WIN Minutes 7-15-15

Nenana Wellness Coalition

July 15, 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 six participants today: Kat McElroy, Bonnie Reed, Virginia Young, Tara, Tim Horn, and Miles Martin. We enjoyed beef barley soup, 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: Posted at the WIN link at and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list with no reported issues.



Envisioning Wellness: Tim talked to Brian Blair. He is willing to come speak to us about KIAM and has tentatively scheduled to do so Tuesday, September 9th.She has been unable to confirm a presentation with the new VPSI, Clint Wiehl.

Flooding/High Water: What can we do? Miles is interested in finding out what Nenana can do to prepare for flood/high water. There are flood advisories in place for o9ur area. In the 2008 flood, he lost his freezer, all the frozen food, chainsaw, and other appliances, his firewood, etc., because he wasn’t prepared. We discussed the information provided by the public health nurse, Patty McKenna, regarding community disaster planning. She had provided information about a web site that had an Alaska specific template for doing disaster planning. Virginia had said she would be willing to introduce the idea to the next Community Safety/Village Pride meeting. The hope is that the community at large may be willing to explore completing that process during the winter. We discussed obvious things that seem common sense: shutting off gas or propane, switching off all electric; moving valuables up to a second story or a higher shelf; having a personal of family plan; storing clean water in the sink and bathtub for use during shutdown of city system and moving vehicles to higher ground. We agreed that it would be good to update the current community disaster response plan as well as to revisit it regularly to keep it as current as possible.

Reality TV: Tara said that the BBC is working on a reality TV series they are filming and want to distribute through the Discovery Channel about bush Alaska. They are looking, she said, for stories about hunting and survival, with plenty of drama and excitement, She was contacted by a representative who was interested in featuring her on some segment of that. She had spoken to others who have been subjects of this process who seemed favorably impressed with how they had been treated. She further understands that someone is currently filming a series about Big Foot in Alaska. Her question is two-fold: does our community want to be part of a reality TV series and if so how best could we support that while maintaining autonomy. Discussion ensued the upshot of which seemed to be that the community as a whole has little to say what any given individuals in the community might do or not do regarding any reality television productions in Nenana.

They also serve, who only stand and wait John Milton

Virginia: The blueberries south of town are beginning to ripen.
Miles: Recounted a story of river drama from two years ago.
Bonnie: The Seniors had a presentation by a person discussing the advantages of obtaining “Gap” insurance. She said they also had two female missionaries from the Mormon Church and four youth volunteers there to work on a community service project.
Tara: Has been making hair gee-gaws out of rawhide; they look fabulous, Rawhide is an amazing material.
She got to teach a plant medicine activity at UAF for Upward Bound.
Tim: Gave a small basil plant to Kat. Thanks Tim!
Her son William is recovering from knee surgery.
Kat: We just had our sixth calf born, another bull, six/zero for the season: Red Bull, Felix, Oscar, Fergus, Sprout and now Rock Star. He’s another red one.
She wants to show the documentary Drunk in Public to WIN to continue our conversation about community response to chronic inebriates. Tentatively scheduled for August 5.
Sober Pot Latch at Old Minto Friday, July 25th.


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