Nenana Wellness Coalition
August 19, 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, Harriett Bortst, Miles Martin, Walter Tommy, Mary Alexander, Drew Mackie, Virginia Young, Jeannie Bennett, Bonnie Reed, and Tim Horn.
We enjoyed moose with rice soup, mixed garden salad, fresh kimchee, Ritz crackers with sliced cheese and raisins with walnuts for lunch.
WELCOME and READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson, Jeannie Bennett.
PRAYER was lead by Walter Tommy, 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 http://www.railbelt.org and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list with no reported issues.
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: Mary Alexander introduced her grandson, Drew Mackie who is up visiting her and Wes.
Nenana Behavioral Health Community Needs Survey: Kat McElroy passed out copies of a five item community needs survey put together by Railbelt Mental Health & Addictions. She explained that annual community needs surveys help the agency identify perceived needs and issues across the community as well as collecting information about community knowledge of resources and community climate for change. The information gathered through this instrument will help shape RMHA’s strategic planning process. These surveys will be administered at the annual Dancing in the Streets event next month as well as the back to school BBQ in Anderson and community events in Healy. She asked people to complete the survey if they are willing and return to her or to RMHA. Miles suggested printing extra copies and leaving them at bulletin boards around town to catch respondents that might not attend community events.
Nenana Blood Drive: Tim told us that the next blood drive is scheduled for October 8th. It will be held at the school, in the small concession room behind the gym, from 10 AM- 2PM. Tim will ask Susan Kauffman if she is willing to take appointments. We will begin postering the event in September.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: Don’t forget to vote!
Kat: Plans are afoot for Dancing in the Streets. Rose has tasked Laura with seeing if we can book Bill Black’s band for live music this year. RMHA is in the process of contracting with a consulting psychiatrist to deliver clinical services, supervision and physician’s oversight to the agency. This will be done long-distance via the internet using a program similar to Skype.
Tim: Leona Nelson’s funeral is scheduled for next Saturday, 2 PM, at the Civic Center, with a pot luck to follow at the Meda Lord Center. Leona is Mike Hirt’s mother and lived in Anderson.
Next Wednesday, 7 PM, at the Baha’i Center, there will be a themed devotional.
Friday, August 29th, 5 PM at the Tribal Hall, there will be a community dinner to bid adieu to Jim Sackett and to welcome the new CEO of Toghotthele. People are invited to bring desserts.
Book Club will meet September 1st to discuss Wuthering Heights at Karen Harvey’s house.
September 10th the next 8 week Health Challenge will begin.
Harriett: Said she hasn’t been sleeping well due to her smoke alarm going off and on since Friday. She has finally been able to get the battery replaced.
The Seniors will be going ion a train ride September 6th. $25.00 round trip Nenana to Denali to spend the afternoon down there. A nice ride.
Walter: It’s good to be back in Nenana after spending the winter in South Carolina. He has been doing a lot of traveling, went down to Eklutna for the pow wow and then over to Steven’s Village for Fourth of July. He reflected on nine years of sobriety.
Mary: We have been busy, busy, busy, with the grandkids, tasks around the Meda Lord Center and summer activities. The pot latch at Old Minto was wonderful. Summer is going by too fast.
Virginia: Due to changes at NNC and the school, she has an increased work load. Her farm house is still for rent. She will continue to have market vegetables for sale Mondays and Wednesdays at Noon at the Senior Center.
Jessica: The Back To School BBQ at Anderson has been rescheduled to September 4th, 4:30 PM.
Miles: Has got garden worms going especially well if anyone is interested in getting some from him. He is busy editing his book for Print-On-Demand and electronic download which is more convenient as there are no up-front print costs.
Bonnie: Celebrated her 85th birthday on Saturday. Happy Birthday, Bonnie!
Jeannie: Rob is working on a wood shed and the big garage doors on his shop. She had a pretty good turnout for the Freecycle.
ADJOURNMENT: 1:45 PM