WIN Minutes 9-15-15

Nenana Wellness Coalition
September 15, 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 10 participants today: Mary Alexander, Bonnie Reed, Kat McElroy, Therese and Tom Titus, Amie & James Verhagan, Virginia Young, Jeannie Bennett and Maryellen Robinson. We enjoyed moose stew, kimchee, bread & butter, pecans with raisins, and sliced cheese with Ritz crackers for lunch.

WELCOME followed by the READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson, Jeannie Bennett

SPIRITUAL MOMENT: Was lead by Amie Verhagan

PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: No additions to the agenda as presented.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Posted on the WIN link at and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list with no corrections or addendums.

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: Tom Titus was welcomed; he and Therese have returned after a four year absence from Nenana.

Envisioning Wellness: Virginia Young has yet to contact those people who have declared city assembly candidacy. Her intention is to provide them with an opportunity to speak at WIN before the election. Bonnie noted that she has seen no sample ballots. Kat texted Suzanne at the City office who said they had been posted around town last week, but she will re-post tomorrow.
Maryellen has forwarded information to Tim about the contact person from the National Parks Service at Denali Park who does presentations on health & wellness.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: “Knowledge is a beautiful thing, but the use of knowledge in a good way is what makes for wisdom. Learning how to use knowledge in a sacred manner, that’s wisdom to me. And to me, that’s what a true Elder is.” –Sun Bear, CHIPPEWA
Oh Great Spirit, guide my thinking today. Let me walk in a sacred way on the Red Road. Let me be a learner of lessons and give me Your greatest gift – wisdom!
Tom: Said they have moved back to Nenana and that he is looking at it with different eyes after living two years in Arizona where he was taking training to be a Harley Davidson mechanic. He said he worked this summer in the Harley shop in Fairbanks, then for a while for Toghotthele but is now back up on the slope as he still wants to finish his union hours. He and Therese are refurbishing their cabin. He reminisced about listening to Mary sing and Wes play at the Mondo right after his mother passed away, how each of our experiences touch one another.
Therese: Continues selling household and personal items as they proceed with cleaning out the cabin. She mentioned they have a one ton Aleyeska truck they intend to sell, and their commercial fishing permit. She said she and Tom were experiencing a certain amount of grief as they let go of old or unfinished projects.
Maryellen: In the middle of preparing for Dancing in the Streets. She read us a list of delicious desserts too numerous to recount that she is preparing and freezing ahead for the event. She has asked Don Charlie about someone making moose soup. Mike will be doing a couple varieties of chicken wings, chimicangas, mozzarella sticks, and assorted finger foods. Maryellen asked Kat is she would make fry bread. PINK will do a presentation and Don has asked Al Stevens to come to talk to us about recovery after which there will be Open Mic. Tim McMannes is bringing the Nenana Native Dance troupe. The I Act Free tobacco prevention people will have a table and Don will bring information about Old Minto Family Recovery Camp.
Mary: She, Wes, Grandma Nina and her grandson went on the Alaska Railroad tour to Denali and back with the Seniors. They saw moose and swans and the autumn colors were fabulous. She is looking forward to all they fun we always have at Dancing in the Streets.
Amie: Spent three weeks in Utah, enjoying 80 and 90 degree weather. Kids got to spend lots of time with Grandma and to swim and play in the water. Then they had a Verhagan family reunion with all none of the kids, 45 people total, 28 grandkids. Toured sites around Nenana where the clan had lived at various times, had a talent show, and played games.
This Friday, 9-18-15, at 6 PM, they will be having their third annual end-of-summer Bar-B-Que at Sam’s place on First Street. Everyone is invited; bring dessert or a side-dish.
Tomorrow starts the next Health Challenge. There are multiple levels of challenge. Contact Amie or Kristi for details or to sign up and get points for developing/maintaining healthy habits.
Bonnie: Monday September 28, 6-9 PM, Jack Coghill will be having his 90th birthday party in the Binkley Room at Pikes Landing Lodge. Everyone is invited.
Virginia: Friday Roland brought down the 3 thousand peony roots they had ordered and by Sunday they had planted two thousand of them before it started to rain. When these are in the ground, she will have about ten thousand peonies, planted in plots of 500 each. As always, there is about a four year period of growth before they really begin production of blossoms.
Kat: Urges everyo9e to call the Alaska railroad and mention it any time you speak with any of our state legislators that we want daily train service restored. It is our train and she believes that people would utilize this service if it were available. It is the safest way to travel and very convenient. Let’s quit talking about decreasing our use of fossil fuels and start actually doing it!
On another note, oh boy do they ever have potatoes!!! She has been selling them for a dollar a pound.


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