Nenana Wellness Coalition
December 8, 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 6 participants today: Bonnie Reed, Kat McElroy, David Poppe, Gayle Rayme, Tasha Whitney and Virginia Young.
We enjoyed black mushroom with wild rice soup and cheesy croutons, Ritz crackers and sliced cheese and pecans & raisins for lunch.
WELCOME and READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson: Bonnie Reed.
SPIRITUAL MOMENT: was lead by Gayle Rayme, with a short moment of silence.
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.
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: Tasha introduced herself. She is a longtime resident, raised in Nenana.
Nenana Health Fair: The site fee has been paid to Alaska Health Fair, Inc. so we will have phlebotomists here to do blood work. Jeannie has done some preliminary planning; she has arranged for the use of the Civic Center for April 2, a Saturday; the Health Fair this year will focus on adult health issues. Anyone with an idea for a booth should contact Jeannie. Regular planning sessions will be scheduled starting after the holidays.
Envisioning Wellness: Miles will be presenting December 15th on Winter Gardening. He will be talking about indoor composting with worms, winter greens, raising hot house plants inside using inexpensive lighting. Kat has printed flyers at RMHA for Miles to pick up and post around town.
Tasha would like to do some research and have a presentation on local food security. She believes it is important for every household to maintain a year’s worth of food used rotationally to keep in case of emergency. Her understanding, 400 pounds of dry goods per person per year is a standard reserve. She said that she has been starting this for her own family, buying dry goods at Alaska Feed, storing them in five gallon plastic food grade buckets. She would like to see community involvement in creating a central storage space (or spaces) as well, and to discuss purchasing food stuffs in bulk as a community group. This engendered discussion about current efforts to create/maintain local food systems: gardening, hunting and gathering, and raising stock. The conversation expanded into the wider issue of energy self-sufficiency. Tasha has an especial interest in steam generated power.
This is an issue that WIN comes back to again and again over the years and Tasha was encouraged to continue her research and to provide an EW presentation.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: We as men should not fear our mates; we should listen to their counsel. –Oren R. Lyons, Spokesman, Traditional Circle of Elders
Virginia: They had book club last night and a good discussion, as always. The next book they will read is called The Strangler Vine,
David: It’s going to stay cold through Monday, per NOAA forecast. He has two steers to go to slaughter next week. Also pigs scheduled for slaughter in February. The animals are hanging in there, despite the cold.
His episode will be showing December 12th on Dr. Dee’s Alaska Veterinarian program on the Animal Planet, 4 PM and 7 PM.
Kat: The cow Bessie got outside the fence last night and took Kat slam-dancing before she was able to entice the critter back onto the proper side of the fence.
Kat will not be here next week, she has a Trauma-Informed Care training Tuesday and Wednesday in Fairbanks. Lunch will be catch as catch can. Bonnie says she would be willing to make chicken pot pie. Thank you Bonnie!
Kat and Darcia and members of the library board are organizing a candidates forum sometime during the first week of January for the special Mayoral election scheduled for January 19, 2017. The Civic Center is already booked that week, so they are looking at perhaps using the tribal hall. Kat asked Adam White if he would be willing to moderate to help keep the process on track and he has agreed to act in this function. Darcia will be the contact person for questions to be presented to the candidates so if people have a specific question they would like to see put forward, they should contact her at the city library at 832-5812.
The city assembly will have its regular meeting Thursday, December 10, 6:30 PM, at the Senior Center. John Kempen’s resolution to freeze city finances will be introduced. Kat urges everyone to read the resolution and to come to the meeting if they want to make citizen comment on that. If anyone needs a copy of the resolution, she can email one, just ask. There is a work session scheduled for 5:30 PM Wednesday. Public is invited but that is not a time for comment or questions.
Kat encourages everyone to make themselves part of the process, as changes need to be effected in our community so we can effectively govern ourselves. Read the city charter. Educate yourself about governance: the various forms, requirements, advantages. Her comments engendered a lengthy discussion about the current situation of our city, some of the dynamics that got us here, and different ideas regarding how to “fix” the problem.
Tasha: Curious to know how the Nenana Native Council fits into the political scheme of things. Understands Doyon has vested interest in getting that bridge across the Nenana River finished. Is concerned that with the city government in crisis that a political vacuum is possibly created.
Bonnie: Bingo For Books tonight at the school, starting at 5PM.
The Book Fair at NCPS will run through the 11th.
The Christmas Dinner and Christmas crafts Bazaar at NCPS will be tomorrow, December 9th, 5 PM in the cafeteria. The Holiday Concert will begin at 6:30 in the gym.
Saturday, December 12th, they will have the re-scheduled Coffee House in The Pit at NCPS. This is a fund-raiser for school youth activities; refreshments will be available for sale. Come watch our local talent and support our students.
Tribal elections will be held December 12th, 11 AM-7 PM, at the tribal hall.
The Christmas Gift Exchange for Nenana Native Council will be held December 15, starting at 6:30, at the tribal hall. If you want your name on the list, you need to call the NNC by December 11th. Call 832-5410.
December 17th the LDS community will conduct their annual Nativity pageant. 7 PM, at the Community Center. Everyone is invited. Bring finger food.
December 17th is also the day that Annalee will be putting together and delivering food boxes and Angel Tree. She needs volunteers to help put boxes together that afternoon as well drivers who know where people live to deliver them.
Senior Christmas lunch and party will be December 18th, Noon, at Senior Center.