Nenana Wellness Coalition
November 25, 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 five participants today: Bonnie Reed, Jessica Durtsche, Kat McElroy, Virginia Young, and Tara.
We enjoyed baked Kenai king salmon with brown rice, mixed green and salad, Ritz crackers and sliced cheese and walnuts & raisins for lunch.
No one officially chaired the meeting today and we had no prayer and no pledge. There was a PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There were two items added to the agenda.
MINUTES: Minutes were posted at the WIN link at http://www.railbelt.org and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list.
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: No new guests this week.
Agenda format—the Survey: Kat said that she has had eight surveys returned to her filled out by various WIN participants. She has had none returned via email. It was suggested that she email the surveys out to the WIN e-list a second time. Miles has distributed several copies to other participants. The survey will be continued for three more weeks, ending December 9th, for further discussion and a consensus.
Operation Ho Ho Ho: Rose Allen informed Kat this morning that RMHA will not have an Operation Ho Ho Ho this year because Santa’s Clearing House in Fairbanks will not be distributing food boxes any more. Jessica has made flyers to distribute around town to let people know that we will not be able to do food boxes this year. She will also post this information on the Nenana Community Facebook page. Annalee Coy will be in charge of the Angel Tree project at the school as usual and people wanting to donate gifts for children should contact her there. There was considerable discussion regarding strategies to sustain a Christmas food box project from local resources. Perhaps our various churches might want to get involved in a food drive towards this effort.
A Nenana Soup Kitchen: We had a lengthy discussion about ideas for a soup kitchen in Nenana. One idea would be as simple as having a monthly get-together to prepare batches of soup which could then be frozen and distributed to households that may be experiencing food or meal scarcity for any reason. Another concept would be to identify a venue to have soup prepared and served, perhaps once a week, or three times a week, with space for people to gather, socialize, play cards, converse, etc. Either of these ideas would require a cadre of volunteers willing to organize and oversee the activities.
The Natural Laws work hand-in-hand with the circle. Each part of a circle will look to the center and will see something different. For example, if you put an irregular shaped object in the center of a circle and you have people standing in a circle around the object, each one will describe it differently. Everyone in the circle will be right. Only by honoring and respecting everyone’s input, can the truth about the object be revealed. We need to learn to honor differences.
Jessica: Might be gone next Tuesday; she may be in Fairbanks as she is re-homing one of their dogs.
Virginia: Went online and was able to access and obtain Affordable Health Care. She is pleased to see that many health screenings are to be performed free of charge.
Bonnie: Don’t forget the Nenana Community Thanksgiving Gathering this Friday at the tribal hall, 6-8 PM. Everyone is invited and encouraged to bring a dish.
Kathy Johnson was hospitalized suddenly.
Kat: Has learned several new cords on her ukulele. Little Cheala Shepherd plays quite well and with great enthusiasm; they have been practicing.
Tara: Global warming/climate change is real. She is practicing patience waiting for the river to freeze up.
ADJOURNMENT: 1:45 PM