WIN Minutes 11-24-15

Nenana Wellness Coalition
November 24, 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 six participants today: Kat McElroy, Bonnie Reed, Natalie Chong, Jeannie Bennett and Tim Horn. We enjoyed baked chicken with pork sausage and potatoes, mixed green salad, raisins with walnuts, and Ritz crackers with sliced cheese for lunch.

WELCOME and READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson, Jeannie Bennett, followed by a SPIRITUAL MOMENT; Jeannie lead a short prayer.

PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There were two modifications to the agenda.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: No changes noted in minutes generated last week, posted on the WIN link at and emailed to everyone on the WIN list.

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: No new guests this week.


Nenana City Assembly: Kat said that the city assembly has scheduled a series of work sessions to prioritize issues and to identify solutions to our current problems. They are meeting every Wednesday at the city office, 5:30 PM. John Kempen proposed a resolution that was posted along with notification of our work sessions. Some people have mistakenly believed that the resolution has been passed. For a resolution to pass it would have to be read into the record one month, a second reading a month later, and after a third reading a month after that, could be voted upon. Each reading would have an opportunity for citizen comment as well as for assembly discussion. Kat invites interested people to please obtain a copy of the proposed resolution and to come to the regularly scheduled monthly city assembly meetings to provide input. The public are also invited to attend the work sessions, although that is not the time for public comment. Miles has written a letter of support to the previous administration and against the proposed “no faith” ordinance. He would like for WIN to do so as well, or lacking that, for individual members of WIN to write letters. Consensus opinion seems to be that it would go against WIN history to make a public record of a political position. We would encourage people to take private citizen action, however, to express their thoughts or feelings in writing or in public process at the meetings. The mayoral special election is set for January 19th, 2017. To her knowledge, no one has yet made a formal bid to run.
Nenana Health Fair: The full five hundred dollar site fee has been paid to Alaska health Fair, Inc. Our request for funding has been forwarded to the Ice Classic. Tim and Jeannie are the only two so far on the planning committee.
Envisioning Wellness: Tim has created flyers for the I ACT Free and Smokefree Alaska coalition who will be presenting next week at WIN. Kat will print them at Railbelt and Miles will post them around town.
Also, Miles will be presenting the following Tuesday, 12-15-15, on Winter Gardening.
Thanksgiving Dinner: We need someone to volunteer to start the fire early Friday at the tribal hall. Set-up time will be 4:30 PM and we need volunteers for that, as well as fro clean-up afterwards. Dinner is scheduled for 5:30 PM. Tim suggested that we plan on having a jam session/sing-along, as it seemed to go over well last year. Kat will post this on the Nenana Community Facebook page. Everyone is invited. Bring a side-dish or dessert to share.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: We may not have it all together, but together we have it all. Anonymous
Tim: The Book Fair and Holiday Crafts Bazaar will be held at Nenana City School from November 30-December 11th at NCPS.
The Ham Radio Club continues meeting 6-7:30 PM on Fridays at the Nenana City Library.
Evelyn Verhagen had her baby, another boy!
David: Fairly quiet EMS-wise. The animals are all staying alive. He has been experimenting with letting them eat snow, keeping a close eye on them to see how they adjust to that. He’s got pigs pretty close to ready for market and a couple beef.
Jeannie: Katherine marks passed away Saturday.


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