Amie and James Verhagan. We enjoyed smoked ham hock with potatoes, carrots, onions and kale, 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 Kat McElroy, followed by the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE.

PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There was one addition to the agenda.

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

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: Amie introduced her new son, James; this is his first WIN meeting.


Envisioning Wellness: Tim has emailed Brian Blair to ask him about doing a presentation on the radio station KIAM. She will follow this up with a phone call. Jessica volunteered to get cont5act information so that we can ask our new VPSO to do a presentation for WIN about who he is, where he comes from, how he views his work in our community,

Talking Addiction/Recovery: Jessica has volunteered to take this project on for RHS. The DVD’s that were ordered have begun to arrive and will need to be reviewed to make decisions about what order they will be presented and viewed. They talked to Donald Charlie and he supports the concept of the project and will support its implementation. Kat was wondering if we could coordinate with the Recreation center and Head Start to get a cohort of youth willing to do child care for parents with youngsters. They will explore using the Rec Center as a possible venue as they already have a large screen TV with DVD player in place. It has been suggested to run one DVD a week for 12 weeks, twice; that way there would be a second opportunity to catch any of the series missed the first go around.

Gospel Fest Report: Jeannie reported that they had between 150 and 200 people for Gospel Fest Community Dinner on Saturday night. Attendance was good all weekend. They got music started almost immediately after the street games were completed on Friday afternoon. People seemed to enjoy the new venue. The broadcast on KIAM was good. At the debriefing Sunday, it was decided to schedule this annual event for the second full weekend of every July. Kat agreed to sell water and food next year as a fundraiser for EMS.

What’s Right Round Table: In light of the Wellness Thought today, Tara suggested we have a discussion regarding what’s right with our community. We took turns talking about what we like about living in Nenana.
Tara: Everyone is so nice. Kat makes us good food. There wasn’t a flood! We have yummy fish and yummy bear meat to eat.
Kat: I’ve always liked that kids run and play in packs in the street in Nenana. I like that we have loose dogs
.Jessica: The food! Everybody feeds everybody. People are happy; people in Nenana are positive.
Jeannie: The Wellness Group.
Amie: Nenana has the most awesome 4th of July celebrations, the best I’ve ever seen. People are excited about being healthy. We’ve had such good participation in the Health Challenges.
Bonnie: I don’t know but we must like it, we moved back here. It’s the same as it was. We have really good EMS services. This weekend’s rescue of two seniors from their flooded property is a perfect example. The Fire Department doesn’t even have a boat but they borrowed one and went right out there and got those people out safely.
Tim: Potlatches. So many opportunities to interact with others in Nenana. All the community events we have.
Virginia: Nenana has the best funerals. It’s the process of showing respect. Plus, you can walk anywhere in Nenana. You don’t need a car. And you see things differently and get to know people better when you walk around. You can make a different kind of contact with people.
Easy to find what’s wrong; harder to find what’s right. Ancient Folk Wisdom
Virginia: Has started harvest ting her peonies. 75 yesterday, probably another 75 today. Her chiller isn’t quite completed yet but she looks forward to having that so she can make fewer trips to the broker. It’s nice to have Art Hill helping with the weeding. She helped David bale hay Saturday as it was starting to rain. She invites everyone to come visit her in the teepee.
Tara: A lot of water in my shed. My wood pie gopt wet. My smokehouse is flooded. Now, it’s hot!
Kat: David has begun haying. His brother Mark and son Steven will be coming for a ten day visit in August. There are lots of projects for them to help work on.
Jessica: Is going to Kenai next week to go dip-netting. She and Ryan had a BBQ on the Fourth at her place.
Amie: Just finishing up their house. They just have to complete the second bathroom and some finishing work in the living room. She really likes her new windows; they let lots of light into the living room. She went on the Tanana Chief’s Dinner Cruise for her anniversary. “Really good food. We had a really good time.” Grandma took care of baby James.
Bonnie: Wednesday they will celebrate the Baha’i holy day with a gathering at her home starting at 1 PM.
Tim: Spirit Camp will be held next week. Her son, William, is going to have another surgery on his knee. The Book Club will next read The Essays of Elias.


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