Nenana Wellness Coalition
April 21, 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 & Leon McElroy, Rose Allen, David Poppe, Jeannie Bennett, Bonnie Reed, Virginia Young, Tim Horn, Mary Alexander, Harriet Borst, Miles Martin 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: One modifications to the agenda.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES: No minutes generated last week due to Kat’s absence.
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: No new guests this week
Nenana Clean-Up Day: Kat texted Annalee Coy at the school and called Susan Kauffman. She determined that the school has set May 15th for their clean-up day. It is unknown at this time if there will be a picnic or bar-b-que. Annalee says she will be out-of-town that date due to medical issues, so she has appointed Derek Ketzler to oversee school clean-up activities in her stead. There are yellow bags in bundles at the city office for anyone needing these. It is at this point undetermined who will be doing pick-up of the bags or if the landfill will be willing to accept them gratis. Jason at the city office says that to his knowledge no one at the tribe has formalized any plans yet. Jeannie says she is willing to make flyers and Miles said he will post them around town. Jeannie does not want to step on anyone’s toes.
Nenana Health Fair: We had our Health Fair April first, in the gym at Nenana City Public School. We provided blood work to 37 people. Several of the presenters from out of town remarked that it was the best Health Fair ever attended.” They were especially impressed by how well the students participated to “earn” their door prize chances. Leon noted that we need an extra-large blood pressure cuff.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: Conciliation is the key to survival. Peace is the goal. —-Haida Gwaii, Traditional Circle of Elders
Virginia: The Baha’i will celebrate Ridvin starting at 4 PM today at Tim’s house.
At Meda Lord Center: Wednesday evenings Nancy Jones is playing Hymns and people are singing and harmonizing. Thursday night there is a Knotting Group meeting to share expertise and help with one another’s projects. Soup is served at 6:30 PM and knitting begins at 7:00.
Virginia encourages people to check out The Alaska Peony Growers Cooperative, an open and supportive group encouraging others to engage in peony production. They still do not have enough peonies being raised to fill orders.
Bonnie: Friday at Noon at the Watch Tower, everyone is invited to attend the Ice Watch picnic which will be held whether the ice has already gone out or not.
Mary: They are preparing for Grandma Nina’s birthday party to be held at Meda Lord Saturday evening 6 PM.
Rose: Laura is due to have her baby Tuesday so Rose is on baby watch until the birth. All is good at Railbelt. We just finished our Continuation Grant application. As always, there are funding concerns.
Kat: David sold 26 baby piggies, 40 pound weaners on Saturday, hurray! We have had (yet another) bull calf born. This would be the third this year and ten bull calves in a row since last summer. This one, Brutus, joins Beavis and Butthead. David had an audiologist examination yesterday down in Anchorage, after which he opted to walk eight miles back to the airport. He reports his ankle, “Hurts a little bit.”
David: What Kat said. Having only six little piggies left makes it lots easier to get in and out of the pig pen. He is glad to have a milk cow in production again.
Tim: Bart from Toghotthele is scheduled to speak at WIN on June 16. May 12th Virginia will give her Peony talk.
Exhibitions of Learning will be presented at NCPS April 30, 5-7 PM.
The Nenana book club is reading A Yellow Raft in Blue Water by Michael Dorris Discussion will occur the first Monday of the month, 7 PM, place TBD.
27 Nenana students will be going to state Music fest.
Clean Up Day is May 15. Graduation is May 17th, 2 PM.
Natalie: Is already preparing for the next Phlight Club lock-in the first week school begins again in August, Wednesday-Saturday
Next year she will be teaching Health to K-8th grades and will not be able to attend WIN.
She will be moving in to the log house next door to the city office. She has taken in two student houseguests who will be graduating at the end of the semester.
Miles: Says in light of funding cuts at the city, he is willing to grow flowers to donate for use at the library and the Visitor’s center.
Harriet: Says she certainly appreciates the peonies that Virginia donated to the Seniiors.