WIN Minutes 5-26-15

Nenana Wellness Coalition
May 26, 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 seven participants today: Kat McElroy, David Poppe, Jeannie Bennett, Bonnie Reed, Tim Horn, Miles Martin and Virginia Young. We enjoyed meatball soup, cole slaw, and Ritz crackers with sliced cheese for lunch.

WELCOME and READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson, Jeannie Bennett.


APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Posted at the WIN link at and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list with no reported issues.

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: No new guests this week.

Traditional Memorial Day: This will be celebrated in Nenana on Saturday, May 31st, 2PM, with a BBQ hosted by the Nenana native Council up on the hill. People are welcome to bring side dishes for pot luck. Families will attend to their loved ones graves.
NNC Agricultural Program: The garden plot has been rototilled by Wes Alexander and four loads of composted manure from Nenana Urban Farms have been added by the workers to fertilize the soil. Starts have been put out: cabbages, squashes, celery and broccoli and Pingo Farms red potatoes have been started. Mary Alexander is the garden manager but they still need to hire a market manager, a position anticipated to average 10 hours a week.
Envisioning Wellness: Bart Garber is scheduled to give us a presentation June 16th. Bart is the new CEO for Toghotthele and will expand on their latest activities.
It was requested that we schedule a day for discussion about the agenda format, per our previous dialogue. June 30th was put forth as a potential date.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: There is a concept that says you move toward and become that which you think about. If we think about everything as interconnected and interrelated, we will begin to accept the greater whole and that there is a power that is in charge. If we see the cycles of life, if we see the inner powers, if we see the interdependence of the universe, then we will participate in a harmonious way.
Tim: There will be a themed devotional tomorrow night at Bonnie’s house for prayer for the seven Iranian Baha’i prisoners who have been incarcerated seven years so far on a twenty year sentence.Friday morning at 4 AM, they will mark the passing of the Ba’ha’u’llah in 1892.
The Nenana book club is reading Get Shorty by Leonard Elmore. Discussion will occur the first Monday of the month, 7 PM, at Karen Harvey’s.
There will be a circus in Nenana June 1st, at the ball park. Rice is 15 dollars for adults and $7.50 for kids.
Harriet: Her son Michael has experienced a re-occurrence of his caner. She had a blood draw this morning. Her Columbines are in bloom.
Bonnie: The Ice Classic annual meeting with elections is tonight, at the Civic Center, 7 PM. all residents of the city of Nenana are invited to participate.
David: Has woes. His truck broke, the timing chain went out. His boar has balked and refused to load in the trailer to go out on pasture. The boar is Too Big for the trailer. His female pigs out in pasture are in heat. Two escaped. One went walkabout and was missing for 24 hours. One took a visitor slam dancing. It has been a hectic pig week. He has fenced in about three acres on the rough side of the pasture to move the cows. They are bored of hay and want fresh green grass. He told a story about the bull tossing him with his horns because he (David) was cutting the strings off the hay bale fast enough.
Kat: CARF will be here for the on-site this week Wednesday-Friday, after which Kat intends to take some annual leave and just work on the garden.
Miles: Garden, garden, garden. He thinks David should make a commercial using Mile’s knives and David’s bull, for “When you need to cut fast……”
Jeannie: Problems with the pick-up truck turned their one night stay to a four night visit.
Gospel Fest will be held the first weekend in July (July 3rd and 4th).


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