WIN Minutes 10-25-16

Nenana Wellness Coalition
October 25, 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 six participants today: Bonnie Reed, Natalie Chong, Kat McElroy, Mary Alexander, Virginia Young and Miles Martin.
We enjoyed chicken wings with carrots and rice pilaf, Cole slaw, kimchee, 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 Virginia, with a read prayer.

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

MINUTES: 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 although Virginia did introduce her new dog, Henry.

Don’t forget: Friday 10:30 AM, Michael Patterson will be sharing with our community Oct 28th, in the NCPS gym. Hope we see you there!

It was suggested that we have The Nenana Food Pantry as a running topic. The grant RMHA applied for was never funded but there does seem to be interest in this project within the community, utilizing our own local resources.
Bonnie says she talked to Jeannie who suggests we may need to look for someone to take lead on the Community Thanksgiving as she, Jeannie, will be Harriett’s escort to Oregon for needed medical services, and may not have time to devote to this project as she has previously. It is agreed we would like to see the event continue.

WELLNESS THOUGHT: May all your words be tender and sweet, for some day you may need to eat them. Anonymous

Natalie: Phlight Camp was Phantastic! They had almost 30 youth and around 20 adult anchors. The activities were phun! They had one participant from as far away as Healy and another from Anderson. The youth enjoyed presenting Anchor Coupons to the adults, to honor all that the adults do. She is anticipating having another Phlight Club weekend this Spring and they have been talking about sustainability, how to keep these activities going beyond the grant.
Natalie is working on Student Support Lessons. They are just finishing up Nutrition and now will be learning about How The Brain Works.
The Winter Concert is this Wednesday evening, 6:30 PM, in the gym.
Friday at Noon, in the Pit, will be the Junior High play.
Miles: Had an interesting conversation at the Village Pride/Community Safety dinner last week with Bart Garber from Toghotthele about the commercial possibilities for the Cultural Center, in light of what Bart had said about promoting Alaska Native art and local crafts. It is agreed that the Cultural; Center needs good management to maximize the commercial potential. Miles feels this is a perfect opportunity for the city, tourism industry and Native Corporations to partner for economic development in our area.
Virginia: There was a nice article in the News-miner about Eric Filardi, our science teacher, who has been nominated for Alaska Teacher if the Year award. He said good things about our school and our community
Virginia reserved her table for the Christmas Bazaar. Which will be the first weekend in December, the 3rd and 4th.
She is looking forward to going with her son Roland when he returns to Rwanda this spring, maybe March, where he is involved in Eucalyptus tree farming.
Kat: The ACBHC meeting last week focused primarily on the steps the commission would need to take to become a licensing board. There are many aspects to examine and possible unintended consequences that could come into play.
On a lighter note, RMHA has hired Megan Spencer and Kat has begun training her. Megan will have completed the RHS program in April at which time she will have all the trainings she needs to obtain certification as a Counselor Tech. Within a year she would have the hours needed to proceed to Level CDC-I certification. Megan has good common sense and a feel for the communities she will serve.
Mary: The surplus produce from the school garden got portioned out to the school, some sold, some given away, all utilized. Every year they are learning more of what to plant and how they can use their produce. She would like to see an effort to teach how to put away product for value-added sales at the Farmer’s Market or for home use.
She and Wes played music for two AFN-related activities this weekend, a dance for alumni of Mount Edgecombe Friday night and on Saturday a birthday party out at the Musher’s Hall. Both well attended and fun but she got worn out.
Bonnie: Sam Medsker died on October 21.
Hallowe’en Carnival at the school Monday, October 31st, 5-7PM.

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