WIN Minutes 4-12-16

Nenana Wellness Coalition
April 12, 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 6 participants today: Bonnie Reed, Kat McElroy, Ed Herrgard, Harriett Borst, Jeannie Bennett and Tim Horn.
We enjoyed shredded beef and cheese 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: Bonnie Reed

SPIRITUAL MOMENT: was lead by Kat, with a short meditation upon the turning of the seasons and the return of the sun.

PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There were no items added to the agenda.

MINUTES: Minutes were posted at the WIN link at and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list.

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: No new guests today.


Nenana Emergency Services: Kat McElroy said that our Fire Chief, Joe Forness, who is an EMT-III and a certified EMS instructor, is offering EMT-I training in May. As always our squad makes do with a small group of dedicated volunteers. Joe is willing to do an ETT training as well, if there are people who would like to train into that basic level of EMS care. Joe is willing to waive instruction fees for anyone able to take/pass the training, if they in turn are willing to commit to volunteering to be on the squad. It is a terrific opportunity for service work.
Nenana EMS typically responds to two to three 911 calls on an average week. About half of our calls result in transport to Fairbanks for further medical attention. Sometimes we respond to motor vehicle accidents that have multiple victims. There is always a need for trained responders. Nenana EMS has mutual aid agreements with Anderson and Healy, our service area is large. We respond to a wide variety of emergencies: medical, search and rescue, fire, accidents.
Kat urges everyone to share this information with any resident of our area who may be interested in an opportunity to give back to our community, working alongside a dedicated cadre of volunteers who provide vital services for our people. Anyone interested in finding out more about this should contact Joe Forness.

WELLNESS THOUGHT: “We are responsible for the condition of the Earth. We are the ones who are responsible and we can change that. If we wake up, it is possible to change the energy. It is possible to change everything.”
Hunbatz Men, MAYAN
Tim: The Hugney/Farrs will do an Envisioning Wellness presentation on May 10th about their Quaker faith. Kat will do a presentation the following week, May 17th, on the ancient art of story-telling.
The Nenana Book Club is reading The Swimmer, by Joakim Zander, a spy thriller.
Tim and Carl will be attending the Hamvention in Ohio in May; their trip will coincide with the 17 year cicada cycle.
Jeannie: She is feeling better after coming down with something dreadful at the Health Fair. Bob was awarded his Contractor’s License. Hurrah!
Harriett: Has begun work at the Ice Classic. Says she Would have done so previously but was disinclined to get up sp early. She is enjoying herself.

Ed: Was visiting over at Tony and Donny Jensen’s place. Will be working driving van down in Cantwell four days a week this summer.

Kat: Ice Watch Picnic this Friday, May 15th, at Noon.
The Breast Cancer Detection van will be in Nenana June 22, in Healy June 21st, Appointments, call 1-855-475-5330.Fairbanks Soil & Water Conservation are taking orders for their annual tree and shrub sale. Visit for details.

Bonnie: City Assembly meeting this Thursday 6:30 PM at the Senior Center.
Tae Kwan Doh tournament at Nenana School April 16th.
On the 18th, the Senior Board will meet.
The Senior van will be going to Fairbanks April 21st.
April 22-024 will be the men’s basketball tournament at Nenana City Public School in the gym.


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