WIN Minutes 3-31-15

Nenana Wellness Coalition
March 31, 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 14 participants today: Bonnie Reed, Kat & Leon McElroy, Harriet Borst, Jeannie Bennett, Virginia Young, Miles Martin, Tim Horn and Amie & James Verhagan and Evelyn Verhagan and three young sons only one of whose name was this writer able to catch—Jonathan. We enjoyed pork enchiladas, carrot cabbage salad and sliced cheese with Ritz crackers for lunch.

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

PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: No additions 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: Set-up is scheduled for this afternoon, 2:30 PM; Leon and the Blair boys have volunteered to do the heavy lifting and help Jeannie get the gym set up. Plans are to arrive between 7 and 7:20 AM tomorrow morning. Jeannie says the Health Fair increased dramatically in size this week as students completed various projects to present. 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 yet to hear back from the second massage person. The committee has assembled a variety of door prizes and give-aways for participants including gift cards, sports equipment, gift certificates and H2Oasis passes. Jeannie says she will be so grateful when Thursday arrives; Kat agrees.

WELLNESS THOUGHT: Rather than ask how to achieve more, maybe it is getting to be time to ask, “More of what? And why?” Katie Baker
Harriet: Has recently added two great great grandsons to her family tree; this makes three. She is in the process of disassembling and reassembling a quilt for her son. She had added an extra row and it threw the pattern off, so back to the drawing board.
Leon: Is working his way up the wait-list for the Building Facilities Maintenance program at the Job Corps in Palmer. Came down from North Pole to help us all out with the Health Fair.
Kat: Animal Planet came to Nenana Urban Farm and filmed. The segment will be aired sometime this fall. The piglets are growing rapidly. Kat will not be here next Tuesday as she will be taking inventory to the trunk show at Alaska Bead Company in Anchorage, a quick trip there and back.
Tuesday, April 7th, at 5:30 PM, there will be a seed starting class at the tribal hall, put on by the Cooperative Extension. If you want to be part of the seed giveaway this year at the tribal hall, you need to attend this event.
Tim: Carl has been sick. She is trying not to be a slackard.
There will be the final Coffee House of the year, Saturday, 7 PM, in the Pit at NCPS. There will be student performances, and Open Mic, and refreshments sold.
Megan Spencer is organizing a Girl’s Night Out lock-in that same evening, at the Recreation Center.
Miles: Told us a nice story about seeing a note online in the minutes of a group similar to ours in upstate New York, advertising a rock saw for sale. He called the number. At first the gentleman didn’t understand that Miles was contacting him from a small river village in Interior Alaska, but eventually he was willing to mail the saw to Miles, which he received, in good shape but kinda greasy as the fellow hadn’t thought to drain the fluids before shipping it.
Virginia: Is back from her trip to Israel where she visited her son, Roland. He toured her around. She described the hills in Haifa, her amazement at the sheer amount of history that has occurred in that small space known as Jerusalem, and an encounter with armed border guards on a road trip to see Nimrod Castle. They were turned back by the guards and unable to complete their trip. She also said that she missed her train in Haifa, went to the wrong terminal at La Guardia and got on the wrong shuttle van at Fairbanks International yet still managed to arrive safely home.
Amie: Has started her garden including Black Prince tomato seeds she got from Miles and is amazed all of her little seedlings are up within one week. She also said she is expecting another child, a sibling for James, due in October.
Evelyn: Busy redoing the web site for their construction business; she is learning so much about SEO, search engine optimization.
Bonnie: The Easter celebration at the library will begin at 1 PM on Saturday; everyone is invited. Library staff would like everyone to know that no city funds are being expended for this event.


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