Nenana Wellness Coalition
December 23, 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 8 participants today: Kat McElroy, Bonnie Reed, Wes & Mary Alexander, Virginia Young, Tim Horn, and Claude & Missy Demientieff. We enjoyed beef stew, sunshine cole slaw, Ritz crackers and sliced cheese and walnuts & raisins for lunch.
WELCOME and READING OF THE MISSION STATEMENT by today’s chairperson: Bonnie Reed.
PRAYER was sung by Virginia Young, Bonnie Reed and Tim Horn, followed by the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE.
PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There were two items added to the agenda.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Minutes were posted at the WIN link at http://www.railbelt.org and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list.
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: Claude Demientieff introduced us to his companion dog, Missy.
WIN Agenda Format: Kat had tallied the results from our poll. There were 13 participants in the survey; the results broke out as follows: five chose option number four which was to have no prayer and no pledge for three months and then re-evaluate; three chose option three which was replace the prayer and the pledge with a simple Moment of Silence; two picked option number two which was delete the prayer and the pledge altogether; one opted for number one which was No Changes at All. Two respondents indicated they had no opinion one way or the other and would go along with whatever the consensus opinion may be. Wes indicated that he believes the pledge should be kept in honor of all those people who have defended our nation. Mary explained some of the long discussions that have occurred previously regarding the issue of prayer and pledge in our agenda. She indicated that one of the things she most values in WIN is that people agree to listen to different opinions. Kat likened this to one of the AA service concepts, known informally as the Right To Be Wrong, the value of the minority opinion in any group process.
Discussion ensued as to the original purpose of WIN, the formation of the initial agenda format, the changes in membership we have experienced in eleven years and the process by which this survey was initiated. Further discussion occurred regarding the results of the tally. It was decided we would the months of January, February and March with no prayer and no pledge in the agenda and then re-evaluate. It was agreed that the process has been cumbersome but fruitful as it allows for everyone to have a say if they so chose in the matter.
Envisioning Wellness: Tim was reminded that she was going to email the new CEO of Toghotthele, Bart Garber, once he got settled in to his new position there, to present tous about future plans for Tog. It was suggested we ask Carl Horn if he would be willing to give a presentation about taxes. Virginia volunteered to ask Hal Chapman if he would interested in speaking with us about common sense preventative maintenance in winter for vehicles. May said she would be willing to explore having someone from the Cooperative Extension or Interior/Aleutians Campus of UAF. The new contact person for that campus is Angela Rutman, 1-800-474-5826. Also we have invited Natalie Chong, the new K-7th grade school counselor to speak with us about her new position.
The next video we will be viewing is the HBO DVD series Addiction. Kat will email the details to Tim so Bonnie can get them into the Senior’s newsletter. We will view the first segment on January 13th. It is broken down into smaller segments to aid discussion of all the materials presented about addiction, relapse, adolescent use, brain chemistry and recovery.
New Year’s Eve Celebration: Wes has been working with George Albert who has been trying to get funding to do the New Year’s Eve event. It is expected to begin around eight with live music and a community pot luck. Kat will make soup. Victor Lord has some meat he will cook. Bonnie said she would bring pie. Wes called Duke who affirmed they had acquired some funding for fireworks to cap the celebration.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: “It’s not the package and the wrapping which counts but what is inside, underneath the clothes and the skin.” –Lame Deer, LAKOTA
Virginia showed us photographs she took of the D-7 caterpillar that has gone through the ice down at the end of 10th street in the Nenana River. This has somewhat impacted the ice bridge construction.
Kat: Had 19 participants at the Winter Solstice celebration at her house; they grilled pork, beef and bear, shot off fireworks and had a song fest. The singing and guitars and ukulele music was such great fun that a repeat event has been scheduled for the day after Christmas, December 26th, 7 PM at Kat’s. Bring your instruments and your vices and let us all Sing Out!
Mary: Love this season where there are just parties and celebrations everywhere.
Wes: He and George are looking for donations to pay for Fairbanks musicians to join us New Year’s Eve.
Bonnie: Shared her apple pie recipe. Virginia wrote it down so if you want this arcane knowledge, you will have to pick Virginia’s brain.
Tim. Santa Claus will be at the Civic Center tonight at 7 PM. No yoga this week due to the holidays.
ADJOURNMENT: 2:05 PM