Nenana Wellness Coalition
October 4, 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, Natalie Chong, Tara, Maryellen Robinson, Kat McElroy, David Poppe, Tim Horn, Ed Herrgard, Virginia Young, Miles Martin, Jim Hutlaw and Traci Humphrey.
We enjoyed moose stew with potatoes, carrots, zucchini and onions, Cole slaw, chocolate chip cookies, turtle bars, Ritz crackers with sliced cheese, mixed raisins & pecans for lunch.
WELCOME and READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson: Tim Horn.
SPIRITUAL MOMENT: was lead by Tim, with a song: For Our Children.
PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There were two items added to the agenda.
MINUTES: The minutes generated last week were posted at the WIN link at http://www.railbelt.org or submitted electronically to the WIN e-list.
INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: Traci introduced herself to us: she is a friend of Tim Horn’s, recently relocated to the area from McGrath. She was born in Wasilla but spent several decades in Scotland before returning to Alaska.
Nenana Health Fair: Is scheduled to be held at the school, March 31st, a Friday, and will focus on youth health issues.
Envisioning Wellness: Tim will ask the new VPSO, Joe Notti, if he would be willing to come to WIN and talk with us about his vision for wellness in Nenana.
Tara has been reading about how to create Circles of Accountability from a tool she downloaded at creative-interventions.org which teaches building capacity for grassroots social justice organizations and supporting domestic violence and sexual assault organizations to create realistic community-based, transformative justice and community accountability interventions. She is willing to do a presentation once she plows through the 500 pages of material she has.
Phlight Club: The next Phlight Camp and sleepover is scheduled to take place Friday October 14th and Saturday, October 15. This is for K-8th grade students. Friday will be devoted to lessons and activities to help teach our students how to help make our school and community places where all youth feel connected, respected and successful. Sign up now. Natalie needs volunteer adult anchors. K-2nd grade students will each need an adult anchor; students 3-8th grades will need an adult anchor for every two students. There will be fun and challenging activities and healthy meals Younger students are not required to spend the night if they do not feel comfortable but those who do should bring their sleeping gear. Call 832-5464 and talk to Kate Stone or Natalie Chong for further information or contact Natalie firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: The Great Spirit had given us certain values to live by. If we learn to think in harmony with these values such as; respect, love, patience, tolerance, commitment, trust, etc., we cannot get off track. No matter what we do, we will always be in harmony. For example, if we are respectful, then we will respect the earth, our children, our women, our men, and ourselves. Indian values help us walk under the guidance of the Great Spirit.
Virginia: Understands that the Nenana Native Council is building two new structures on Fourth Street one of which will be a duplex, the other intended to be housing for the VPSO. She welcomes the new tribal administrator, Jessica Shaw,
Miles: Don’t forget to vote!
Tara: They found a dead beaver in their slough. She wasn’t sure what had killed it so they gave the carcass to Fish & Game for testing to determine cause of death. They were told that they likely could have eaten the beaver. She is looking for a pattern for a beaver hat and patterns for baby booties. Crystal is tanning a beaver skin.
Kat: David has contracted to buy about 30 tons of barley from a local farmer so the pigs will have feed this winter made of locally grown grain.
Kat will not be here October 18; she will be attending a RuralCap meeting in Fairbanks during which they will be discussing the possibility of bringing the Rural Provider’s Conference to Nenana. RPC is a four day conference with workshops on alcoholism and drugs, suicide prevention, intergenerational trauma, domestic violence, and community development. Last time RPC was in Nenana was 1994.
Natalie: Hopes that people will volunteer to be adult anchors for students at Phlight Club October 14 & 15 and be willing to spend the night.
Maryellen: This Friday at Noon, I ACT Free will have their monthly meeting in Fairbanks, TCC Conference Room. People wanting to participate telephonically should dial in at 1-800-770-8251, ex 3975. At the prompt, the meeting code is 0134748#.
She will have an I ACT Free Tobacco Prevention booth October 20th at Alaska Federation of Natives conference.
She is working to bring Michael George Patterson to the Interior; he will be in Fairbanks October 26th, in Healy on the 27th and in Nenana the 28th.
Bonnie: Pay attention when you vote to write in the candidates of your choice on the correct line (and X the box). Volleyball Alumni Game at the school tonight.
The Seniors will be going to dinner at The Pagoda October 8th.
This Thursday night there will be a school board meeting at the school.
October 7th and 8th will be a girl’s volleyball tournament.
The City Assembly meets Thursday, October 13th.
Tim: Junior Youth Group meets tonight.
Monday the 10th there will be a sale of Lu Laroe garments in the Pit, 5:30PM.
Monday the 17th will be the Community Pride/Village Safety meeting and community dinner at the tribal hall, 6:30PM.
Junior High basketball home game Tuesday, October 18th, 5:30PM.
Traci: Told us a story about finding a dead seal on the seashore in Scotland which she made efforts to skin to harvest the hide, with an Exacto Knife, not very successfully.
Ed: Spent the summer driving shuttle bus for Denali Wilderness Safari based out of Cantwell. Likes to spend time in Nenana, thinks WIN is a positive force in the community.
David: Just back from unloading the barley out on their property at MP 315. The grain has between 18 to 20% moisture. He is also buying peas which he will use to supplement the barley and boost the protein of his pig feed.
Jim: There are potatoes and carrots in the garden out back of the NSLC; the school has harvested all they want/can use so these will be for sale.
AJOURNMENT: 2:05 PM