WIN Minutes 12-02-14

Nenana Wellness Coalition
December 2, 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: Nancy Thiermier, Bonnie Reed, Jessica Durtsche, Kat McElroy, Tara, Virginia Young, Tim Horn and Miles Martin.
We enjoyed pork stew, mixed green salad, hummus, a cheese ball, Ritz crackers and sliced cheese and walnuts & raisins for lunch with Russian tea cakes for dessert.

WELCOME and READING OF THE MISSION STATEMENT by today’s chairperson: Tim Horn.

PRAYER was lead by Bonnie Reed, followed by the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE.

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: No new guests this week. We had a short discussion about addiction, about dynamics leading to recovery, and about the factors that play a part in the addictive cycle when people cross over into experiencing actual addiction as opposed to even heavy or perhaps problematic substance use. We discussed the benefits of brewer’s yeast as a nutritional supplement and wish Tim a happy birthday.


Nenana Health Fair: Next Health Fair is scheduled for April 1, 2015, to be held at Nenana City Public School and will focus on youth issues. Jeannie Bennett did write a letter requesting fund donation from Ice Classic and stood for the request at their meeting last month. We need to organize a planning committee. People should start thinking about what exhibits they would like to see.

The WIN Agenda Survey: Kat has received 13 completed surveys returned to her by various WIN members. Miles volunteered to have surveys available at his table at the Christmas Bazaar this weekend. Kat will print extra copies for him to distribute.
Envisioning Wellness: Tim asked if Kat and Jessica had another addiction/recovery movie for us to view. Kat suggested Bob and the Monster which depicts one man’s recovery journey which resulted in his occupation as an intervention specialist working primarily in LA, California. It was ascertained that Roland would be available to provide technical support for the DVD to view this next week, December 9th. Nancy volunteered to make up and distribute flyers to advertise the event. Running time is one hour 29 minutes so we will need to move the agenda forward quickly. Discussion will be held the following week, December 16th.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: “The smarter a man is the more he needs God to protect him from thinking he knows everything.” –George Webb, PIMA
Tara: The river is still open and thus she continues camped out in town. She thinks we should find someone to come explain this polar vortex thing to us.
Kat: No Operation Ho Ho Ho this year due to the demise of Santa’s Clearing House but people are encouraged to participate in the Angel Tree at Nenana City Public School. Annalee is also collecting turkeys to give away which may be brought any time to the A-Frame in the interim.
Within hours of being sworn into office, Gov. Bill Walker announced the appointment of Valerie Davidson as Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner. A Yupik from Bethel Davidson has worked for over 15 years as a national policy maker on matters affecting Indian health. This may bode well for funding for treatment services in Alaska.

Miles: Looking forward to the bazaar this summer.

Virginia: Is fixing up the farm house since it is temporarily vacant. She finally made it to yoga and really enjoyed the experience. (Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 AM, at the Meda Lord Center). She went down to the 10th Street bridge project and poked around and the river looked to be frozen over down there.

Nancy: Hosted book club last night at her house and it was very nice. They are reading Zen and the Art of Motor Cycle Maintenance for next month.
Bonnie: The Seniors are hosting the annual Christmas Bazaar this weekend, 10-5 on the 6th and 10-4 on the 7th. Breakfast will be served from 9-11 AM each day. Set-up for vendors may begin the evening before.

Tim: Wednesday, December 10th will be the Community Christmas Dinner at the school starting at 5 PM with the Christmas bazaar and the Christmas Concert for grades 7-12th starting at 6:30 PM.
December 12th the LDS church will hold their annual Christmas Nativity; everyone is invited to attend and/or participate. This will be followed by dessert refreshments and a recipe exchange.
Wednesday the 17th at 6:30 PM at NCPS, in the pit, will be the K-6 Christmas pageant and the 23rd Santa will be at the Civic Center with presents for the little kids.


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