Nenana Wellness Coalition
June 28, 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, Shelly Reed, Mary Alexander, Tara, Crystal Gogly, Tim Horn, Jeanette Demente and Amie, James and Kenneth Verhagan.
We enjoyed meat balls pasta casserole , 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: Tim Reed
SPIRITUAL MOMENT: was lead by Tara, with a short prayer.
PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There were no items added to the agenda.
MINUTES: There were no minutes generated last week nor posted at the WIN link at http://www.railbelt.org nor submitted electronically to the WIN e-list.
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: No new guests this week.
Trauma Informed Youth Empowerment: Kat reported on the Tanana Chief’s Conference Circles of Care training she and Rosemary Allen attended last week in Fairbanks on Youth Engagement. The trainers were from the Native Wellness Institute, (NWI), Robert Johnston, a founding member of NWI, and Shalene Joseph whose mother worked for NWI and who “grew up doing NWI trainings.” They used the traditional medicine wheel divided into four parts to explore the spiritual, physical, mental and emotional aspects of all issues and the two day workshop was composed of alternating talking circles and didactic segments, beginning with an exploration of historical trauma (the impact of having a foreign culture land on top of the Indigenous peoples of the Americas) and how that has played out in intergenerational trauma due to loss of family, community and cultural structure. The Native Wellness Institute philosophy of wellness is strengths based and challenges participants to focus on resiliency.
Kat brought the printed training materials for WIN participants to look at and is willing to make copies for anyone. About half of the handouts were informational; the other half are handouts they use when working with youth around wellness and healing from trauma. Shirley Holmberg of TCC/Circles of Care will be planning four more Trauma Informed Care trainings (this was the fifth of nine). The trainings are free and community members are encouraged to participate to extend the Circles of Care philosophy of wellness and healing into our communities.
Nenana Saturday Market: Last Saturday the market was slow; most of the traffic was tourists and visitors passing through Nenana to visit Denali. Lee Hulcher has returned to Montana to tend to a family emergency and Janet Allen has stepped up to take over Market duties. We had a vendor come from Fairbanks, arriving to set up at 7 AM and no one showed up at the Civic center until after 8. There is push back from vendors as we seldom have nay customers until 10 AM. Perhaps Janet could change the hours of FB so that people will not show up for a non-event. We agree we should be consistent but vendors feel it is a waste of time to sit for two hours with no customers. Nenana Urban Farm has been selling meat but not a lot of on-site sales. Several of the vendors were absent last week due to other commitments. Kat will talk to Janet to see who is in charge of what in Lee’s absence.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: Whenever you take anything from the Earth, remember to leave an offering.
–Joe Coyhis, STOCKBRIDGE-MUNSEE
Amie: It’s been a good summer so far. Their garden is doing well. Ames celebrated his second birthday. Kenneth has two teeth. She isn’t sure when the next Health Challenge will be.
The LDS will be hosting a Veteran’s Appreciation breakfast July 4th, at the Civic Center, 9-10 AM, and will be having a speaker.
Shelly: Happy to be here visiting again.
Bonnie: Gospel Fest is scheduled for Friday, July 1st, 1-8PM, with a free pulled pork dinner hosted this year by the Fairbanks Native Church at 5:30PM at the Civic Center. July 2nd 1-8 PM with a Children’s Service at 4 PM at the Civic Center. There will be a combined church service Sunday, July 3.
There will be no meal July 4th at the Senior Center but 4th of July activities start 11AM followed by a 100th anniversary celebration for Coghill’s Store to follow between 3:00 and 3:30 PM.
Wednesday, July 13th will a Village Pride/Community safety meeting and community dinner at the tribal hall, 6:30 PM.
Thursday, 6:30 PM, City Assembly meeting, at the Senior Center.
Jeannette: Vacation Bible School all week, 9AM-1PM, at the Civic Center.
Tuesday evening walking group, assembles at the Parrish Hall for a 3 mile stroll.
Tim: The Baha’i invite all to their musical devotions Wednesday 7PM.
Nenana Book Club will meet Monday night 7PM at the Harvey residence to discuss Alice Walker’s Temple of My Familiar.
Kid’s Craft with Karen Harvey at the Nenana City Library Wednesday, 3PM.
Mary: Harriet is back and they have new residents at the Meda Lord Center.
Kat: David took four pigs to butcher at MidState meats in North Pole yesterday and hauled another load of four pigs today.
Kat’s sister Maureen arrives June 30th for a two week visit; she is bringing two of her friends and they all look forward to doing some farm chores.
Annalee Coy posted on the Nenana Community FB page she will be going to Delta to make a bulk by at the GSA tent sale. Contact her if you want to get in on this.