WIN Minutes 11-18-14

Nenana Wellness Coalition
November 18, 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 7 participants today: Bonnie Reed, Kat McElroy, Cheryl Swift, Virginia Young, Nancy Theirmeier, Miles Martin, and Tim Horn.
We enjoyed cream of shitake mushroom soup, mixed green salad, home-made bread; hummus, Ritz crackers and sliced cheese and walnuts & raisins for lunch.

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

PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There was one item added to the agenda.

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

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: One guest this week; Kat introduced her friend Cheryl who is up visiting from Iowa.


Agenda format—the Survey: Kat handed out surveys that she has put together. The goal is to have input from everyone who has participated in WIN in regards to our ongoing discussion about the agenda format. There are six options on the survey which also asks how often the respondent participates in WIN. Kat will post the survey to the WIN e-list when she gets back to work at the end of the week. Miles took copies of the survey and will put them into the hands of any participants he comes across. The survey will be available for people to fill out for at least a month and then WIN at large will look at the results for consideration.
We had a brief discussion about last week’s exploration of Wellness—What it is; we agreed to put this on the agenda for further discussion next week.
Nenana Health Fair: April 1st has been tentatively scheduled for our next health fair which will be held at the school and will focus on youth health issues. Tim says she will not have time enough to devote to being the on-site coordinator. It is hoped that Jeannie will be willing to take on that responsibility. Kat spoke with Cherrie Forness from the Ice Classic yesterday who said they had received a begging letter from Jeannie for funds to offset our site fees. The next Ice Classic meeting is the evening of the 20th. Kat will attempt to be there to support that request.
“We do not want riches, but we want to train our children right. Riches would do us no good. We could not take them with us to the other world. We do not want riches, we want peace and love.” –Red Cloud, OGLALA LAKOTA
Bonnie: The Thanksgiving Community Lunch will be held at the school this Thursday, the 20th, starting at 11 AM. The Senior’s will have their Thanksgiving luncheon Friday, the 21st, at Noon. The Nenana Community Thanksgiving meal will be Friday, November 28th, 6-8 PM; everyone is invited and people are encouraged to bring a dish.
Nancy: Yoga continues each Monday and Wednesday, 10 AM, at the Meda Lord Center. She is interested in having sing-alongs or forming a choral group.
Kat: We had our last calf for the year born this week, another bull. His name seems to be Ziggy. We are seven for seven male offspring for the year.
Virginia: Drove over to the new bridge to inspect the project; work on this is stalled due to no ice on the river. It’s supposed to be completed by March.
Cheryl: It has been a blessing to be able to come to Alaska and visit Kat. The highlight of her trip? She, Kat and Tara split and stacked a cord of firewood yesterday.
Miles: Still busy digitizing his latest book. He has been tending to his indoor garden: tomatoes plants, a sun chock, basil, parsley, chives and lettuce all growing well.
Tim: The book club is reading American Primitive, a book of poetry, and will be meeting this month at Nancy’s out on Four Mile the first Monday of December.
The Christmas Bazaar at the Civic Center will be December 6th and 7th. The Senior’s will be selling biscuits and gravy for breakfast both days.
December 10th, Wednesday, 5 PM is the Christmas Community Dinner and bazaar at the school. 6:30 PM will be the Junior High and High School concert. The K-6th grade Christmas Play will be December 17th at 6:30 PM.
December 23rd Santa will be at the Civic Center with gifts for all the local kids sixth grade and under.

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