Nenana Wellness Coalition
October 20, 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: Bonnie Reed, Kat McElroy, Jeannie Bennett, Virginia Young, Miles Martin, David Poppe, Mary Alexander and Tim Horn.
We enjoyed chicken, rice and black mushroom soup, kimchee, 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 Miles, with a moment of silence to reflect upon those powers greater than ourselves.
PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There were no items added to the agenda.
MINUTES: Minutes were posted at the WIN link at http://www.railbelt.org and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list.
Bonnie noted that the correct spelling of their names is Junge, not the Younges who are leaving for the winter and have sold the RV Park. Young
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: No guests this week.
Envisioning Wellness: Kat went thru her DVD’s and found a documentary she thinks the group would like to view. It is called The House I Live In; it is about the failed “war on drugs” in the United States and how the resultant incarceration of millions of Americans has impacted the lives of addicts, their families’ lives, and the fabric of the communities in which we live. It focus on one particular family but builds on that to look at the larger picture of addiction, criminalization, incarceration, the private-for-profit prison industrial complex and the efficacy of prohibition as view through the eyes of addicts, family and community members, politicians, police officers and prison guards.
Kat would like to have WIN sponsor this documentary for a public viewing by the larger community to create a dialogue in Nenana about criminalization/decriminalization of addiction and to explore other avenues of response to the issue. Discussion ensued to that regard. Questions explored included where and when to schedule a viewing and how may be interested in supporting that effort.
It was suggested that once he has a chance to get settled in, we invite the new mayor to speak with us regarding his vision for Nenana.
Thanksgiving: Rebecca Troxel said she is disinclined to take lead on this project but would be willing to assist, doing phone contacts. Discussion was made regarding who will be bringing what. Kat will bring mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry saice and is willing to cook meat. Miles has apple cider he would like to donate. Kat has spices to make mulled cider. Bonnie will make apple pie and dressing. Jeannie will make flyers. We will need to organize turkeys and hams and identify volunteers to cook these. It was suggested we may want to organize a gratitude circle to give people an opportunity to express for what they are grateful this year. We will continue putting this on the agenda for further discussion.
Nenana Health Fair: It seems we have agreed upon April 2, which is a Saturday. Jeannie asked Sherrie and the Civic Center will be available that date. She talked to Sharon with AK Health Fair, Inc. in Fairbanks and that date is good with her also. Jeannie says she is willing to be site coordinator again this year but she needs more hands on support from others organizationally. Kat volunteered to write begging letters. Jeannie will email her the previous letters used. We need to get a letter to Ice Classic in time for the November meeting. Letters to Doyon and Toghotthele can wait till after the New Year. Kat ascertained from Laura that we have around 600 dollars rollover funds from last year funds. Railbelt can donate food for lunches for volunteers and snacks for those who have blood taken. We would like to continue the tradition of having home grown displays on health issues directly affecting our community. Jeannie needs people to be willing to follow through themselves to bring their ideas to fruition. We would want to start the planning meetings far enough ahead of time that the process is not all rushed at the last minute.
Is there someone willing to take on the task of obtaining donations for prizes; this means asking Fred Meyers, Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart, Play it Again Sports for donations and then following through with whatever is required at each place: letters, applications, picking up the items etc., tracking the prizes. This proves to be quite a task over time. The Civic Center has tables and chairs enough so organizing these will not be a problem but we will need a crew to set up and take down.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: “As Elders, it is our place to show respect to our young people in order to gain respect.” —–Grace Azak, NISGA’A
The attitude of our leaders will be the attitude of the people. The attitude of the parents will be the attitude of the children. If respect is shown from above, respect will be developed below. If the Elders show respect, the younger people will be respectful. As above, so below. This happens because of interconnectedness. The heart of the Elders is connected to the heart of the youth.
Miles: His worm farm is thriving and he is having great success with his layer tier indoor garden; he is currently growing strawberries, sweet peppers, herbs of various sorts, lettuce, Swiss chard, chives and kale. Tim asked and Miles agreed that he would be willing to do an Envisioning Wellness presentation about his success with his indoor winter gardening.
David: Was overwhelmed by the two feet of snow we got. A moose took out about 500 feet of his electric fencing out on pasture and icing conditions put about a mile and a half of electric fencing out of commission. His cows went wandering. He ended up having to borrow a four-wheeler to get them all rounded up again. The pigs were making mazes in the snow. It was comical but difficult at the same time. He lost one whole litter of eleven newborn piggies; he thinks it is because he tried to move the mother when she was in early labor. Another sow just birthed eleven pigs. We have 29 juvenile pigs that will be ready to go to market around New Year’s. He thinks it will be interesting to see what the pasture will look like next summer as the result of all the pig activity.
Kat: She will be driving to Anchorage tomorrow to attend the Alaska Commission for Behavioral Health Certification meeting. She will stop in Palmer on her way to see Leon. She returns Friday night. Rose is all finished with jury duty and Keri is back from her holiday in Colorado. We had a nice party for Jason Saturday, lots of good food and lots of laughter, and a chance to thank him for is 14 years of service as our mayor.
Mary: Picked the last of the carrots out of her garden. They are very sweet. Wes got the floats off the plane and put the wheels on for winter. He got a moose. They will be taking a trip to Minnesota for a week to visit grandkids.
Virginia: Likes this convenient fall weather. She has continued cutting brush from around her house and discovered that she has a back yard, with a lawn. She got a cord of wood delivered and was moving it from the front of her house to the wood shed. A group of visiting Ukrainians here to have services at Assembly of God church stopped and helped her move all the wood and got the whole job finished in about 45 minutes.
Bonnie: 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.
Tim: The meet-and-greet pot luck pot latch for Nenana Student Living Center students has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 24 6 PM, at the tribal hall. They are looking for volunteers to help cook and provide food.
Conrad McMannes was given a rifle at the potlatch for Charlie Lambert Saturday night for shooting his first moose; he was tossed high into the air by the others.
Nenana Book Club is reading The Raven’s Gift and will be meeting Monday, November 2, 7 PM, to discuss the book which takes place in remote western Alaska.
Don’t forget to fall back on Hallowe’en night one hour for daylight saving’s time.
Dr. Victor DeNoble will present twice at NCPS on the November 3rd, once at 1 PM to the elementary students and again at 2PM for the Jr, High and HS students. This event is open to the entire community and everyone is encouraged to come listen to what he has to say about the tobacco industry.
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.
ADJOURNMENT: 1:55 PM