WIN Minutes 8-05-14

Nenana Wellness Coalition
August 5, 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 and help implement plans for improving the wellness and quality of life in Nenana Alaska.

We had ten participants today: Kat McElroy, Jessica Durtsche, Gayle Rayme, Morgan Cutchall, Tara, Virginia Young, Jeannie Bennett, Bonnie Reed, Tim Horn and Damita Duplantis. We enjoyed chicken rice soup and garden vegetable medley, mixed garden salad, and Ritz crackers with sliced cheese for lunch.

WELCOME and READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson, Jeannie Bennett.

PRAYER was lead by Bonnie Reed, 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.

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: Morgan Cutchall was welcomed; her family just moved here from North Pole. She is a friend of Kat’s grand-daughter, Aurora.


Drunk in Public: Due to circumstances beyond her control, Kat was sorry to have to inform us that her copy of the DVD is missing in action and thus unavailable for viewing today. Kat will attempt to retrieve the DVD and if unable will obtain a duplicate copy for a later viewing. Tara and Kat were neither able to locate a stream-able version of the documentary today.

WELLNESS THOUGHT: It is a paradox in the contemporary world that in our desire for peace we must willingly give ourselves to struggle.” –Linda Hogan, CHICKASAW From the White Bison, Elder’s Daily Meditations.

Gayle: Is back in Nenana volunteering at the NSLC as they gear up for another year, after which she intends to return to Hawaii. She will be splitting her time between Hawaii and Alaska in the future. She told us about an eye issue she experienced yesterday, thankfully not a detached retina, the eye doctor says.
Bonnie: There will be no lunch at the Senior Center tomorrow as the Seniors are going to Fairbanks to attend the Tanana Valley Fair. It is Senior Free day.
Tara: Gave a short explanation of how nettles acts as an antihistamine and supports kidney function to aid the adrenal glands. Says she wrote a chapter in her thesis yesterday while it was raining.
Jessica: Is still all about canning and pickling. The cucumbers just keep making fruit although the tomatoes are finally beginning to slow down. She has registered for school. She reminds us the Old Minto Pot Latch is August 15.
Virginia: The rain is getting in the way of her attending to outdoor tasks. Her farm house (4 bedroom, two bath) will be coming up for rent again in September: $1500.00 a month.
Jeannie: Friday, August 15th will be the next Freecycle. It will have a Mexican theme. She will bring taco fi9xings. People may bring any dish they desire. This will be held at The RV Park if the weather is good, at the Civic Center if it becomes inclement.
Damita: They will be holding Vacation Bible School August 12, 13 and 14, Tue.-Thurs., 6:00-8:30 PM, for kids K-8th grade at the Civic Center. Starting The 16th of August Youth Night will switch from Fridays to Saturday evenings, 6PM, at the Assembly of God Church for Junior High and High School youth.
Also, she has a youth church volunteer group coming in March or April who will be looking for an indoor community service project.
Tim: The Nenana Book Club is reading Wuthering Heights. There is one more week for the Health Challenge. The Alumni Soccer game will be Tuesday, August 19th.
Tuesday, September 9th, Brian Blair will be resenting for Envisioning Wellness.


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