Nenana Wellness Coalition
October 21, 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 eight participants today: Kat McElroy, Jessica Durtsche, Harriett Bortst, Miles Martin, Virginia Young, Jeannie Bennett, Bonnie Reed, and Tim Horn.
We enjoyed smoked salmon chowder, cole slaw and Ritz crackers with sliced cheese for lunch.
WELCOME and READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson, Jeannie Bennett.
PRAYER was lead, followed by the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE.
PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There were two 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: No new guests this week.
Envisioning Wellness: We have a couple of suggestions put forth for future EW topics/presenters. It would be nice to have Chuck Hugney and/or Carrie Farr speak to us about the Quaker religion and the Friends church. Another suggestion was to ask Kristi Dugan to speak with us about Traumatic Brain Injuries.
Community Thanksgiving Dinner Who wants to plan and organize our annual Nenana Community Thanksgiving Dinner? Rebecca and Jeannie volunteered to take lead on this project. Historically, this has been held the Friday following traditional Thanksgiving Thursday. That would be November 28th this year, tentatively scheduled for 6-8 PM.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: Everywhere you go, there you are. Anonymous
Tim: The Nenana Book Club is reading What Is The What. This is a novel about the Lost Boys of Sudan. They will meet November 3, 7 PM, at Karen Harvey’s house to discuss.
Junior High basketball games tonight at the school starting at 4:30 PM.
Tomorrow night the Baha’i have Devotional with guest speakers, 7 PM, at Bonnie’s.
November 5, 6:30 PM, the Fall Concert for K-12 grades, in the gym at NCPS.
Discussion ensued regarding Beth Norman’s new after school activities and classes. Information was posted on the Nenana Community Facebook Page. Tim brought a print off for people to see. There will be occupational courses as well as tutoring and homework club as well as sports activities.
Jessica: Passed out a draft of a survey she wants to do with our school kids exploring the topic of Cyber-bullying and received feedback and suggestions.
Kat: Pig porn in her back yard; the three young pigs have been bred by Big Boar and now he is breeding Miss Pocette. Gestation time is 3 months, three weeks, three days so due date will be third week of February.
Kat and Jessica will not be here next week as they will be attending a meeting in Fairbanks. Kat will make a casserole for WIN lunch and Jeannie says she will pick it up and bring it and the dishes. Kat asks if someone could please take minutes, also. They will be meeting the newly appointed director for the Division of Behavioral Health.
Hurray! Railbelt can once again offer psychiatric services via telemedicine with their newly contracted psychiatrist. The system is up and running and we have done multiple consultations and clinical case-staffing with him already.
Discussion ensued regarding funding cuts in Alaska for human services and enlarged into a greater discussion regarding the economy and the need for occupational training for young people in our state to prepare them for jobs. Jeannie is curious does our school do Job Fairs? How do we prepare our youth for future employment?
Virginia: It was a Baha’i holiday yesterday; she went out ice fishing. They caught some trout. Her son, Roland, is returning in April. She is all moved into her 4th Street house. She is looking for a new home for her chickens.
Harriet: Due to a variety of reasons she has lost her vision doctor, her general practitioner and her heart specialist all at once.
Rebecca: Her ten chickens continue laying about eight eggs a day. They have a family of spruce hens living across the street. She is doing major cleaning and getting stuff ready for Freecycle. They have been watching Hoarders on TV; she recognizes that tendency in herself and she has been pushing herself to “Just Let Go!” of stuff as she is cleaning and organizing.
Bonnie: The school is hosting their annual Hallowe’en fundraising activity at the school October 31st starting 6:30 PM, with a two dollar charge to get in. The Mormons will have their family friendly Harvest Party at the old court house (Tortella Building) right before that, 4-6 PM. No scary masks, please.
Miles: Said that his son had taken an aptitude test online which had revealed that he would excel as sales on exotic tropical fish in large aquariums, like at pet stores. He is in college, however, as his mother had other ideas. Miles wonders if at Career Fairs the presenter might have vested interests in steering students into certain careers and would our kids be savvy enough to recognize that?
Jeannie: Freecycle this Friday evening, starting at 5:30 PM. It’s going to be a Spud Fest. She will bring baked potatoes and chili with cheese and onions. People may bring desserts, other spud fixings or side dishes as they wish.
Yoga continues happening every Monday and Wednesday, 10 AM, at Meda Lord. “Stretching In Your Sweats, it is gentle yoga for any fitness level; there is a suggested two dollar donation.
ADJOURNMENT: 2:00 PM