Nenana Wellness Coalition
February 10, 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, masticate and help implement plans for improving the wellness and quality of life in Nenana Alaska.
There were 7 in attendance today, including: Kat McElroy, Bonnie Reed, Virginia Young, Mary Alexander, Natalie Chong, Jeannie Bennett and Tim Horn. We enjoyed beef stew, fresh garden salad, Ritz crackers with sliced cheese and raisins and pecans for lunch.
WELCOME followed by the READING OF MISSION STATEMENT, by this week’s chair-person: Tim Horn
PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There was three additions to the agenda as presented today.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES: No minutes were taken to be posted at the WIN link at http://www.railbelt.org nor submitted electronically to the WIN e-list.
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: No new guests this week.
Envisioning Wellness: Tim has emailed Bart at Toghotthele Corporation, per his affirmation that he would do an update for us on Tog projects. Virginia Young is slated to present to us about Peony production on April 7th. Natalie will check with Derek to see if any of his scheduled return visits to Nenana will include a Tuesday so he can present to us about developing resiliency with youth. As the Pleasure Unwoven DVD was viewed only halfway thru, we will schedule to view the second half next week, February 17th, with discussion to follow.
Nenana Health Fair: The next planning meeting is scheduled for tomorrow, February 11th, at 3:20, in Mindy’s office at the school, which is right next door to the main office. It was suggested that a member of the planning committee contact TCC to let them know the date of the upcoming Health Fair, as historically they have presented on a variety of health-related subjects.
Walking Paths: Virginia said that it has come up in discussion during yoga, it would be nice if we had some designated walking paths in Nenana for people wanting to increase their outdoor exercise. Various routes discussed today included: using the ski trails during summer season, the path along the river down by the Pavilion, the 9th Street loop, the long loop around Crowley, under the highway over[pass, over to the A-Frame and back. Another suggestion was the desirability of having a map with various walking routes marked and trail markers to indicate mileage. This would be good for the Visitor’s Center. This could be a good project for them to be involved in.
Street Lighting: A lot of our street lights are kaput again. Some dim and blink and many are just not illuminating at all. This is a safety issue in the dark winters. It was suggested, and Virginia and Mary volunteered, to get a map of Nenana from the city and walk each street, marking which lights are non-functional or have other issues. Then a group of us could bring the issue to city assembly to have repairing or replacing the lights put on an action plan for completion.
Community Garden: Virginia said that in reality there is no shortage of space, resources, or customers to impede building upon our already established school garden project. The first year, initially, the students were somewhat reluctant, looking askance at the garden produce, but in the following several years, students have gained enthusiasm, along with familiarity with the garden. They are especially fond of the fresh picked carrots. Crops that have done well are potatoes, cabbages and carrots. He school buys them for use in the school food programs. The Cooperative Extension Program and Fairbanks North Star School District schools have created garden-based curricula to incorporate gardening activities directly into academic work. Calypso Farm in Ester has been instrumental in that process. Virginia would like to see someone take lead to develop a summer garden market to enlarge the sales potential. This may be a funding stream for student activities.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: The ground on which we stand is sacred ground. It is the dust and blood of our ancestors. —-Plenty Coups, CROW
Jeannie: There will be line-dancing February 16th and 23rd, 7-9 PM, at the Civic Center.
Bonnie: Annual meeting and elections at the Senior Center Wednesday, after lunch.
Natalie: Is busy creating resiliency surveys for adults and youth. She’s having lots of meetings with young students seeking her support.
She would be interested in starting a Knitting Group here in Nenana if anyone else is interested. She would be willing to host it at her house
Kat: Anyone interested should drive by our place down 7th street and check out the new four stall “piggery” David and Leon built. The four soon-to-be-mama pigs are happily ensconced in their new digs, bedded down into several feet deep piles of hay.
Virginia: Will be in Anchorage Thursday and will visit her daughter and her young grandson. She still has the farm house for rent, no new tenants yet. In one month she will travel to Israel to visit her son, Roland, who shall be returning from there mid-April.
She would be interested in being involved in a knitting group if one gets started. She suggests that perhaps other knitters like Rebecca Troxel and Harriet Borst would also be interested.
Mary: Still enjoying yoga every Monday and Wednesday, 10 AM and game night is every Monday, 6:30 PM, in the Great Room.
Grandma Nina likes to knit. Maybe the knit group could meet on Game night at Meda Lord?
Tim: Congratulations to the Lady Lynx who took first place in the women’s division at Nenana Invitational Tournament this weekend.
The Nenana Book Club is reading Unbroken by Laura Hildebrand.
Also, does anyone know about a talent show here in Nenana, when is the next one? Is this maybe the coffee house performance at the school?
ADJOURNMENT: 2:00 PM.