Nenana Wellness Coalition
March 1, 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 9 participants today: Bonnie Reed, Kat McElroy, Ed Herrgard, Mary Alexander, Miles, Martin, Natalie Chong, Harriett Borst, Jeannie Bennett and Tim Horn.
We enjoyed meatloaf with potatoes and carrots, mixed green salad, dill pickles, Ritz crackers with sliced cheese and mixed raisins and pecans for lunch.
WELCOME and READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson: Jeannie
SPIRITUAL MOMENT: was led by Miles, with a silent meditation.
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, with no noted corrections.
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. Miles has created graphics for our tenth anniversary buttons which we will be handing out to participants. Nikki who works for Railbelt in the Healy office will use their button-making machine to mass produce the buttons. Thank you Miles and Nikki! Donations have been coming in for incentive rewards and door prizes, including certificates from the Nenana Saturday Market. As usual, prizes will be divided into categories so people will have their pick of which type prize they would like to win. The middle schoolers will be doing a project to present at the health fair.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose. ——Lyndon B. Johnson
Mary: No game night last night; rescheduled this week only for tonight, Tuesday, at 6:30 PM. Yoga at Meda Lord every Wednesdays, 10 AM.
Ed: Pretty quiet. The roads are good from Fairbanks all the way down.
Kat: David is off to Delta to pick up barley for the pigs. We had a really good time at the jam session last week at Bonnie’s house. She agrees with Tim and Mary, we need to schedule a regular time to get together and make live music. It’s very special to her.
Nenana Urban Farm has hams for sale in time for Easter. They are being processed now. They also have pork for sale by the half pig or by the pound. If you are interested in ordering, email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or call Kat or David.
Kat and Rose have been looking at a small grant Railbelt may pursue and talking to various key community members from the city and the tribe to explore various ideas for setting up a local food pantry and having classes so people can learn how to buy in bulk, put food away, utilize home grown produce, etc.
Miles: He and Irene are just back from Tucson. He saw lots of galleries there he thinks would be good venues for our Alaska arts and crafts. They charge 20% commission.
His sixth book is being edited and will be soon published. He is working on books seven and eight.
Bonnie: March 3rd there will be a community dinner spaghetti feed at the school starting at 5 PM followed by the science fair,
Nenana Unlimited will be playing live music at the Civic Center Friday night.
Saturday evening, March 5th, 7 PM, there will be a Coffee House at the school, in the pit.
That night also, at the tribal hall, starting at 8 PM, there will be a fiddle festival with players coming from as far away as Anchorage.
March 12, the Senior bus will be making a trip to Fairbanks to see the Ice Sculptures. Five dollar entry fee.
Harriett: Started her sprouts this morning. Her brother had surgery last Monday and is on the mend and feeling better.
She is signed up and will be working at the Ice Classic this year.
Jeannie: Her nephew got married this weekend down in Mesa. They made a quick trip Outside to attend the wedding. Lots of hugs and tears and joy and fun. The weather there was up into the high 80’s.
Tim: The Nenana Book Club is reading The Absolutely true Diary of a Part-time Indian, by Sherman Alexi and will meet next Monday to discuss.
March 9th is Kick Butts Day.
ADJOURNMENT: 1:30 PM