WIN Minutes 1-06-15

Nenana Wellness Coalition
January 6, 2015

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 13 participants today: Bob & Elaine Mitchell, Bonnie Reed, Kat McElroy, Virginia Young, Tara, Tim Horn, Miles Martin, Nancy Theirheimer, Jeannie Bennett, Harriet Borst and Bill & Rebecca Troxel. We enjoyed Shepherd’s pie, mixed green salad, Ritz crackers and sliced cheese and walnuts & raisins for lunch and pumpkin pie for dessert.

WELCOME and READING OF THE MISSION STATEMENT by today’s chairperson: Jeannie Bennett.

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 and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list.

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: Bob & Elaine Mitchell were welcomed as new participants at WIN.


Nenana Health Fair: Is scheduled to be held April 1st, at Nenana City Public School, with a focus this year on youth health issues. Jeannie would like to hold the first organizational meeting next Tuesday, 10:30 AM, at her workshop. There was some discussion regarding the tasks and scope of activities of the planning committee. Nancy indicated she would like to volunteer. Jeannie will post an open invitation to the public via our Nenana Community Face Book page. She will ask Susan to suggest and person from the school to be on the committee; it was suggested this might be a role for the new school counselor, Natalie. We also need to contact the clinic as there has been a change in staff there, to see what role they envision playing in the health fair and to elicit input from them. Kat checked with Laura and we do have funds leftover from last year as well as the recent donation from the Ice Classic. Anyone with ideas for health issues they would like to see addressed, contact Tim or Jeannie.
Radon Presentation and Rocket Stove Workshop: Art Nash contacted Tim seeking input for a presentation he would like to do next week in Nenana about Radon. He will do a workshop after the presentation on how to build a rocket stove from tin cans. He wanted to know what evening would be best and asked for suggested venues. Tim polled the group and will forward the gathered suggestions to Art. She will notify Kat to post to the WIN e-list if a time/date/locale is conformed.
Nenana Blood Drive: This event scheduled for February will unfortunately have to be cancelled due to budget cuts at The Blood Bank in Fairbanks. Anyone wishing to donate blood is encouraged to contact them.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: When we’re through with this earth and all these problems, we don’t have to come back. But as long as we’re here we have a job to do and a purpose to fulfill, and that means dealing with the circumstances around us.” ——-Rolling Thunder, Cherokee

Nancy: Hannah is back tomorrow and they will resume yoga Mondays and Wednesdays, 10-11 AM at Meda Lord Center. She has a movie called Thrive she would like WIN to watch for discussion.
Bob: Doesn’t want to cause a riot but reports he saw a drone.
Elaine: Still getting stuff moved from their old place to Meda Lord.
Kat: Was alarmed at New Year’s Eve that there was an intoxicated person shooting a hand-gun, first up into the air, and then down and off into the trees, in a crowd while kids were running about watching the fireworks display.
There will be a cit assembly meeting Thursday night, 01-08-15, at 6 PM.
Virginia: Really enjoying doing yoga. It is so much fun there with the participation of Meda Lord residents.
Tim: Monday evenings is Game Night at Meda Lord’s, 6:30 PM.
Next Monday, 1-13, Nenana book club will meet at Virginia’s place, 409 4th Street, at 7 PM, to discuss Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.
Tuesday, the 13th, WIN will be viewing the first part of the HBO documentary Addiction, on intervention.
Friday the 16th there will be a sing-along at Kat and David’s, 7 PM, bring instruments, your voices, and music.
Tuesday the 20th is our first home game, Nenana vs TriValley at NCPS; the next home game will be against Effie Kokrine, January 30th.
Tara: Tomorrow there will be a send-off for all the politicians from our area going to Juneau, at the Blue Loon in Fairbanks, 6 PM.
Bill: The Senior Center needs a bus driver.
Rebecca: Her broody hen is setting another clutch. She is over the moon loving her kids. William is speaking in three word sentences. Emily loves everything pink and sparkly and pony. Ethan is brilliant doing in his school studies. Aerin at 16 is focused on growing up/moving away.
Harriet: Just added two new great great grandsons to her family.
Miles: Busy packing to go to Tucson for a month to visit his mom and pushing to get his books finished. His latest is coming out in a Kindle edition.
Jeannie: Hopes she is done travelling for awhile. She got some family business taken care of and had a good time but her husband is glad she’s back. She is thinking about the next Freecycle.


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