Nenana Wellness Coalition
August 9, 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 5 participants today: Bonnie Reed, Kat McElroy, Miles Martin, Virginia Young and David Poppe.
We enjoyed pork and rice noodles, kale, beet greens and tomato salad, Ritz crackers with sliced cheese and mixed raisins & pecans for lunch.
WELCOME and READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson: Bonnie Reed
SPIRITUAL MOMENT: was lead by Virginia, with a short prayer.
PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There was one item added to the agenda.
MINUTES: No minutes were generated last week to be posted at the WIN link at http://www.railbelt.org nor submitted electronically to the WIN e-list.
Nenana Community Garden: Tim had wanted us to keep the Community Garden as a regular item on the agenda towards our goal of increasing participation. She would like to have the Jr. Youth Group to work on revamping the plots as a community service project during their Junior Youth Camp August 18 & 19th. Kat has a weed-whacker that could be used for cutting down the thatch. Miles volunteered to bring his roto-tiller over to open the soil. It would be a good idea if we added composted manure and other organic matter to amend the soil. The thought is that if the plots are ready to be planted next spring, more plots would be utilized by community members.
There is also interest in putting fiberglass or some other material up on the green house as the clear plastic has to be replaced every year due to weather damage. Virginia says there is money available for this if we bring a proposal to the Native Council exactly what materials we need. It was agreed we should keep the Community Garden project as a running item on the agenda.
Food Pantry Project: Virginia understands that the grant money for the Food Pantry project is no longer available. She wonders if we might be able to create the project ourselves out of locally available resources. She is particularly interested in making food available to teach people how to bake bread and cook soups and stews, to help stretch people’s food budgets. This would require a group of volunteers committed to seeing the project to fruition. Kat said that to obtain food from the food bank, you need to be an official non-profit. She will talk to Rose to see if she would be willing to let Railbelt sponsor the project. The kitchens at the tribal hall and the Rec Center were identified as USDA inspected available sites for cooking classes. It was decided we should keep the Food Pantry as a running item on the agenda as well.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: We move toward and become like that which we think. What we think about creates our vision. If our thoughts are wise and good, then our vision becomes strong and truthful. If our thoughts are junk, then our vision becomes contaminated.
It’s important to be aware of what we are thinking about. As I live my vision, my children watch and live their lives the same way. We need to live the walk of the Warrior. We need to walk in beauty and respect. White Bison Daily Meditation 8-09-16
Virginia: Spent the weekend camping out down in Cantwell, visiting with her daughter who is working down there and reading in her nice water-tight tent.
Her four bedroom house out on the highway will be available to rent the second week of September.
Miles: Has got a zillion crab apples. He and Irene are going to try making some spicy pickled crab apples. His service berries are doing quite well this year, too.
Kat: Will be retiring from Railbelt after 14 years at the end of December. She looks forward to working on the farm, marketing beef and pork, spending more time in the garden, and maybe being able to burn beads.
David: Has been busy moving pregnant mama pigs out to our property where they are happy on berms and will be dropping their litters. These piggies he will sell as feeder pigs. Then he will not have any more litters til springtime. No making hay in all this rain which is very frustrating.
Bonnie: Tomorrow is Senior Day at the Fair and Seniors get in free and are all invited to enjoy the heritage lunch. The Senior Van will be going up so no lunch tomorrow at the Senior Center.
Thursday night at the tribal hall there is a Korean culture night with Korean food and activities, 6PM. Also that night, 6 PM, the city assembly meets at the Senior Center.
Friday there will be a Stand Down for US Veterans for clothing in Pioneer Park in Fairbanks, 10AM-5PM. Vets need to have their paperwork.
Saturday 7:30AM-3:00 PM there will be a Stand Down for US Vets, for health screenings, again at Pioneer Park.
ADJOURNMENT: 2:00 PM