WIN Minutes 9-22-15

Nenana Wellness Coalition
September 22, 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 8 participants today: Mary Alexander, Bonnie Reed, Kat McElroy, Tim Horn, Virginia Young, Jeannie Bennett, Harriett Borst and David Poppe. We enjoyed roasted pork with potatoes, cabbage, and winter vegetables, 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 Bonnie Reed.

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: No new guests today

Envisioning Wellness: Tim talked to the contact person from the National Park Service in Denali Park who do Wellness Promotion. They would not be able to travel as far away as Nenana to speak at WIN. They would however be interested in participating in our Health Fair this Spring. She will contact the new public health nurse assigned to our area.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: “I think the spiritual values come first and everything else follows.” –Leonard George, Chief Councilor & elected leader of Tsleil-Waututh Nation
Virginia: Attended a Jr. Youth Empowerment training in Anchorage. Spent Thursday afternoon in Mountain View identifying youth to be animators. Roland meanwhile completed planting the last thousand peonies.
Kat: Will not be here next Tuesday. She will be traveling Sunday to Anchorage with Rose Allen to attend the Alaska Behavioral Health Association (ABHA) meeting. She will be flying back Tuesday evening to attend a training in Cultural Considerations for Clinical Supervision on Wednesday, via video conference from the Nenana City Library with students from all over the state through UAF Distance Learning.
Enjoying the last of autumn. Getting ready for Dancing In The Streets Friday.
Mary: Hannah said she is ready to begin yoga again; initially sessions will be Wednesdays only, 10 AM, at the Meda Lord Center.
Bonnie: Attended the end-of-summer bar-b-que at Sam Verhagan’s Friday evening. Great fun, lots of food, a sprinkling of rain.
Jack Coghill’s 90th birthday will be celebrated at Pike’s Water Front Lodge, in The Binkely Room, 6-9 PM; everyone invited to come wish Jack Happy Birthday.
Harriett: Will be visiting Outside this October, to New York State, then to Des Moines, Iowa, then lastly to Austin Texas to visit her children and siblings.
Tim: Dancing in the Streets. Parade starts at five this Friday.
Soccer home game tonight at Anderson School, starting 4:30 PM. Soccer Saturday at Noon, also in Anderson.
Saturday night there will be a Coffee House performance and refreshments at Nenana City Public School, 7 PM, in the Pits. The kids are raising money for student activities.
30th September, at Bonnie’s, Carl Horn will be leading a themed devotion.
The Nenana Book Club is reading The Hours, to be discussed Monday, October 5th.
The Blood Bank in Fairbanks is soliciting for blood donations.
Jeannie: She and Bon were down in the Wasilla area helping a friend get set up for an auction. She saw Bob and Elaine Mitchell while she was down there. They are settled in to their new routine. Elaine is able to spend her days with Bob on unit in the VA/Pioneer Home and has her keyboards set-up there so she can play for Bob and the other residents.
David: Spent the morning making ice cream and butter. He is getting ready to cut hay again out at the air strip. The little pigs are growing like weeds. He got his eyes checked and glasses upgraded to bi-focals.

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