WIN Minutes 9-20-16

Nenana Wellness Coalition
September 20, 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, Andrea Dubenezic, Natalie Chong, Tara, Jeannie Bennett, Harriett Borst, Kat McElroy, Jim Hutlaw, Virginia Young, Nichole Bird, Eric Gephard, and Miles Martin.
We enjoyed beet and pork borscht soup, fresh baked biscuits with butter and strawberry/rhubarb jam, beaver and bean casserole, Ritz crackers with sliced cheese, mixed raisins & pecans and gingersnaps for lunch.

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

SPIRITUAL MOMENT: was lead by Harriett, who read our Wellness Meditation below.

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

MINUTES: There were no minutes generated last week nor posted at the WIN link at or submitted electronically to the WIN e-list.

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: No new guests this week. Harriett was welcomed back after her long absence.


Phlight Camp: Per Natalie, Phlight Camp has been rescheduled and the date thereof changed to October 14 & 15th. Natalie is actively recruiting adult anchors to participate. Also, they are planning a Family Fun Night, a literary event for this Thursday evening, 5:30PM. This is open to the community. The focus is on Children’s Classic stories; there will be four stations, each dedicated to one story and including an activity to highlight each story.
Nenana Health Fair: Our Health Fair 2017 will be at the school this year and will focus on youth health issues. Jeannie has talked to the school and the date picked will be Friday, March 31st. Laura and Tim have volunteered to help with organization. Jeannie will generate letters to solicit funds from Doyon, the Ice Classic and the Sam’s Club grant program. Kat has volunteered to be in charge of food. Jeannie talked to Steve with Access Alaska who would like to set up a wheel chair obstacle course as a health fair activity.

WELLNESS THOUGHT: You will only get back what you give out.
The Great Spirit created a system of balance and justice. This law says, if you treat others with
respect, you will be treated with respect. If you gossip about no one, no one will gossip about you. If you are fair in all of your dealings, you can expect the same. If you share with others, others will share with you. If you judge others, others will judge you. You will always get back what you give out. The original teaching talks about being a giving person. A giving person will constantly be on the receiving end. My Creator, help me to be a giving person today.

Harriett: Says she experienced heart failure and was in hospital five days which left her “weak as a kitten.” She is glad to be home now and “on the mend.”
Miles: End of summer activities have him busy. He got 12 pounds of crabapples from his tree which he and Irene pickled. He’s been putting up fish and they got a moose. He has been going round picking up all of his art from the cultural center and art galleries.
Tara: Has fish drying. They collected cranberries and have been getting their firewood in. She found out that Crystal is about two times faster than she is at skinning beaver. They are tanning the skin to make hats.
Kat: Was roundly scolded at Social Security for having multiple variations of her name associated with her SS card; apparently this violates tenants of the Patriot Act! But she is all signed up now for her monthly benefits and Medicare, so that’s done.
Recover Alaska and TCC are holding their last Listening Session tonight at the Noel Wien Library in Fairbanks to get input from the community about creating a Sobering Up Center to decreases ER room traffic, deaths and incarceration of inebriates.
Dancing In The Streets, at the Civic Center, this Friday, 5 PM. Live music. Good food. Lots of fun. Glow sticks are involved.
Jim: Focusing on the changing season. He showed us the beaver skin he is sending ut to be tanned. He’s been working on harvesting the school garden.
Andrea: Getting ready for flu season. She encourages everyone to get their flu shots. She handed out a printed list of all the pharmacies in town that can now do vaccinations. She said she bought a house this summer and has been experiencing how even good stress can be hard on you physically.
Virginia: Planted another 3,000 peonies last week. Her total peony count is now over ten thousand bulbs in the ground. She is getting her four bedroom farmhouse cleaned up and has a realtor handling the rental. She will have a Farmer’s Market report next week.
Bonnie: Needs a flyer for Maria Santolupo’s talk next week.
There will be a Coffee House at the school this Sunday, 3-5 PM. If you are interested in performing, you should contact Eric Filardi at the school. It is a fundraiser; there will be beverages and desserts for sale.
Jeannie: Rob has begun building their new house. Hannah says that she will start yoga again in October. Due to Penny’s ill health, Jeannie has taken on organizing the NSLC monthly birthday celebrations.

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