Nenana Wellness Coalition
September 1, 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 nine participants today: Kat McElroy, Jeannie Bennett, Bonnie Reed, Harriett Borst, Mary Alexander, Miles Martin, Rosemary Allen, David Poppe and Virginia Young. We enjoyed scalloped potatoes with ham, Cole slaw, walnuts and raisins and Ritz crackers with sliced cheese for lunch.
WELCOME and READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson, Jeannie Bennett.
SPIRITUAL MOMENT: Harriett Borst spoke briefly of her love for this time of year, the colors and smells of the changing season.
PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: No additions to the agenda.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES: No minutes submitted last week.
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: No new guests this week.
Envisioning Wellness: Tim did contact Paul Verhagen to determine an alternative date for his presentation on Emergency Preparedness.
Virginia would like if our current City Assembly and School Board candidates would be willing to come to WIN and provide us with brief over-views of why they are seeking office and what they would like to accomplish if elected. After discussion, she indicated she would go to the city office to obtain names and contact information for candidates who completed their election paperwork by close of the day August 31.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: Go Placidly Amidst The Haste… Desiderata
Rose: Dancing in the Streets will be held September 25th, starting with the parade at 5 PM< followed by the community dinner and dancing with a live DJ.
Phlight Club at Nenana City Public School is planning a training for October and will be inviting people willing to act as adult anchors for our youth to attend.
Rose is running for school board, having submitted her candidate application yesterday. She served previously for seven or eight years when her children were in school here; she has a grandson recently enrolled.
David: Finally getting some warm weather after several rainy cold weeks. He took two pigs to town yesterday for slaughter. He entertained us with tales of tractor travails, woes and goes. They are getting a couple more ducks and perhaps up to 20 more chickens for egg production.
Kat: Has begun harvesting and will have red, gold and blue potatoes for sale.
Shirley Holmberg asked her to make an announcement: TCC is looking for beneficiaries between the ages of 10-25 to design a logo for our Circles of Care Program! The purpose of the contest is to have a logo created by our youth to represent the CHOP Circles of Care program youth wellness effort. The Circles of Care is an infrastructure and planning grant in twenty one villages, and is family-driven and youth guided. The deadline to submit your logo is September 20th, 2015. For more information or contact our Circle of Care Program at 907-452-8251 ext.3031. To download the Official Rules go to https://www.tananachiefs.org/coc-logo-contest/
Prizes include i-Pod Touch, i-Pod Nano, i-Pod Shuffle and i-Tunes gift cards.
Miles: Finds this to be the busiest of all seasons, getting ready for winter and finishing up all the summer projects.
He reports that the Saturday Market went really well this year, thanks to good energy of the people involved, good signage, and consistent vendors with good product. He looks forward to doing it again next year.
He thinks we should have a series of workshops to teach people how to make value-added products: jams, jellies, pickles, any preserved products, and to have recipes and equipment to teach people how to put food by. This would increase sales of garden products and encourage people to make product to sell.
Harriet: Her son is still in wait/see mode after receiving cancer treatments and will be re-evaluated in October.
Virginia: Agrees that the Market went really well this year. Hopes it continues to grow and prosper. She sold entirely out of produce last week.
September 4 her peonies will be shipped; they should arrive four or five days later, just in time to be tucked into the ground.
Eric Gephart popped in for a few minutes to introduce his brother Howard and Howard’s wife Christy. They are here visiting; Howard will be doing a training for the Park Service to teach them how to monitor emissions from the Healy Unit Two coal power plant.
Mary: Would like to have a workshop on Chaga. She noticed the Folk School in Fairbanks had one. She would be interested in learning how to harvest and utilize this medicinal plant and she thinks others would be interested as well.
She agrees the market went great and she is glad to see that it generated income within the community. The school is purchasing from the garden, the vendors made money, ten percent of those sales went back to the native council.
Bonnie: There are still two seats available for the Senior’s train tour to Denali on September 12th; tickets are $25.00 and money needs to be given to Vicki at the Senior center by 9-9-15
Jeannie: The next Freecycle will be September 4th, 5:30 PM, at the RV Park, with Mexican food for pot luck.
ADJOURNMENT: 2:00 PM.