WIN Minutes 9-23-14

Nenana Wellness Coalition
September 23, 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 nine participants today: Kat McElroy, Jessica Durtsche, Rebecca Troxel, Miles Martin, Nancy Thiermeier, Tara, Virginia Young, Mary Alexander and Tim Horn.

We enjoyed pork stew, cole slaw, and sliced watermelon and grapes for lunch.

WELCOME and READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson, Rebecca Troxel.

PRAYER was lead by Kat, 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: No new guests this week.

There was a discussion regarding the recital of the pledge of allegiance as part of the format of our meeting. It was suggested that we put this discussion on the agenda for a future WIN meeting. Next week we have scheduled viewing the documentary film The Anonymous People so it was agreed to put this on the agenda for the following week.

Nenana Community Needs Surveys: Jessica Durtsche provided a few highlights from the data gathered from the surveys administered at Dancing in the Streets. Youth and adults both identified alcohol abuse, drugs, and violence (bullying, in the case of the youth surveys) as primary issues they feel the community faces. As part of her RHS program, Jessica has begun to do some in-depth interviews with key community members to gather more information about community needs in Nenana as well as people’s ideas about solutions to our issues. Discussion ensued regarding qualitative versus quantitative data and strategies for identifying the widest possible variety of participants for the interviews.
Nenana Blood Drive: Our next Blood Drive will be October 8, 10 AM-2PM. We need to have 15 donors pre-registered by October 1st. Potential donors need to contact Susan Kauffman at the Nenana City Public School, 832-5464. The blood drive is to be held in the concession room at the school, behind the gym. Tim has generated flyers which she emailed to Kat to be printed. Miles said he will post the flyers.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: When that spirit comes, we don’t ever ask questions. If I don’t understand, I just hold onto it. Then later down the road, maybe in a couple of years, I understand what that spirit meant.” –Wallace Black Elk, LAKOTA
Virginia: She’s been busy. She took down her teepee for the winter and is doing some maintenance on the farm house. She will start moving into the Fourth Street house on Friday. She got an email from the new director of athletics at NCPS, Mr. Bruce, asking for adult volunteers for the various games this year so if you’d be interested in helping out, contact him.
There will be a themed devotional, Creation and The Creator, at Bonnie Reed’s house, Thursday, 7 PM.
Nancy: They are starting an exercise class to be held every Monday and Wednesday morning, 10 AM. The woman she is working with is a certified yoga instructor. The class, Stretching in our Sweats, is open to anyone but is “Senior Friendly” appealing to everyone no matter what their level of ability or level of mobility may be.
Kat: It’s still all about the swarm of baby piggies in her back yard. David says the teenage pigs are starting to go into heat; he is planning a winter breeding and litters of pigs come spring.
Tim: Enjoyed her trip, the highlight of which was the Burning Basket Festival in Homer. Carl put video footage on the Burning Basket Face Book page. She also enjoyed the experience of working with the Junior Youth Empowerment Group down there revamping a mailbox row with a rainbow of colors. It looked very good when they were finished. The Nenana Book Club is reading A Dog’s Purpose for book club which will meet Monday, October 6th, 7 PM at Karen Harvey’s house.
Jack Duyck’s funeral will be held Monday, September 29th, 2 PM, at the tribal hall, with a pot latch that afternoon.
Tara: Has been extremely busy with school; she has been traveling between home, Fairbanks and Anchorage. Her research is on the human impact of the new sex-trafficking laws in Alaska. “My data is exciting,” she said.
Rebecca: They had their district representatives visiting this week. Next week they will attend Victory Bible Camp for a family retreat and then a visit to Anchorage.
Miles: It is harvest time. He would like to learn more about earth worms. He has raised them since the Cooperative Extension did a workshop at WIN and handed out starter samples of garden worms. He said they have done well in his compost and some have lived for years in his house plants but now he is finding them in the earth several blocks away from his garden. How are they overwintering? Traveling those distances? Why did they leave the garden?
Mary: Asked Kat to check the WIN e-list. She seems to have fallen off again and is not receiving minutes. Kat reminded her to check her spam folder but promised she would check the e-list as well.

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