WIN Minutes 11–29-16

Nenana Wellness Coalition
November 29, 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 7 participants today: Bonnie Reed, Tim Horn, David Poppe, Laura Hokenson, Kat McElroy, and Miles Martin. Gayle Ramey joined us shortly.
We enjoyed baked pork tamale pie, carrot, apple, pineapple and raisin salad, Ritz crackers with sliced cheese and mixed raisins & pecans for lunch.

WELCOME and READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson: Tim Horn

SPIRITUAL MOMENT: was lead by Kat, who read aloud our Wellness Thought.

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

MINUTES: Minutes generated last week were posted at the WIN link at and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list. Last week, apparently, Kat massacred Bobby Justin’s name and will correct it today when she posts the minutes.

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: No new guests today .


Nenana Health Fair 2017: Laura is the co-chair of the planning committee for our next health fair to be held in March. She has initiated the paperwork process to request funding from Sam’s Club in Fairbanks; she asked for $1,500.00 to help defray expenses. We will not have another planning meeting until after the new year due to Jeannie’s travel and the busyness of the holiday season.
WIN Transition : Tim requested we discuss transition plans for WIN in light of Kat’s imminent retirement. Kat plans to continue attending WIN meetings periodically, she says. Meanwhile, it has been discussed at Railbelt as RMHA utilizes the wellness meetings as part of their community planning process. Magen Spencer will make herself available to fulfill some of the functions Kat has played for our group. Rose Allen, Maryellen Robinson and Laura Hokenson have also committed to rotationally pitch in to help with meals, generate minutes, make agendas, etc. Kat’s last WIN minute representing RMHA will be December 27th.

WELLNESS THOUGHT: The heart is the gateway to the Unseen World, to the Spirit World. It takes real concentration to do this. To connect to our own heart is also a mental state. It starts in the head and transitions to the heart. This mental state is our inner stillness. Be still and know. This place of the heart is very joyous and peaceful. It is this place that we become one with God, our Creator.
Great Spirit, teach me to be a heart warrior.

Laura: is in the process of completing the final class for her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. If she enrolls within five years for in The Master’s program at UAF she will qualify for Advance Placement which would allow her to complete the MSW program in a year. She is contemplating enrolling next January, taking a couple of semesters off first. Max is working on developing his immune system.
Miles: Has questions about the speed of his internet connection. He wonders if his computer has picked up a virus or malware; it is very slow when he is online, but back up to speed when he is offline. BBN is his provider. Laura had some suggestions about submitting a Fix It Ticket with BBN to check out the issue next time their tech is in town. She also said she uses Computer Works on Van Horn in Fairbanks trouble shoot/fix computer systems. Kat said she mentioned our internet issues to John Coghill when they bumped into him at the airport two weeks ago; he said he would make some phone calls to find out about the DSL line and why use of the fiber optic cable GCI put through our community is limited to use by the school.
Food Boxes will be delivered tomorrow at Noon to the Senior Center; people in need of food assistance may do so there/then.
Kat: Noticed that Nenana City Public School got a nice Kris Capps write-up in the News Miner about the four page full-color monthly newsletter the younger students at NCPS have been putting out under the direction of Natalie Chong. Way to go, Kiddos!!!
David: He has been bedding the pigs down deeply with bedding hay during this cold snap. The cows are going through about 15 bales of hay a day.
Hannah came in with flyers for the next Coffee House; Miles and Bonnie took some to post. Next coffee House is scheduled for December 10th, 7 PM, in the Pit.
Tim: Knows that people are having a lot of strong feelings about the political situation and no one knows for sure what is going to happen. She thinks it would be good to have conversations about race in America, to explore some of these difficult issues. This engendered a flurry of conversation. There are many dynamics that drive the race issue in our nation.
The Nenana Book Club will next meet Monday, December 5th, 7 PM< to discuss My Antonia, by Willa Cather.
On December 20th, Natalie Chong will be doing an Envisioning Wellness presentation, topic to be determined.
Tim thinks we should prepare to do another musical performance for the next Coffee House. She suggests Bob Dylan’s Blowing In The Wind.
Bonnie: The Book Fair continues at Nenana City Public School.
Wednesday, November 30th, the kids will have their annual Christmas performance, 6:30 PM, in the Pit.
The Senior’s Holiday Bazaar will be this weekend at the Civic center, 10AM-5PM on Saturday and 10AM-4PM on Sunday.
December 8th there will be a pot luck lunch honoring our Veterans at the Senior Center.
December 9th will be the annual Nativity at the Civic center, 7 PM, with light refreshments. Everyone in the community is invited to attend.
December 13th is the community Christmas lunch at the school, starting at 11 AM.


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