WIN Minutes 5-31-16

Nenana Wellness Coalition
May 31, 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 12 participants today: Bonnie Reed, Kat McElroy, David Poppe, Mary Alexander, Virginia Young, Jim & Cindy Hautla, Miles Martin, Natalie Chong, Jeannie Bennett, Maryellen Robinson and Laura Hokenson.
We enjoyed chicken wings with rice pilaf, sourdough rustico bread with butter, strawberry jam, raw cheddar cheese, peanut butter cookies, Ritz crackers with sliced cheese and mixed raisins and pecans for lunch.

Natalie again brought us copies of the latest Nenana City Public Schools, The Nenana Newsfeed.

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

SPIRITUAL MOMENT: was lead by Miles, with a silent meditation

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

MINUTES: There minutes generated last week were posted at the WIN link at and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list with no requests for corrections.

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: No new guests this week


Nenana Saturday Market: Virginia reported that the initial Saturday Market went well, with sales equal to our better weeks last summer. Lots of the vendors are back. The NSLC had herbs. Miles sold a lot of garden starts and had a lot of intere3st in the banana tree he brought. There were a lot of visitors from Europe. Virginia brought signs for people wanting to distribute them more widely and reported that Lee Hulcher has arranged for signage out on the highway to widen public awareness of the event.
Community-wide Yard Sale: This event is scheduled to occur this coming Saturday as part of the River Days celebration. Jeannie reports there are 13 sites registered at this time. She has made up maps identifying each of these sites which are available at the A-Frame, Coghill’s, City Hall, and The Roughwoods. She has also advertised on Craig’s List and the Fairbanks Yard Sale web site. Jeannie is hoping that this will become an annual event.

WELLNESS THOUGHT: Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be.
Mary: The birthday/wedding/family reunion event they attended went really well. She goty lots of good photographs. Really enjoyed the BBQ/picnic up on the hill yesterday. It was bright and sunny with just enough breeze to keep the mosquitoes away.
Natalie: She is still working. She has to complete her grant reports. Then she may be traveling to Oregon. She really hates the mosquitoes.
Maryellen: Lena is fundraising to help defray costs of attending a youth leadership conference in August. She needs about four thousand dollars. She is thinking about doing a bale sale for the 4th of July.
The Prevention Carnival is scheduled for June 25th. George Albert has agreed to arrange for live music.
I ACT Free tobacco prevention alliance will hold its bimonthly meeting this Friday, noon, at the TCC conference room, 4th floor. Everyone is invited to attend.
Virginia: Working on the peonies. Did a stem count at the request of the grower’s cooperative for marketing purposes. They have been mowing, laying out irrigation. She is starting a Little Old Lady’s garden at her house in town.
Laura: Max turned one year old, hurray Max! She had a nice Memorial Day holiday, they took a day trip, hiking out to Angel Rocks.
She walked for Graduation, congratulations Laura.

David: He needs to grind feed, has more pigs that need to go to slaughter. He had a cow that went renegade last night, slipped through the fence and wanted to graze the pasture. He needs to set up some fencing to get the herd out onto new green grass. Moved the puppies outside; they are four weeks old. He is getting lots of milk from Miss Bessie.

Jim: Participated in the Saturday Market. He is taking care of the garden and has lots of herbs out there.
Kat: Looking forward to her little sister coming up for a ten day visit at the end of June. Never gets even a third of her to Do list done from day to day.

Miles: Made a trip down to Denali yesterday and sold a lot of his art works. His greenhouse is at a critical stage.

Cindy: The bacon she got at the Saturday Market was really delicious. She and Jim will be traveling to Michigan for a month to visit his parents and siblings.

Bonnie: The Seniors have an option to take the Riverboat Discovery tour June 3rd. People who would like to go should let Vickie know.
There will be a River Blessing this Sunday, 10AM, at the Salmon Bake building.
The Senior Bus will make a trip to Fairbanks on the 7th.
June 9th, 6:30, City Assembly meeting at the Senior Center.
June 17th, Noon, the Seniors will have their Father’s Day luncheon.

Jeannie: Penny Forness is at Hickle House, room 306, in Anchorage. Tests and monitoring will determine when she can come home.
Jeannie’s sister came up for a visit; they were taking a cruise. Took them to the Salmon Bake at Pioneer Park and to the show at the Palace Theatre, which Jeannie really enjoyed.
She made picture books for her children and other family members for their upcoming family reunion and uploaded it to Google Drive.


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