WIN Minutes 12-16-14

Nenana Wellness Coalition
December 16, 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, masticate, celebrate and help implement plans for improving the wellness and quality of life in Nenana Alaska.

We had 12 participants today: Kat and Leon McElroy, Nancy Thiermier, Bonnie Reed, Mary Alexander, Virginia Young, Tim Horn, Miles Martin and Marylou Ketzler. We enjoyed minestrone soup, mixed green salad, Ritz crackers and sliced cheese and walnuts & raisins for lunch.

WELCOME and READING OF THE MISSION STATEMENT by today’s chairperson: Virginia Young.

PRAYER was lead by Virginia Young, followed by the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE.

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

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

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: Marylou Ketzler has recently returned to Nenana after living in Hawaii.


Bob & the Monster: We had a discussion about the first part of this documentary which we watched last week. It was agreed that it was raw and difficult to view due to the nature of addiction and the milieu, Las Angeles, punk music scene, 1980’s. We then proceeded to watch part two of this documentary about addiction and recovery. The second half of the film depicted what happened to Bob Forrest after he finally was able to stop using drugs. He began helping other musicians stop using drugs, initially through the Musicians Assistance Program (MAP) and ultimately through a program he created himself. His final foray into recovery began as the result of a stint in jail and he worked to support himself for several years washing dishes in obscurity in a small café. Once he became more established in his recovery process, his life expanded, his sphere of influence expanded, and he was able to help many other people involved in the same sort of destructive life style he had once experienced.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: Never give up your hopes & dreams. Adam Levine/Maroon 5
Mary: We have new residents at the Meda Lord Center, two units. She and Wes will be playing music in Fairbanks, then spend Christmas eve there and Christmas day in Anchorage. They are still working on having a musical event at the tribal hall for New Year’s Eve.
Leon: Finished his fire science course for the semester. Is down working with David for awhile.
Kat: There has been discussion about how can we do Operation Ho Ho Ho next year without Santa’s Clearing House: getting food from the food bank or from our own community which would mean starting early in the year.
They will have a Winter Solstice celebration Saturday evening 6-8 PM, grill some meat, make a bon fire, set off some fireworks. Everyone is invited.
Mary Lou: Nenana Native Council had elections yesterday. She is looking for a place to rent. If anybody hears of a place, let her know.
Virginia: Her daughter and son-in-law are off to Bulgaria for a month. She is taking care of their pet rats and avocado plant.
Miles: He brought live flowering sweet pepper plants for give-away.
Tim: Wednesday evening, 6:30 PM, at the school, the K-6th grade Christmas pageant, in the pit. Always a good time.
Sunday there will be Christmas caroling starting at the Senior Center at 6 PM.
Christmas Eve Open House at the Troxel’s starting at 4 PM.
The Book Club is reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance; they will be meeting at Virginia’s house on 4th Street Monday the 12th of January to discuss.
Nancy last night at the Tortella Building; the presenter was from the Cooperative Extension. She attended an interesting lecture on native plants. Mike and Barbara Carson were there and had much knowledge to share. They decided to continue yoga, Mon., Wed., and Fridays, 10 AM at Meda Lord.
Bonnie: Hal is having a 10 year celebration and pot luck Saturday, 4-6 PM, in his new shop at Nenana Fabrication.

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