Nenana Wellness Coalition
September 8, 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 McElroy, Mary Alexander, Gayle Rayme, Bonnie Reed, Virginia Young, Maryellen Robinson and David Poppe. We enjoyed pork enchiladas, mixed garden salad, raisins with walnuts, and Ritz crackers with sliced cheese for lunch.
WELCOME and READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson, Tim Horn.
SPIRITUAL MOMENT: Maryellen lead us in a moment of silence.
PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There were two modifications to the agenda.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Minutes generated, posted at the WIN link at http://www.railbelt.org and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list with no reported issues.
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: No new guests today.
Envisioning Wellness: Virginia has contacted the city office and obtained the names of the people running in city assembly and school board elections next month. She will contact them to see who may be willing to speak to us about their candidacy. Election is October 6th.
Dancing in the Streets: Dancing in the Streets will kick off Friday, September 25th, with a parade at 5 PM. Maryellen is working on the parade; she has invited the NSLC students, the Senior Center, the Tae Kwan Doh group and Nenana Native Council to participate with floats. Wes Alexander is going to participate with his jeep. Big Mike will be doing the cooking for the meal after the parade and has picked Finger Foods for the theme. Maryellen says there will be chicken wings and other assorted good things to eat with your hands. PINK will be doing a presentation; Lena is giving a talk. It involves bubbles! Tim McMannes will bring the Nenana Dance Troupe to perform. The Close Up band will be there and we will have a DJ for dancing.
On another note, Maryellen has invited tobacco industry whistleblower Dr. Victor DeNoble to come to Nenana in November. He will be doing his presentation at the school but it will be open to the entire community. He is a very articulate speaker with an insider’s view of the very conscious manipulation of information by the tobacco industry that thwarted USA public health efforts to have tobacco recognized as the dangerous substance it is.
Nenana Saturday Market: Virginia and Mary provided a short report on the end of the Saturday Market for the season. All in all, they believe it was a success, with vendors participating, increasing sales each week as word of the market percolated out into the community, and satisfied consumers as evidenced by they came back in successive weeks. There are already plans afoot for next year. Mary and Virginia are tweaking the planting schedule to reflect sales and vendors are discussing items to bring to market. It was noted that ready-made food items sold well: jams, jellies, pastries, pickles, pesto, etc. by and large sold out. This is value-added for the vendors. Mary suggested someone ought to harvest chaga for purchase. Virginia mentioned that it would be good to have locally made native crafts. It was noted that items priced between five and ten dollars seemed to sell well.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: “Keep your life simple because the more you get, the more complicated it becomes.” —Joe Coyhis, STOCKBRIDGE-MUNSEE
Bonnie: The Senior train ride to Denali is all booked up and wait-listed. They will all be happy to have Vicki back from her Staycation. They really had fun last night at Meda Lord, playing Sticks. Game night every Monday, 6:30 PM.
Virginia: Took her Tee Pee down for the season. She will be planting more peonies this week; the roots are on their way.
Mary: They had a good weekend at camp with the grandkids. Ate spruce hen. Put up some high bush cranberry syrup.
Maryellen: It is all about Dancing in the Streets. She has asked Don Charlie to be a speaker and will get a sound system set up so people can hear.
The I ACT Free Interior tobacco prevention coalition will be meeting at TCC, on the 4th floor conference room, at Noon, October 2nd.
Lastly, there will be a training by Kim and co.at Nenana City Public School for people who are willing to become group leaders for the adult anchors in their new prevention program. The training will be held October 22-25.
David: A new baby bull born to Miss Clara last week, Billy Bob. There were a couple of episodes of the cows voting with their feet and walking right over their electric fence this week. They were out on the highway at one point, though they wandered back home. Brenda’s cow dog Rowdy got them rounded up quickly that time. There are nice photographs of the cows and all the pigs on the Nenana Urban Farm Facebook page. He got a couple hundred pounds of barley from Daryl Krause raised locally; it’s still wet so he will need to feed it out quickly.
Kat: Has been thinking a lot about how we treat drug addiction and alcohol abuse as criminal issues instead of medical issues. Wonders what we can do to shift that.
Tim: Kid’s Crafts tomorrow, the 2nd Tuesday of each month, at the library, 3PM.
The Nenana Book Club is reading The Empire of the Sun, and will meet to discuss it next Monday night, 7 PM, September 14.
The next Health Challenge starts tomorrow.