Nenana Wellness Coalition
May 19, 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, David Poppe, Bonnie Reed, Virginia Young, Mary Alexander, Miles Martin and Natalie Wong. We enjoyed egg salad sandwiches, guacamole, brownies, cacoa and coconut bites , mixed garden salad, and Ritz crackers with sliced cheese for lunch.
WELCOME and READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson, Virginias Young.
PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: One modification to the agenda.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES: No minutes generated last week due to Kat’s absence.
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: No new guests this week
Envisioning Wellness: Miles had a phone call from a woman, Tamara, who is with the Alaska Energy Authority, indicating that she would be interested in coming to Nenana sometime in October to do a presentation about energy efficiency in homes “at your meeting.” He was not clear if she was calling him as a representative of the now defunct Nenana Chamber of Commerce or of WIN, or what He will contact her for details. It was suggested that if she wanted to reach a wider audience, she may want to look at presenting at one of our quarterly Village Pride/Community Safety meetings.
Nenana Market Garden Project: Virginia and Mary gave an update on this project. Mary applied for and was hired into the garden manager position of this agricultural project that is being sponsored by the Nenana Native Council. They have hired four local youth to do the gardening, three of whom will begin work this afternoon, hauling loads of composted manure and digging it into the soil. A venue for the market has yet to be determined.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: “To be able to greet the sun with the sounds from all of Nature is a great blessing, and it helps us to remember Who is the real provider of all of our benefits.” –Thomas Yellowtail, CROW
Bonnie: Tomorrow at 2 PM will be Kindergarten graduation at NCPS in the gym. 8th Grade graduation will be at 6 PM, in the Pit.
The Ice Classic Annual Meeting will be held May 26th at the Civic Center, starting at 6 PM; all residents of Nenana are invited to attend, vote for the new board, and enjoy a delicious meal.
Kat: Railbelt is in the final push for obtaining their CARF accreditation. The CARF team will be there May 27-19th to do an on-site, tour the facilities, go over the clinical records and the P&P and to interview current and former clients.
The City Assembly will be having a work session to look at te revenues side of the proposed FY2016 budget and will likely have a special session to complete revisions to the budget.
Miles: The Mayor mentioned that there is a major underground water leak somewhere and everyone should keep their eyes open to find it.
David: Showed us photographs of his latest new-born calf, another female.
Natalie: Has been very busy at school this month; no one ever warned her how manic everything gets after break-up. Her parents are coming Thursday for a two week meeting. Natalie is going to ask her if she would be willing to teach us a kim chee making class.