Nenana Wellness Coalition
March 24, 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.
We had eight participants today: Kat McElroy, David Poppe, Jeannie Bennett, Carol Walters, Bonnie Reed, Tim Horn, Maryellen Robinson and Natalie Wong. We enjoyed hearty beef stew, mixed garden salad, and Ritz crackers with sliced cheese for lunch.
WELCOME and READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson, Jeannie Bennett.
PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: No modifications to the agenda.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Posted at the WIN link at http://www.railbelt.org and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list with no reported issues.
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: Carol Walters was welcomed back; she is Hal Chapman’s mother and has visited with us before.
Nenana Health Fair: We are still on for April first, in the gym at Nenana City Public School. Blood Pressure and registration people will need to be there a little before 8 AM to set up. Health Fair Inc., from Fairbanks, will be there to begin blood draws at 8 AM People needing vouchers for blood work should contact Jeannie Bennett at 978-9579; these vouchers are issued first call/first served and there are eight remaining of ten allotted. It is important to remember to do a 12 hour fast before obtaining blood work to ensure accuracy of the results.
Signage has gone up at Coghill’s and a large sign will be placed up inside the school to advertise this event. Flyers had been posted that incorrectly noted the day of the health fair as being Saturday but those have been corrected to inform the community that the fair will be held on WEDNESDAY, April first, no joke! Railbelt will be providing snacks and lunch, as usual. Access Alaska intends to do a wheelchair obstacle course. Clear Fire will be doing a presentation on fire safety and prevention.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: The ground on which we stand is sacred ground. It is the dust and blood of our ancestors. —-Plenty Coups, CROW
Bonnie: Has been experiencing issues with her sewer. First she was told it was “just the vent,” but she knew it wasn’t. She paid to have someone come look at it. After having it attended to and replacing her toilet, she discovered that the issue was the line out back is frozen.
Donald Stickman’s funeral was yesterday afternoon with a pot latch afterwards. They are taking him by snow-machine over to Manley Hot Springs to be buried, his Last Ride.
Bonnie is hosting the themed devotional, on Love, tomorrow night at her house, 7 PM.
David: The Animal Planet television crew was at his place yesterday from about 2:30-6:00 PM, filming an episode about large animal veterinary practices in Alaska. Dr. Dee from Animal House Clinic in Fairbanks was down; they castrated 18 male piggies, and one calf. All in all it went well although David nicked his finger with a scalpel blade. They filmed an interview with him standing out in the boar’s pen which made him nervous and at one point he was more-or-less attacked by one of the mama pigs while attempting to return one of the young uns. Deryl Krause assisted in wrangling the critters. The episode will not air until next fall sometime.
Kat: Her grand-daughter Aurora was down for a visit during Spring Break, a much enjoyed albeit too short event. All is well at Railbelt. Rosemary is on the mend after masked men stabbed her multiple times in the belly. Kat will not be here April 7th; she is making a quick trip to Anchorage. Maryellen will also be gone that week so someone will need to attend to a lunch or people will have to brown bag it or go hungry.
Tim: Wednesday and Thursday will be parent/teacher conferences at NCPS.
The Nenana book club is reading Sometimes A Great Notion by Ken Kesey. Discussion will occur the first Monday of the month, 7 PM, place TBD.
Carol: Shared with us some of her thoughts and feelings regarding survivor guilt after her son’s suicide which hit the family hard. She and her husband have sold the homestead and will be moving to Montana.
Maryellen: Is in the middle of doing an assessment at the school of the effects of chew tobacco in our community. She has identified key people to interview. She is working with Megan on our next Choose respect march and rally which as usual will begin at the depot and end at the school and will occur Thursday April 2. The march will start at Noon and the students will all be participating. They have a few small size t-shirts for giveaway but everyone should bring their Choose Respect shirts and join in the event.
Natalie: Is preparing for the big Phlight Club lock-in this weekend, for youth in 5th grades through 12th grade. The activities will begin at 5:30 PM Friday and run through noon on Sunday. Participants will complete personal resiliency assessments as part of this community building and leadership development process and learn how to strengthen any identified areas of need and build on their areas of strength. Plans to hold a Phlight day camp for younger students have been put on hold while they work out the logistics of this process with the older students. Members of the community are invited to attend. There is a sign-up sheet at the Senior Center. Natalie’s cell: (503) 515-2486.
Natalie is proud to announce that she is now an official Alaskan resident, with Alaskan driver’s license, etc., so now she can be a member of the 49’ers Club!