Nenana Wellness Coalition
January 20, 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, masticate, celebrate and help implement plans for improving the wellness and quality of life in Nenana Alaska.
We had 10 participants today: Natalie Chong, Maryellen Robinson, Tara, Harriat Borst, Bonnie Reed, Kat McElroy, Virginia Young, Tim Horn, Nancy Theirhemier, Jeannie Bennett. We enjoyed pasta with red garlic sauce and meat balls, mixed green salad, Ritz crackers with sliced cheese and walnuts & raisins for lunch.
WELCOME and READING OF THE MISSION STATEMENT by today’s chairperson: Jeannie Bennett.
PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There were four 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: No new guests this week at WIN.
Nenana Health Fair: There will be no planning meeting this afternoon due to scheduling conflicts. The next planning meeting will be Friday the 23rd, at 3:15 PM, at Natalie’s office in the school. People with ideas for the health fair should contact Nancy, Susan or Jeannie.
Student Support Card: Natalie brought a handout about a recent report on the number of K-12 students in our nation currently living in poverty. We had a discussion about the education process and the need to have schools that support communities and communities that support schools for the children’s educational process to be effective. Natalie talked a little about the Student Support Card program they are initiating which is designed to create a measurable way to help students to develop resiliency, identify and strengthen their current supports and discover and initiate additional supports. They are planning to hold a Flight Camp which will be a lock-in at the school the weekend of March 27-19th. This event will be by invitation. The focus of this process is relationship building. Natalie is working on surveys for youth and adults to obtain a baseline of perceived resiliency factors.
Line Dancing: Rebecca Ulery will be moving is planning on moving to the Lower 48 but Tim will be FB messaging her to see if she will be available to teach a line dance class. February 9th, 16th and 23rd will be offered as possible dates. It will need to be determined if these conflict with local or away basketball games.
Free Cycle: Jeannie is thinking to set the date for the next Freecycle as Saturday, January 31st, 5:30 PM. She will contact Sherrie to see about reserving the Civic Center.
Nenana Jam Session: We have rescheduled this due to the pot latch last Friday and will meet instead this coming Friday, January 23rd, at Kat and David’s place. They will begin at 7 PM. Everyone is invited; bring your instruments, your voices, your music and your enthusiasm. This is amateur night at the fun factory.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: Keep your words thoughtful; use them with care. You may be the only voice of reason in the room. Anonymous
TIM: Tonight will be the first home game at Nenana City Public School. No JV so games start at 6 PM and 7:30 PM. Next home game will be Friday the 30th, against Effie Kokrine School.
Saturday the 24th there will be a student fund-raiser bake sale at Coghills.
February 2nd the Nenana Book Club Meets at Karen Harvey’s house at 7 PM to discuss Piers Anthony’s Spell for Chameleon.
February 3-7th is the Nenana Invitational Tournement at NCPS.
Kat: Will be attending the Alaska Commission for Behavioral Health Certification board meeting in Anchorage, gone January 27-30.Natalie and Maryellen have volunteered to provide lunch in her absence. She got behind the wheel training on the ambulance for Nenana EMS.
Virginia: Wednesday the 21st 7 PM at her house there will be the first talking circle to explore spirituality. Future talking circles will be scheduled at that time.
Maryellen: PINK has made some videos for public awareness campaign. Maryellen’s class schedule has changed so she will be able to join us again at WIN.
Bonnie: The Senior Center’s annual meeting will be held during lunch on Wednesday, February 18, during which board elections shall be held.
Nancy: Yoga is ongoing at Meda Lord, Monday and Wednesday, 10-11 AM.
Harriet: Really had fun last night at Game Night held every Monday at Meda Lord Housing starting at 6:30 PM.
Natalie: Has her dogs now so is scouting to find safe places to walk them.