Nenana Wellness Coalition
July 5, 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 & Maureen McElroy, Virginia Young, Emily Giles, Holly Johnson, Tim Horn, Jeanette Demente and Linda Casassa.
We enjoyed smoked Polish sausages, sweet corn on the cob , mixed green salad, peach cobbler, avocado stuffed eggs with baby tomatoes, Ritz crackers with sliced cheese and mixed raisins and pecans for lunch.
WELCOME and READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson: Virginia Young
SPIRITUAL MOMENT: was lead by Jeanette, with a short prayer.
PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There were no items added to the agenda.
MINUTES: Minutes generated last week were posted at the WIN link at http://www.railbelt.org and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list.
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: Maureen is Kat McElroy’s sister and is visiting for ten days; Emily and Holly are fellow librarians and have come along to share an Alaskan holiday. They are all librarians with the Washoe County Library system in Reno, Nevada. Emily lives in Reno, Holly lives in Portola, California, and Maureen resides in the small community of Chilcoot, CA. Linda is a friend of Jeannette and fellow teacher now living in Fairbanks.
Nenana Saturday Market: Our Market manager has had to return to Montana due to a family issue. Vendors have been taking on the responsibility of opening and closing the Civic Center on Saturday. Someone will need to get a hold of the former manager to obtain the passwords to the Saturday Market Face Book page so we can update our status, tweak the start/end times, etc. Sales we very slow this weekend, likely due to 4th of July holiday. It was suggested that we hang flyers in prominent places around town so that visitors will know about our market. Virginia said that she would be attending the council meeting tomorrow with Janet Allen to get direction from them regarding replacing the market manager.
We had a lengthy discussion about a program in Portola called Community Connections, Holly described to us. It is a local non-profit that operates via an open Face Book page, https://www.facebook.com/PlumasCommunityConnections that supports a process by which people can time-bank volunteer hours. People who have skills or services to offer and people who need assistance can utilize the process. People pay an initial $20.00 fee, fifteen dollars of which is used to do a background check as a safety measure. We brainstormed ways our community might utilize a similar process to link people.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: “It does not require many words to speak the truth.”
— Chief Joseph, NEZ PERCE
The truth shall set you free. This is the truth. When we speak the Truth, we do not need to be defensive. Truth needs no defense. When we speak the Truth, we do not need to attack because Truth cannot be attacked. It is so easy to want to manipulate or to be deceitful or dishonest. My head tells me I can get away with doing these things, after all everybody does it.
My Creator, today let me know Truth. Let me live Truth. Let me risk the Truth. Let me make the Truth sweet. Help me to make my word good. Let Your spirit and intent be added to by words. Let My thoughts be Truth.
Bonnie: Wednesday, July 13 will be the Community Pride/Village Safety meeting and community dinner at 6:30 PM at the tribal hall. Everyone is invited to attend.
July 14, 6:30 PM is the City Assembly meeting, at the Senior Center.
Wednesday, July 27, the monthly food boxes will be available for pick up from the Senior Center.
July 29th will be the Sobriety Pot Latch at Old Minto Family Recovery Camp.
Tim: Nenana Book Club meets tonight at the Harvey residence to discuss In the Temple Of my Familiar by Alice Walker. Next month they will read and discuss Blonde Indian by Ernestine Hayes.
Wednesday, 7-06, 3PM, will be Kids Crafts at the Nenana Library, with instruction by Karen Harvey.
Friday 7-08 Lorrie Cropley will conduct a devotional program on Tribal Values at the Horn’s 7PM.
This coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be the Midnight Sun Intertribal Pow Wow in Fairbanks, behind the Carlson Center. Friday 6pm – 12am, Saturday 12pm Noon – 12am Midnight and Sunday 12am – 5pm.
Emily: Is looking forward to an opportunity to visit a reindeer farm in Fairbanks, to learn about these animals, and Walk Amongst The Reindeer. She is enjoying her visit.
Kat: Gwennie had a new calf, a bright red bull calf. She has been busy with their visitors. They have six pigs up at the butcher; anyone wanting to get a half a pig should get their order in now.
Virginia: Her beloved Taz got hit by a car and killed; he is now buried out on the farm. She recently obtained a new little terrier named Henry. She has been harvesting peonies for the past week and a half. She has 1200 stems in her reefer truck.
July 9th they will celebrate the Martyrdom of the Bab, a Baha’i holiday.
Mosie: Really loves Nenana. Enjoyed our 4th of July celebration yesterday.
Jeannette: The Walking Club will meet tonight at the Parrish Hall at 7 PM. She and Jim will be visiting around Shageluk and Holy Cross. Jim has been feeling better.
Linda: Glad to be able to visit; it’s been really pleasant.
Holly: She has had a fun week. Enjoying her time here.
ADJOURNMENT: 1:48 PM