Nenana Wellness Coalition
November 22, 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 10 participants today: Bonnie Reed, Natalie Chong, Mary Alexander, Jeannie Bennett, Kat McElroy, Jim & Cindy Hautla, Virginia Young, Tim Horn and David Poppe.
We enjoyed pork & beef enchiladas, mixed green salad, guacamole, Ritz crackers with sliced cheese and mixed raisins & pecans for lunch.
WELCOME and READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson: Jeannie Bennett.
SPIRITUAL MOMENT: was lead by Natalie, with a short prayer.
PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There were two items added to the agenda.
MINUTES: There were no minutes generated last week nor 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 Community Thanksgiving: We have obtained the use of the tribal hall for this affair which will occur the Friday following Thanksgiving and is open to all members of the community. Bobby Justin will come in early to start a fire so the hall will be warm by afternoon. Flyers have gone up around town and the event is listed on the Nenana Community Face Book page. People are invited to bring their musical instruments as well as any music they would like to share for the sing-along. Those who can are encouraged to bring a dish to share. We need volunteers to stay after the event to help clean up. Cheesecake will be involved.
Nenana Health Fair: Jeannie told us that she will be gone for most of December, thus planning activities will need to begin in earnest upon her return. Natalie, Virginia and Tim have all volunteered to be on the organizational committee. Access Alaska has requested that we make space for them to conduct a wheelchair obstacle course. Natalie would like to see some of the K-8 students involved in having an educational table to spotlight youth health issues.
Anchor Café: Two weekends ago, Natalie said, they had their second Anchor Café, a discussion group which is intended as a strategy to help adult anchors develop their support webs. It was a brunch affair, people brought brunch dishes. They had a nice meal and enjoyed working on their support web art projects. This will be a monthly affair, open to anyone wanting to take an active role in working with youth to develop the students webs of support.
WELLNESS THOUGHT: Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming…. Dora
Natalie: It’s been a busy week. They are changing up the school holiday bazaar this year. The younger students will be making items to give. High schoolers will still be making items for sale as a fundraiser for student activities. Natalie will be doing educational units on Holiday Celebrations Around the World and The Spirit of Giving.
Christmas Lunch at the school will be December 6th.
Bonnie: The Book Fair is currently happening in the library at NCPS and will run through December 9th.
No Senior Lunch on Friday, the 25th. (Come to the community Thanksgiving meal at the tribal hall!)
November 30th will be the winter music performances 6:30PM, in the gym.
Tim: Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment group continues meeting at the Parrish Hall Tuesdays, 4PM.
Annalee Coy is spearheading the Angel Tree and Christmas food boxes; encouraging everyone to participate. We had questions about student living center students who might appreciate being included in the Angel Tree. How could this happen? Jim mentioned that some of the LC students have scant resources from family.
Nenana Book Club is reading Willa Cather’s My Antonia and will meet to discuss the novel Monday, December 5th, 7 PM, at Karen Harvey’s. All welcome to attend.
Mary: Hannah continues teaching yoga at Meda Lord every Wednesday, 10 AM, in the Great Room.
Game Night continues every Monday and Friday evening at Meda Lord. On Mondays they play Dominos and on Fridays it is Sticks, a card game.
The Christmas tree is going up and things look festive.
David: The cows broke the fence and got out. He had to replace multiple fence posts and string additional wire to keep them back in. Yesterday he took two steers up to slaughter. He got the last of his hay baled November 1st including a mess of bedding hay which he is using in the pig nests so they can stay warm as the temperatures drop. He regaled us with tales of loading cows and piggies for transport, which is always a challenge.
Kat: The Change Agent meeting was interesting; the state Division of Behavioral Health anticipate there will be no funding for grants for Behavioral Health Services other than Psych Emergency Services by next year. Agencies were told that Medicaid Expansion will allow them to bill for other needed services; no answers regarding the new president’s proposed dismantling of Medicaid and Medicare. Railbelt will have further budget cuts but the finding for psych emergency services will continue.
This engendered a long conversation about addiction and recovery in light of the Surgeon General’s report of addiction and the recovery community’s advocacy efforts to Put A Face On Recovery and educate the public about addiction issues.
Jim: Nothing to add other than Great Food, thank you.
Cindy: They will be going to Fairbanks for Thanksgiving. She is asking Santa for a house and small piece of land please for Christmas.
Her father is not doing well, in hospital in Bethel.
Jeannie: Birthday Party for Harriett December 10th at Meda Lord.
She is 98% sure she and Harriett will be flying out on December 11th; Harriett has medical appointments the 12th and 13th.
Per Hannah, he next scheduled Coffee House will be December 10th, 7 PM, in the Pit.
There will be a service for Rondell Jimmie on Friday, November 25th, 11 AM, at St. Matthews on First Avenue in Fairbanks and there will be a pot latch with singing and dancing that evening at the tribal hall in Minto. Saturday November 26 they will conduct services in Minto, 11 AM, followed by traditional pot latch. Robin thanks everyone for the love and support during this difficult time.
AJOURNMENT: 1:30 PM