WIN Minutes 9-06-16

Nenana Wellness Coalition
September 6, 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 11 participants today: Bonnie Reed, Tara, David Poppe, Kat McElroy, Jim & Cindy Hutlaw, Virginia Young, Maryellen Robinson, and Amie Verhagan and sons.
We enjoyed ham and potato soup, 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 Kat, who read our Wellness Meditation below.

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

MINUTES: Minutes were generated last week and posted at the WIN link at as well as submitted electronically to the WIN e-list with no changes noted.

We had an abbreviated meeting today due to the funeral scheduled 1 PM at the tribal hall for James Richards.


Dancing In The Streets: Maryellen talked to Big Mike who said he would need about 50 pounds of pork butts to do pulled pork. Also on the menu: mac ‘n’ cheese, green salad, baked beans. Kat will make fr bread. Maryellen has gotten plenty of glow sticks. She has asked Teisha Simmons has been asked to be our speaker. Maryellen is going to try not having a parade this year. This event will begin 5PM, Friday, September 23rd, at the Civic Center. We will have live music!

WELLNESS THOUGHT: Oh Great Spirit, today help me to know myself. Help me to see the joy, kindness, strength and beauty that I am.

Cindy: Asked about meals at the Senior Center. One of the NSLC student’s parents was asking. No dinners, just lunch, Mon., Wed. and Fridays.
Kat: We got all the hay in from out at MP 315, which is about half of what we need to get thru the winter. When it stops raining we will start out at the airstrip. Kat has been learning about tractors: cutting, tedding, raking, baling hay.
David: Is having a rain-cation after a long week of haying. During the good weather, some of the hay they cut dried in just one day doe to the warm wind. All of his equipment is old and needs constant tinkering to keep it up and running, Pigs are having babies; he has 40-plus baby pigs and his breeder stock.
Jim: He and Cindy continue looking for a house or land to buy.
Natalie: She is working with the students this week on the importance of good sleep. Next week they will be talking about germs, contagion and fighting off flu. She will be gone the 13th and 14th to attend the tribal youth training in Fairbanks.
Maryellen: They have 92 students at NSLC this year. There is an I ACT Free meeting this Friday at Noon. People may attend telephonically if they’d like. She is running for the school board.
Bonnie: Freecycle this Friday, at the RV Park if the weather is good, at Civic Center in weather is inclement. Food theme: Mexican.
City Assembly meeting Thursday at 630 PM.
Train Ride September 10th to Denali Park and back. $25.00. If interested, get the money to Vicki at the Senior Center by tomorrow.
September 11-16th Katherine Brower will be doing a environmental waste management training in Nenana at the tribal hall. There will be representatives here from over 20 villages.
Virginia: Will be planting 3,000 more Sarah Barnhart peonies starting September 13th.
Amie: She and Kristi will be conducting a new Health Challenge starting September 21st. They will have the information on the web site. If you are interested in joining in this process, contact Amie or Kristi or via the Face Book page.
Per Jeannie Bennett: Miss Harriett Borst has congestive heart failure; she did NOT have a heart attack.


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