WIN Minutes 1-26-16

Nenana Wellness Coalition
January 26, 2016

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 11 participants today: Bonnie Reed, Kat McElroy, David Poppe, Ed Herrgard, Mary Alexander, Gayle Rayme, Virginia Young, Amie, James & Kenneth Verhagan and Tim Horn.
We enjoyed chili with shredded cheddar cheese, pickled purple cabbage, Ritz crackers with sliced cheese and mixed raisins and pecans for lunch.
WELCOME and READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson: Bonnie
SPIRITUAL MOMENT: was led by Ed, with a short pray.
PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There were no item added to the agenda.
MINUTES: Minutes were posted at the WIN link at and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list, with one noted correction.
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: No new guests today.
Nenana Health Fair: The 10th annual Health Fair will be held April 2, at the Civic Center. Blood draws will be provided from 8 AM-Noon and exhibits will be available from 9 AM-1PM. Jeannie and Tim met Monday. The begging letters are in the process of going out and solicitations made for donations for door prizes. We will be using the Railbelt button-making machine. We need graphics for buttons for vendors and visitors to memorialize this 10th annual health fair.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: “All life is a circle.” ——-Rolling Thunder, Cherokee
The atom is a circle, orbits are circles, the earth, moon, and sun are circles. The seasons are circles. The cycle of life is a circle: baby, youth, adult, elder. The sun gives life to the earth who feeds life to the trees whose seeds fall to the earth to grow new trees. We need to practice seeing the cycles that the Great Spirit gave us because this will help us more in our understanding of how things operate. We need to respect these cycles and live in harmony with them. Great Spirit, let me grow in knowledge of the circle.
Mary: All good at the Meda Lord Center. They had game night last night, every Monday at 6:30 PM. Jim brought about 8 kiddos from the Living Center and everyone had a good time. Yoga at Meda Lord on Wednesdays, 10 AM and Nancy Jones brings her guitar and the have soup and hymns every Wednesday evening, 5:30 PM, open to all.
David: He was sick last week Wednesday and Thursday, some kinda stomach bug. Felt better Friday and drove to Delta to pick up a couple tons of barley which he spent Saturday grinding for feed. He’s got 26 new baby pigs all thriving; two of the litters are time-sharing mamas. He has got 29 ready to go to butcher. The teenage pigs are gaining weight and doing really well, bedding down into hay nests to stay warm. They dig all the way down to the dirt.

Kat: Was gone Wednesday-Saturday to attend the Alaska Commission for Behavioral Health Certification board meeting. Got to spend some time with Leon at Job Corps while grand-daughter Aurora had a cosplay event in Palmer on Saturday. Didn’t get home until late that night.
WIN participants will have dinner at the NSLC Wednesday, 5:30 PM.
There is a city assembly meeting Thursday night, 6:30 PM.

Phil Hokenson from the VA Rural Health will be at the city office tomorrow, Wednesday, January 27th, 9AM-3:30 PM, to assist eligible veterans and family members in obtaining VA benefits. His office number is 361-5242 and cell is 89105836 or he may be contacted via email: for further information.

Ed: Has been visiting Nenana, getting to know key community members. Would like to do something with youth, to help them get involved in community events. Willing to help anyway he can. Will be interested in volunteering at the Health Fairt. His phone number (home) 451-8427, (cell) 687-0932.

Tim: Taco Sale today, fundraiser for the students. Coffee House Saturday, January 30th, 7PM, at NCPS.
Next basketball home game against Tri-Valley February 9th. Nenana Invitational Tournament will be February 4th-6th at the school.
The Nenana Book Club is reading Paradise, by Toni Morrison.

Amie Verhagan will be doing her presentation next week for WIN: Miracle Gro for the Brain; the Science Behind Exercise.

Bonnie: Audrey Roth passed away. Matt O’Brien Sr. passed away. His funeral and potlatch will be in February.
Amie: The new Health Challenge begins today with both a six week and an eight week challenge running concurrently. They will have a web site:

Virginia: Was a little late to WIN because she was out looking at progress on the ice bridge. Toghotthele is a subcontractor for Brice; they are doing dirt work and gravel for the road and the pads. Tog is looking for a 24 foot landing craft for shuttling crews and equipment.

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