Nenana Wellness Coalition
September 9, 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 nine participants today: Kat McElroy, Jeannie Bennett, Bonnie Reed, Tim Horn, Tara, Dee and Jim Miles, Brian Blair, and Nancy Theirmeier. We enjoyed roasted chicken with potatoes and turnips, mixed garden salad, and Ritz crackers with sliced cheese for lunch and a lovely blueberry cake for dessert.
WELCOME and READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson, Jeannie Bennett.
PRAYER was lead by Jeannie, followed by the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE.
PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: The blood drive was added 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: Dee and Jim aren’t guests, but we hadn’t seen them in a while.
Blood Drive: Will be October 8 from 10AM – 2PM. Call Susan at the school (832-5464) to make an appointment. Bring your ID, be hydrated, don’t forget to eat.
Health Fair Raffle: Jeannie has raffle tickets for the health fair. They receive no state or federal funds, and this is their first fundraising event. Tickets are $10, the drawing is Nov 15 in Anchorage, and the prizes are spectacular travel.
Voice For Christ Ministries: Brian came to Nenana from Cedarville Christian Radio Station in Ohio in October of 2003. KIAM can be heard in Allakaket, Ambler, Anaktuvuk Pass, Bettles, Chignik Bay, Eagle, Grayling, Hughes, McCarthy, McGrath, Nenana, Perryville, Port Alsworth, Deadhorse, Quinhagak, Ruby, Tanana, and Sand Point. It has even been picked up in Norway and Finland. Some people report spotty reception at night; this is because KIAM must reduce its power output from 10,000 to 3,000 watts at sunset.
VFCM’s primary purpose is to bring the gospel of Christ and public service resources to rural and bush Alaska. KIAM was founded by Bob and Delores Eldridge. Most of their programming these days comes via Satellite or Internet, except for the Sounds of Joy, which still comes on CD. Mukluk Messages is live, and the computer runs things 24 hours a day since 1999. The computer is more reliable and requires less maintenance. Since people in the bush have more satellite internet, Mukluk messages has been used less.
Brian is open to new program possibilities. Jeannie asked about his dream projects and he mentioned Alaska news, election coverage (issues and candidates), live interviews, local events. Brian says there is a different mentality than the Lower 48 here and contests don’t go over very well. A talk show format would help foster communication and cooperation among the villages. VFCM is funded by donations from far away, they have never tried to fundraise locally. Brian is the only fulltime paid staff. It’s broadcast on the Internet now too.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: “As you sow, so shall you reap.”
UPDATES/ANNOUNCEMENTS went counterclockwise this week, against the sun:
Tim: Fall health challenge starts tomorrow. Nenana book club reading A Dog’s Purpose with Bruce Cameron, meeting Oct 6 at 7pm at the Harvey’s.
Virginia: Just back from visiting daughter and new grandson. One thousand peony roots to plant this week. Farmhouse still for rent.
Tara: Full moon last night was beautiful.
Kat: Hay and piglets. Dancing In The Streets is Friday at 5PM.
Bonnie: Back to School BBQ is Saturday at 2pm at the ball park. Bring food if you want.
Nancy: Gets to stay for the winter! Will be housesitting October through May.
Dee: She and Jim will be leaving in October; she misses Nenana when she’s gone.
ADJOURNMENT: 2:10 PM