Nenana Wellness Coalition
August 26, 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, Miles Martin, Gayle Ramey, Pam and Serena Rose Samish, Virginia Young, Jeannie Bennett, Bonnie Reed, Don Kratzer and Tim Horn.
We enjoyed salmon chowder, 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 Pam, 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 http://www.railbelt.org and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list with no reported issues.
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: Pam Samish and her daughter Serena Rose were welcomed to WIN. Tim introduced Don Kratzer. They both were interested in seeing the Drunk In Public documentary.
Drunk In Public: Kat and Jessica needed Roland Mackey’s assistance to get a DVD player set-up but eventually were able to play the Drunk In Public documentary film. It was created by David J. Sperling who is a booking officer in the Newport Beach city jail in California, who began filming interviews with a man named Mark David Allen who at the time of the initial filming had been arrested over one hundred times in that community for Drunk In Public, a misdemeanor offense that typically accrued little or no jail time. The film depicts the progression of Mr. Chapman’s alcoholism, compounded by a traumatic brain injury from a car crash and a subsequent seizure disorder. It followed his drinking career through a move to Honolulu, Hawaii, where hundreds of other arrests for alcohol-related offenses occurred over a five year time and his subsequent return to California. Hawaiian police purchased him a one-way ticket “home” to Southern California. The implication is that this was a move by the Hawaiian police to rid themselves of a public nuisance.
The second half of the film documented Mr. Allen’s deterioration and eventual death after more than 500 arrests and hundreds of visits to the ER and various efforts by police and hospital staff to have him committed or otherwise legally held to be provided addiction and/or mental health treatment.
Unfortunately, due to length of the film, there was no opportunity for discussion of the film. Hopefully, we will be able to explore our collective thoughts next week.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: Consider the lilies of the field.
UPDATES/ANNOUNCEMENTS: None, due to time constraints.
ADJOURNMENT: 2:10 PM