Nenana Wellness Coalition
February 16, 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 7 participants today: Bonnie Reed, Kat McElroy, Natalie Wong, Ed Herrgard, Mary Alexander, Virginia Young, Rosemary Allen and Chris Babcock.
We enjoyed meatballs and angel hair pasta in marinara sauce with three cheeses, 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: Virginia.
SPIRITUAL MOMENT: was led by Chris, with a short pray of thanks.
PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There were two 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, with no noted corrections.
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: Chris Babcock introduced herself to us. She works at the Nenana Student Living Center. Her husband is military and works at Clear. They moved here in June and live out by the Fireweed.
Phlight Club/Phlight Camp: Natalie said that they have planned this event a little bit differently from last time. The Phlight Camp will be for 3-8th graders; Phlight Club will be 9-12th graders. The goal is to teach youth how they each function within a web of support made up of caring adults (family members, teachers, community members) and to identify for themselves the strengths of their web of support and their areas that could be improved. The activities will begin Friday morning and run all through the school day. Some of the things they will be doing include making Yupik Story Knives and weaving friendship bracelets. Friday night they will have a movie: Inside-Out. Some of the students will be spending the night. Saturday, they will have brunch and other resiliency building activities. Applications are at the school as well as the living center. They need adult volunteers to function as Anchors for the students. Community members are welcome to participate.
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. It is being advertised in the Fairbanks daily Newsminer. Everyone who is volunteering or people-ing a table needs to go onto the Alaska Health Fair Inc. web site and fill out the online volunteer application. It is no longer printed, completed and faxed but filled out instead online.
Nenana Summer Market: Mary related a conversation she had with a woman who is a student at UAF and doing a research project on the Farm To School grants. Mary was able to recount to her our activities with the garden at NSLC and selling produce at the Saturday Market which is now in its second year and expanding. Chris said she and Mike Anderson had been working with the students on a cooking/baking club. They would like to teach the kids other aspects of food preservation: making sauerkraut, canning, pickles, etc. Mary was interested in knowing how they can engage some of the students in prep work for the garden, starting seeds. Kat interjected that they could sell seedlings as a way to generate money to support their garden. Chris encouraged Mary to present the project to Joe DeGrandin and make sure he knows that it won’t cost anything. She also provided her observation that the students will take ownership of the project if they are given specific responsibilities and are part of the planning process.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: In nature, for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. 3rd Law of Motion/Sir Isaac Newton
Bonnie:The Senior annual meeting will take place tomorrow during lunch at the Senior Center for elections of officers.
Chris: Phlight Club this weekend. Don’t forget that community members are invited to NSLC any evening 5:30 for dinner to network with the students.
Kat: David is enroute to MidState Meats with five pigs for slaughter. The Autism Society of Alaska is bringing scientist, author and inventor Temple Grandin to Alaska for two free community presentations. There will also be two free showings of the 2010 HBO movie “Temple Grandin,” which chronicles her personal and professional journey.
Grandin will share her experiences with autism and animal science at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, in the Davis Concert Hall on the Fairbanks campus. She will discuss how animals think, act and feel. She will explore animal pain, fear, aggression, love, friendship, communication, learning and genius. A book signing will follow from 4:15 to 4:45 p.m. On Monday Feb. 29, Grandin will sign books from 5 to 6 p.m. and then make a free presentation on autism from 6:10 to 7:45 p.m. at the Friends Community Church, 1485 30th Avenue. She will talk not only about her personal and professional journey but also about autism issues. Online registration is preferred for Grandin’s event, but not required, at: http://www.asagoldenheart.org/temple-grandin.
Kat also has raffle tickets for sale for the Friends of the Library fundraiser: 1st prize is a fur coat; second prize overnight accommodations for two at Chena Hot Springs; third place a 50 dollar Chevron card. Tickets are five dollars each and the drawing will be held during Tripod Days 100th anniversary of the Ice Classic, Sunday, March 6th.
Ed: Donated two sets of two Regal Cinema movie tickets to Jeannie for use as health fair prizes. He enjoyed soup and hymns last Wednesday evening at Meda Lord.
ADJOURNMENT: 1:50 PM