WIN Minutes 3-15-16

Nenana Wellness Coalition


March 15, 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: David PoppeBonnie Reed, Kat McElroy, Ed Herrgard, Miles Martin, Jeannie Bennett, Tim Horn and Kayla Williamson.
We enjoyed pork enchiladas, mixed green salad, Ritz crackers with sliced cheese and mixed raisins and pecans for lunch.

WELCOME and READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson: Jeannie Bennett

SPIRITUAL MOMENT: was led by Tim, with a song for healing.

PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There was one item added to the agenda.

MINUTES: Minutes were posted at the WIN link at and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list, with no noted corrections.

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: Kayla Willamson is a recent hire as RA at the NSLC: she moved here with her family, lives in Anderson, her father is stationed at Clear.


Envisioning Wellness: Miles will ask his contact at Fish & Game about presenting to us regarding latest regulations. She is a transplant from Nome, stationed now in this area, he met down on 10th street. Tim is talking to Chuck and/or Carrie Farr to see when they might be able to speak to us about the Quaker faith. Kat will be doing a presentation on Storytelling, May 17th.

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. Our tenth anniversary buttons which we will be handing out to participants say Nenana Health Fair: Springing Into Health Since 2006. As usual, we have a limited number of vouchers for bloodwork at our health fair. People interested in availing themselves of this opportunity should contact Jeannie at 832-2015 for information. Jeannie brought flyers to distribute as well as a rainbow of book markers with information about the fair for giveaway. Bonnie took one for the Senior Center. Tim took one to hang at the library. Kat took one for the city office and one for Railbelt. Kayla took one for Clear Air Base.

WELLNESS THOUGHT: Beware the Ides of March          –Calpurnia, to Caesar


David: We have a new baby calf born night before last. She seems healthy despite adverse weather conditions.


Ed: Just got back from a trip to Texas and side trips to Vegas and Pahrump, Nevada. Told us about a workshop he attended to determine if you are an introvert or an extrovert. He is an introvert. He said the workshop helped determine better ways to interact in relationship based on types. Says he is learning a lot about himself by helping others.


Bonnie: Today the Senior bus is making a trip to Fairbanks to the Noel Wein Library to get taxes done for seniors for free. Wednesday the Seniors will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a special luncheon at the Senior Center. The Seniors elected new officers: Marge Riley is the new president, Dave Shaw is vice president, Harriett Borst is treasurer and Nancy Shaw is secretary.

March 31st is the Choose Respect march starting at the school 11 AM.


Tim: The Nenana Book Club is reading Sailor Song, by Ken Keasy, a quirky tale set in a small Alaska community.


Miles: His sixth book is coming out in a few days. He is working on books seven and eight. After months of not feeling well and various visits with doctors he had a stent put into his heart, one of the arteries, and is feeling “much better now.” They sold out of pickles at Tripod Days, most of which were bought by kids, which belies the myth that You Can’t Get Kids To Eat Healthy Foods.


Jeannie: It is her 60th birthday today. Her son in the military called her to wish her Happy Birthday. We sang her Happy Birthday. Happy 60, Jeannie! She says they will be going to a wedding reception this weekend in Big Lake.


Kat: Railbelt is working on grants. First the Rural Human Services grant to complete and then tackle the community food security grant. Rosemary has been talking to the mayor, the chief, the churches and seniors to see what are our needs and what are our resources.

Nenana Urban Farm has bacon and pork chops for sale.  They also have pork for sale by the half pig or by the pound, with 30 more pigs to go to market in the next two months. If you are interested, email or  or call Kat or David, 832-1078.



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