WIN Minutes 11-11-14

Nenana Wellness Coalition
November 11, 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: Bonnie Reed, Jessica Durtsche, Kat McElroy, Virginia Young, Nancy Theirmeier, Tara, Miles Martin, Mary Alexander and Tim Horn.

We enjoyed beef and bean enchilada, mixed green and fresh fruit salads, crackers and sliced cheeses and walnuts & raisins for lunch.

WELCOME and READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson, Virginia Young, followed by the PRAYER lead by Bonnie Reed.

PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There were no items added to the agenda.

MINUTES: Minutes were posted at the WIN link at and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list.

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: No new guests this week.


Well & Good—a Guided Discussion: Tara lead us in a guided discussion to explore our thoughts and feelings around the topic: What does wellness mean in our community? First we made a set of agreements to follow in our discussion. We agreed: 1) We each take responsibility for our own thoughts and feelings and for taking care of ourselves, to avoid projecting onto others. 2) We agree to check things out to avoid making assumptions about what we are hearing others say. 3) We avoid “othering” language or using words to put us/them dichotomy into play. 4) We will be respectful of other’s time to avoid dominating the conversation.
We did a brief check-in around the group and identified words we each associate with community wellness. After discussion, we were able to prioritize these ideas for a vision of wellness. Highest areas of agreement included: Sharing/pooling resources; Taking practical action as opposed to just talking; Making it safe to disagree; Building on our strengths (individually and collectively); Working together; Narrative/the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves. The next highest scoring concepts included: Healthy sharing of safety information; Talking positively (exchange of vital social information as opposed to gossip); Diversity as a strength; Instead of just presenting a problem, being willing to be part of coming up with solutions. Some community assets or strengths identified were: we feed each-other; our community has people who are good hard workers, our location, and infrastructure potential. We discussed how these concepts are actualized in our community. Hopefully, we will be able to use these shared values to further our common goal of individual and community wellness.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: “Take it easy, but take it!” –Woody Guthrie
Bonnie: She fell, twice. No great harm done but the new rule is No Falling Down.
Nancy: Yoga continues every Monday and Wednesday at 10 AM at the Meda Lord Center. It’s been fun.
Kat: The Mental Health Trust is offering: a training in Mental Health First Aid. Date/Time: December 10, 2014 from 8:30am-5:00pm. Location: TTC Fairbanks Office (Doyon Building) 615 Bidwell, Fairbanks. Cost: $75, an additional $30 for CEUs. Mental Health First Aid is designed to arm the public with skills to help individuals who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.
Jeannie Bennett texted Kat that Susan Kauffman thinks April 1st would be the best day for our next Health Fair.
There is some question if we will be able to do the food box portion of Operation Ho Ho Ho due to changes at Santa’s Clearing House.
Tara: The river is still wide open. She, Nancy and Sharon got together Friday to have a sing-along and picked out three songs for Thanksgiving Community Dinner.
Virginia: She will have Open House tomorrow, November 12, starting at noon, with a taco feed, top help celebrate the Birth of the Baha’u’llah.
Community Dinner Friday after Thanksgiving, 6-8 PM.
Mary: Life is good. Grandma Nina is okay after a trip to hospital to get medication adjusted.
Tim: Ice Cream Classic this Friday and Saturday.

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