WIN Minutes 12-30-14

Nenana Wellness Coalition
December 30, 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 10 participants today: Bonnie Reed, Kat McElroy, Mary & Nina Alexander, Virginia Young, Tara, Tim Horn, Miles Martin and Tobin Hugny. We enjoyed chili negro enchiladas, mixed green salad, kim chee, 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 Tim Horn, followed by the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE.

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

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


Envisioning Wellness: Tim has not yet emailed a request to the new CEO of Toghotthele to speak with us but will do so. Our next scheduled presentation will be the HBO Addiction DVD the first segment of which we shall view and discuss January 13th.
Talking Addiction/Recovery: Kat McElroy asked the group to help decide which segment of the Addiction DVD they would like to view first. Initially, this documentary was put out as a 90 minute exploration of many facets of addiction and recovery. When HBO re-issued the series, they put it out in a 4-DVD set which includes expanded examinations of various pieces of the original documentary, interventions, relapse, adolescent issues, opioid replacement therapy, stimulant addiction and brain chemistry. It was agreed to begin with the segment on How to Get an Addict Into Treatment. There is a LOT of information in the series, much of which may be applicable to our ongoing discussions about the effects addiction has in our community and strategies for addressing those dynamics that seem to drive problematic substance use.
Nenana Book Club: They are currently reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance which they will meet to discuss at Virginia Young’s house, 409 4th Street on Monday the 12th of January, 7 PM. The next book they will be reading is Piers Anthony’s fantasy A Spell for Chameleon. Discussion ensued regarding how books are selected for reading.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: Here Come the Sun. (As The World Turns….)
Bonnie: New Year’s Eve celebration at the Tribal Hall Wednesday evening, 8 PM, with live music, pot luck and fireworks.
Kat: Chuck Hugny asked her to announce they will be having an opening ceremony for the new cross country ski trail they just put in next Thursday, January 8th, at the Student Living Center, starting at 3:30 PM. He says they have gear for people to borrow if they want to utilize this new 2 kilometer trail for recreation.
Tim: January 20th will be the first at home game for NCPS against TriValley, 3 PM the girl’s team plays, 4:30 the JV team, 6PM the Varsity boy’s team.
The next singalong and jam session is scheduled for Friday, January 16th, 7PM at Kat and David’s house. Bring your instruments and any music to share.
Miles: Is concerned due to warm weather and with open leads on the river, that people going out into the woods need to know that the swamps and rivers are not frozen tight yet.
Tara: The semester is over. She has all A’s so far.
Nina: Just moved in to Meda Lord Center. She spent 10 days in Hawaii and then was down in Anchorage for awhile. It’s good to be back.
Virginia: There is a peony grower’s conference in Fairbanks in January. People wanting details should go to the Alaska Peony Growers web site for information.
The new tribal administrator is Kathy Morgan. She starts working January 6th.


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