WIN Minutes 10-13-15

Nenana Wellness Coalition


October 13, 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 9 participants today: Bonnie Reed, Kat McElroy, Tara, Jeannie Bennett, Harriet Borst, Virginia Young, Nina Bolton-Hale, Maryellen Robinson and Tim Horn.

We enjoyed moose stew, fresh yoghurt, pickled red cabbage, Ritz crackers and sliced cheese and pecans & raisins for lunch.

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

SPIRITUAL MOMENT: was lead by Tara, with an exploration of gratitude for the earth that provides all of our food followed by a moment of silence to reflect upon that.

PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There was one item added to the agenda. MINUTES: Minutes were posted at the WIN link at and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list.

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: One guest this week; Nina introduced herself to the group. She has lived in our community for awhile and is married to Wes Hale.


Envisioning Wellness: Maryellen will coordinate with Tim about Octavia Harris from the American Lung Association to schedule her to give a presentation some Tuesday. Tim would like another video and discussion about addiction and recovery. Kat said she will got thru her DVD’s to identify one that would be appropriate to our time frame.

Thanksgiving: Historically this event has been lead by members of the Nenana Community Church. Rebecca Troxel has her hands pretty full right now however Jeannie is willing to assist. A venue will need to be chosen and decisions made who will be bringing what. Various churches previously have organized who will donate hams or turkeys and identify volunteers to cook these. Do we want to organize a game night? Or have music? We will continue putting this on the agenda for further discussion.

Nenana Health Fair: It is time to start planning for this event. If we are going to ask Ice Classic for a funding donation, we need to get a letter generated before their November meeting. Jeannie is disinclined to take lead again this year as she was site-coordinator the past two years. We will have the Health Fair at the Civic Center this year. Kat will ask Laura about funds and if there might be a donation from RMHA

WELLNESS THOUGHT: “So unbelievable things like that happen. But you have to believe it first. Not wait until you see it first, then touch it, then believe it… You have to say it from the heart.”

                                                                                                                –Wallace Black Elk, LAKOTA


Harriet: Is glad to report that her oldest son’s cancer appears to be in remission again, although he awaits further blood tests. She will be going to visit him for in New York for ten days at the end of the month, then to Iowa a week, and finally to Austin, texas. She will return mid-November. She also has four great-grandchildren graduating high school this spring.

Bonnie: The Younges are leaving for the winter; they have sold the RV Park. There is still Senior Game night Monday evenings at Meda Lord’s, 6:30 PM, and yoga Wednesday 10 AM.

There will be a potlatch with singing and dancing Friday night for Charlie Lambert at the tribal hall; funeral Saturday at 2 PM and potlatch dinner Saturday evening.

Wednesday, October 21st, fall concert at Nenana School, 6:30PM.

The school will have their Halloween festivities Friday, October 30th, in the gym, 6 PM. The LDS are hosting a Harvest Party with trick-or-treating for the younger kids that evening, 4-6PM. Traditional Halloween Saturday, October 31st.

Maryellen: Busy, busy, busy with I ACT Free meetings the next couple of weeks up in Fairbanks. PINK is having a poster contest and will be attending a prevention training down in Anchorage , November 5-8th, to learn lobbying, advocacy and prevention activities. Dr. Victor DeNoble to come to present to Interior schools November 2nd and 3rd. He will be doing his presentation twice in Fairbanks, at Hutch Career Center and at Lathrup High School, on November 2, then twice at NCPS on the 3rd (once at 1 PM to the elementary students and again at 2PM for the Jr, High and HS students, open to the entire community) and finally that evening in Healy for all the Tri Valley schools.

Nina: is completing her Doula certification, to support women in pregnancy and during labor. She will be offering her services for the cost of transportation to attend women at this time.

Kat: David is out making hay, which got delayed by the two feet of snow and the wet. He believes he has enough hay put up for the winter but is hoping to get extra in case. Kat and David dismantled their little pig barn; Tara helped them reassemble it closer to the house. It still needs the roof adjusted and tarped.

Tara: Would like us to support legislation being proposed by Representative Johnny Ellis which would extend Good Samaritan waiver of liability in Alaska for people using Narcon, also known as Naloxone, which is used to counteract opioid overdose. It is used to save the lives of people who have overdosed on heroin or narcotic pain killers. She suggested we could e-mail our representative Dave Talarico to ask him to support this once it becomes a bill. This engendered discussion about addiction issues. Nina mentioned that she had read a book exploring addiction, called Chasing the Scream, the first and last days of the drug war, which she would recommend to people wanting to understand more about addiction.

On a lighter note, Tara asked if anyone has been watching the Northern Lights lately. They have been spectacular.

Virginia: She is enjoying this nice weather. She finished the fencing around her deck, cut back some brush, spread some lawn dirt. She is playing catch-up on lots of little chores that the early snowfall had prevented her from accomplishing.

Tim: Just wanted to say that Dancing in the Streets was fabulous, everybody had a ball, even tho the weather prevented the parade, and prevented our speaker and our DJ from attending.

Volleyball tonight 6PM, in the gym. Volleyball games this weekend, not a tournament. Call the school for times.

Kid’s Crafts tomorrow, 3 PM, at the Nenana Library and an Open House at the library this Friday evening 5:30.

Carl Horn is going to have another amateur ham radio operator class for those interested in learning how to operate a ham radio.

The Baha’i community will be celebrating the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh on November 12th; the Fairbanks Baha’i will celebrate the combined birthdays of the Bahá’u’lláh and the Bab November 13 and 14th.

Jeannie: Her schedule has really changed since her husband is working at home. Noisy, she said, smiling.


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