WIN Minutes 3-17-15

Nenana Wellness Coalition
March 17, 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 10 participants today: Bonnie Reed, Kat McElroy, David Poppe, Megan Spencer, Mary Alexander, Beverly Joseph, Miles Martin, Tim Horn and Amie & James Verhagan. We enjoyed chum salmon chowder , carrot apple salad, sliced cheese with Ritz crackers and cutie tangerines crisp for lunch.

WELCOME followed by the READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson, Bonnie Reed

PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: One addition to the agenda as presented.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Posted on the WIN link at and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list.

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: No new guests this week


2015 Nenana Health Fair: The Health Fair will be held April first, at the Nenana City Public School, in the gym. Blood work will begin at 8 AM. Don’t forget that this requires a 12 hour fast. To accommodate the student’s testing schedules, exhibits will be open from 10 AM-2PM. We have already received gift certificates from H2Oasis, Gulliver’s Books and Beaver Sports. Two masseuses have been hired to provide short bodywork sessions. UAF will be doing a booth on gardening. Amie will reprise her fitness activities booth which was a favorite last year. Miles has posted flyers around town.
Seeds and Gardening Round Table Discussion: Miles has already begun his starts: tomatoes and cucumbers. His worm project continues; they are very active and have reproduced incredibly. He is applying many of the things he learned during his stay with Club Fed, including: amending the soil with charcoal to help it retain nutrients available for root hairs; adding plenty of organic material to the soil so it will hold water. He suggests starting leeks, all onions, tomatoes and cukes, lobelia and alyssum early and mentioned starting them in the same type of soil they will be going into as else wise it is too great a transplant shock. Mary mentioned that the school garden behind the NSLC will need amendments and asked for recommendations. Tim has the book, Steve Solomon’s Complete Organic Fertilizer which suggests using bone meal, soy meal, etc., organic substances she has. Kat suggested Tim make up so small bags so people can see what it is. David has rotted manure and spoke briefly of the benefits of using manure but the drawbacks if it is not well-rotted. Amie asked about garden prep if you are starting out with brand new soil. Miles suggested she come visit and see what he and Irene have been doing. Mary asked and David agreed to provide some of his rotted manure for the school garden. Mary remarked that it is very noticeable in the community garden that Tim and Miles both feed their soil; it shows in the produce. Miles warned about starting squashes too early; they will grow huge but then stall when you transplant out into the garden so you are better off just planting seed directly to the ground.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: Éirinn go Brách—-Ireland forever. Or as we always said in Brooklyn: Up The Irish!

Mary: They have a new resident at Meda Lord’s Senior Housing. Monday night is still Game night, 7 PM, and yoga every Monday and Wednesday at 10 AM, with between 5 to 10 participants, usually. Wes has been keeping the fire going in the Great Room which really cheers the residents.
Beverly: Would like us to invite Sarah Susook from Wasilla whom she met at the Fairbanks Festival of Native Arts to present to us about Chaga Tea. Sarah’s email is if they are interested in finding out about purchasing this from Ms. Susook. Also she appreciates our ongoing prayers and support for her family’s recovery from addiction and our ability to see especially her son’s victory from this disease.
Kat: Beverly’s comment reminds her of the findings in a CSAT (Center for Substance Abuse Treatment’s) survey of factors that support positive outcomes for people experiencing addiction and the number one factor they identified was counselor belief that the client could obtain and maintain abstinence, which by extensions would mean belief of family and friends that recovery is not only possible, but expected. Also, she is really enjoying learning to play her ukulele; thinks if YouTube had existed when she first picked up a guitar 50 years ago, she would have learned to play that much more quickly. Last week she learned a 12 bar blues progression with turnaround and has actually developed muscle memory for it. God bless the Mudge’s for teaching all of our kids the joy of making music.
David: Provided a little talk on pig management 101 which he has been learning this week moving pigs from town to out on the property and loading up four of them yesterday to take to slaughter. The baby pigs are one month old and are beginning to outgrow their quarters. He believes he will sell up to half of them as feeder pigs at age three month, the others to market at age six months.
Megan: Our Nenana youth are invited to a Cultural Exchange Camp in Kodiak in mid-July. Applications for any youth interested are available at the Rec Center and are due by March 27. They will be doing dance practice there every Thursday after school. There will be a Phlight School lock-in at the school the weekend of March 27 and adults are invited to volunteer to participate.
Tim: Still recovering after their trip to Florida to attend a family wedding. Carl looked dashing in his tuxedo. They toured a cigar factory and the Everglades.
April 7th Virginia Young will be doing a presentation about her peony project.
The Book Club is reading Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Keasy and will be meeting the evening of April 6th to discuss.
Amie: They just completed their most recent eight week Health Challenge. They had over 40 participants and 23 winners. This session they had the fewest number of drop-outs. She believes this might be because they changed the rules somewhat to enlarge the number of people who could win.


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