Nenana Wellness Coalition
February 9, 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, Gayle Rayme, Ed Herrgard, Jeannie Bennett, Tim Horn, Virginia Young, Amie, James & Kenneth Verhagan and Maryellen Robinson.
We enjoyed beef barley soup and pineapple cabbage cole slaw, sliced cheese with Ritz crackers, pecans and raisins for lunch.
WELCOME and READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson: Jeannie Bennett.
SPIRITUAL MOMENT: was lead by Tim Horn, with a short song and meditation on unity.
PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There was one item 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, with two noted spelling corrections.
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: No new guests today.
Dinner at the Living Center: A half dozen WIN members had dinner two weeks agi at the Nenana Student Living Center towards our goal of creating and strengthening connections with the students there. We discussed doing this on an ongoing basis. The next identified evening would be Wednesday, February 17th. Dinner is served around 5:30 PM. It was agreed someone should let the cook know in advance.
Nenana Health Fair: We were informed by Doyon that they have no available funds, having granted their allotted amounts already this year. We will apply for next year. Tim delivered begging letters to merchants in Fairbanks. There is an online link at Alaska Health Fairs, Inc for volunteers to register. You will need to fill this out to be able to volunteer at our health fair. Application here: https://www.tfaforms.com/405192 It is very easy to complete. Jeannie will be attending the Ice Classic meeting this month to present our request for funding assistance.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: No event, no relationship, no joy, no sadness, no situation ever stays the same. Every setback is only temporary. Even setbacks change. Why? Because the Great Spirit designed the world to be constantly changing. We are not the center of the universe; we are but a small part. The whole is constantly changing, and we as humans are constantly participating in the change. We have two choices, to resist change or participate in the change. Every change can be resisted, and every change can be made in cooperation. What will I choose today, resistance or cooperation?
Great Spirit, teach me to make cooperative changes.
Tim: Yoga continues every Wednesday at 10 AM, at Meda Lord Center.
Matt O’Brien’s funeral will be held at the tribal hall this Saturday, 11 AM, with a funeral potlatch that evening.
The Nenana Book Club is reading The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexi and will meet to discuss it the first Monday of next month, 7 PM.
The Ham Radio class taught by Carl Horn continues to meet Fridays at the Nenana City Library, 6-7:30 PM.
The next Village Pride/Community Safety meeting and dinner will be February 24, 6:30, at the tribal hall.
Maryellen: The I ACT Free Coalition will be having a training/meeting in Fairbanks March 29th and 30th. WIN is invited to join them for both days for the training; you may register online here: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=rbzzoxjab&oeidk=a07ec477spy32b0dbcf WIN is especially invited to join for lunch that Tuesday. Kat would be glad to provide transportation to up to four others.
She is organizing for the next Choose Respect rally and parade. This year she would like to start in the gym at the school at 10:45 AM. She has asked Kat to speak for a short while about violence. They will then have their march starting around 11 AM, with a walk to the depot and back, making a circle around the community. She is working on designs for tee shirts for participants. She will be asking the Native Council to donate to the t-shirt fund.
PINK is working on Kick Butts Day activities.
Virginia: (Singing) Happy Birthday, Dear Virginia, Happy Birthday to You!!!!!
Bonnie: Thursday night is the City Assembly meeting, 6:30 at the Senior Center.
February 15th is President’s Day; the banks, PO, City offices, are all closed that day.
February 17th the Tortella Council on Aging holds their annual meeting at the Senior Center concurrently with lunch. They will elect new officers.
Ice Classic Meeting February 18th, 5:30 PM, at the Civic Center.
Home basketball games, Glenallen VS the Mighty Lynx, February 26th and 27th.
Kat: Jason Mayrand was sworn in as mayor yesterday morning. David is up in Fairbanks today, courtesy the VA, being fitted with hearing aids. He is getting ready to take a bunch of pigs to the butcher. Order your Easter hams now.
Ed: The road between here and Fairbanks id pretty good. Couple of icy patches. He is impressed with our community, how busy we stay.
Amie: Is interested in taking the Exercise and Learning education to the teachers.; Is thinking to ask the principal if she can do an in-service presentation.
She has been reading about using Tai Chi and Qigong as interventions for PTSD; having learned a lot about healing from the Western model she is interested in exploring Eastern healing practices.
The Health Challenge is going well. They are getting ready to submit their numbers from week one. Due to illness, the webmaster has not gotten the new web site up and running but SOON. They are working on an app for submitting their health data.
Don’t forget that there is a Boy Scout program here in Nenana. Contact is Cory Dugan. She thinks it is for ages 10-18.
Lastly, Easter Weekend, the Fairbanks LDS will be holding an “Honoring Christ” program with art, music and theater, 1500 West Cowles Street (across from the hospital).
ADJOURNMENT: 1:50 PM