Nenana Wellness Coalition
October 11, 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 8 participants today: Bonnie Reed, Kat McElroy, Virginia Young, Miles Martin, Natalie Chong and Amie, Johnny & Kenneth Verhagan.
We enjoyed baked salmon with brown rice and pine nuts, kim chee, salmon caviar, pickled turnips, Ritz crackers with sliced cheese, mixed raisins & pecans for lunch.
WELCOME and READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson, Bonnie Reed.
SPIRITUAL MOMENT: Was lead by Miles with a talking meditation on Janis Joplin who asked Oh, Lord, Wont You Buy Me…. And indeed received all that for which she asked. Maybe there is a lesson there.
PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There was one modification to our 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: No new guests this week.
Nenana Health Fair: Nothing new on the Health Fair front. It has been scheduled for the end of March, to be held at the school. Preliminary steps have been taken towards garnering support for the fair. Organizational efforts will intensify after the holidays.
Envisioning Wellness: Natalie is still thinking what to present to us. She is scheduled to present in December.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: The family is the heartbeat of strength of the culture. The grandfathers and grandmothers taught their children; they in turn had children who taught their children. If the family isn’t taught the culture, then the children become adults, and the adults become the grandfathers and grandmothers, and the result is the culture becomes lost. This is how language is lost; this is how dances are lost; this is how knowledge is lost. We need to listen to our Elders, today, before it’s too late.
Great Spirit, teach me the culture so I can teach the children.
Natalie: Homesickness has begun to set in. She is in her second year here. Her parents will be visiting sometime this winter. Perhaps her mother would be willing to teach another Korean cooking class.
Phlight Club will be all day Friday at school, then a Build Your Own Pizza Party for dinner that evening at five PM. The older kids will be spending the night at the school with their adult anchors. Activities and skill-building all day Saturday culminating in dinner at 5PM then home.
Virginia: Rented the farm house out to locals. She has been doing yard work at her town house. She is interested in seeing if the food pantry idea could fly as an all-volunteer venture. The tribe is looking into getting and operating a high tunnel for vegetable production.
Miles: Got his bulbs out of the garden and safely tucked down into the root cellar for the winter. Is preparing for their annual trip to Tucson. They will be gone about six weeks.
Kat: Will not be here next week; has an appointment to meet with people from Rural/Cap to see about the possibility of having the Rural Provider’s Conference here in Nenana. Then she will be down in Anchorage for the ACBHC board meeting.
David is busy with farm chores. They found earth worms in their garden the other day. Told them to Dig Deep! Kat fired up the smokehouse that Tara and Crystal built for her and has salmon strips smoking. Getting ready to make a couple hundred pounds of pork sausage. Wants to smoke about half of it.
Amie: Thrilled it hasn’t snowed yet. She has been cleaning the yard and getting firewood in. Josh is back in school.
They will NOT be holding a Harvest Festival this year, but focusing on their annual Nativity activity.
Bonnie: Thursday night the canvassing board meets at 5:50 to count absentee ballots and seal the election results. Then the City Assembly will meet at 6:30 PM.
October 17th the Senior Board will be meeting at 5:30 PM. Then, at 6:30 will be the Community Pride/Village Safety meeting and community dinner at the tribal hall.
October 18th is Alaska Day, The Nenana Native Council will have their meeting at 6:30 PM at the tribal hall.
There will be a pot latch during AFN to honor the Fairbanks Four.
October 26th will be the K-12 Fall Music Concert, 6:30PM, in the gym at NCPS.