WIN Minutes 12-06-16

Nenana Wellness Coalition
December 6, 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 5 participants today: Bonnie Reed, Tim Horn, Kat McElroy, Natalie Chong, Virginia Young and Mary Alexander.
We enjoyed baked salmon with rice pilaf, 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: Virginia Young

SPIRITUAL MOMENT: was lead by Bonnie, with a short prayer.

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

MINUTES: Minutes generated last week were posted at the WIN link at and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list.

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: No new guests today .

Before we got started today we had a lively conversation regarding national politics, the 2017 election, our democratic process and the incoming administration, particularly in how to talk to young people about the contention and harsh rhetoric that has been expressed by candidates and supporters.

Envisioning Wellness: Natalie Chong is scheduled to do an Envisioning Wellness presentation at WIN December 20th. She explained that it will be an art activity using crayon resist with watercolors to explore our individual Webs of Support. She described doing this activity with the students at Nenana School as a means of their identifying and connecting to their support networks.
Tim will make flyers t post around town. Natalie will send her an image for the flyer and verbiage to advertise the activity.
As always, WIN seeks other community members who may be interested in doing a presentation for our group. Perhaps some of the new teachers now that they have had an opportunity to get settled into their new roles?

WELLNESS THOUGHT: “We are responsible for the condition of the Earth. We are the ones who are responsible and we can change that. If we wake up, it is possible to change the energy. It is possible to change everything.” Hunbatz Men, MAYAN

Natalie: Her K-8th graders made holiday greeting cards for sale; these will be available at the Coffee Hose in the Pit Saturday evening, five for $6.00.
The high school students will be having a lock-in this weekend at the school.
The concert tomorrow night has been cancelled.
The student newsletter team will have a field trip to Fairbanks next week to tour the Daily NewsMiner facility.
Next Friday, December 16th, will be the last day of school for winter vacation; early release that day, 1 PM. Teachers resume work January 4th, with students returning January 5th.
Natalie3’s sister will be coming to Nenana for a visit during the holidays.
Mary: There is a birthday party for Harriett Borst on Saturday, December 10th, at 11 AM, at the Senior Center. Bring finger foods, but not sweet stuff.
Hannah continues leading Yoga at Meda Lord, Wednesdays, 10 AM.
Virginia: Annalee Coy is spearheading the Angel Tree project; contact her at the school if you would like to donate gifts or food for Christmas boxes.
The Bazaar this weekend was kind of slow, maybe due to cold weather, but Virginia sold a lot of rhubarb/orange jam.
Nenana Native Council was closed last week so staff could attend the annual BIA trainings down in Anchorage. Virginia said this was really good for being able to see the Big Picture as they spend so much time chasing around after the little details.
Kat: Nenana Urban Farm is selling beef by the quarter at $5.25 a pound cut and wrapped, pork by the half at $4.75 per lb. David is delivering pigs to MidState Meats today fr processing. He is also selling a number of live hogs on the hoof to a man in Tok who will raise them for market.
Kat was talking to some of the other vendors at the bazaar this weekend about maybe next year going in together on a table or tables at the Carlson Center Holiday Market or the UAF Women’s Association Christmas Crafts Bazaar. She will do some research on costs and procedures.
The furnace at the City building is on its last legs. The offices at RMHA are fumy due to leaked fuel and it is cold in all the offices.
Bonnie: Thursday, December 8th, there will be a community pot luck luncheon at Noon at the Senior Center to honor the veterans. This will be pot luck.
The City Assembly meeting will be this Thursday, December 8th, at 6:30 PM, at the Senior Center.
Friday, December 9th, 7 PM, at the Civic Center is the Nativity.
Saturday, December 10th, will be the Coffee House in the Pit at the school. This is a fund-raiser. No cover charge but there will be drinks and snacks for sale. Lots of talent so come and participate as a performer or audience.
December 13th the school will host their annual Christmas community meal, starting in the cafeteria at 11 AM. (We will have WIN as usual at Noon at the LC but no meal will be served so be sure to eat at the school!)
Tribal Council elections will be held December 17th.
People wanting to sign up for the Christmas Gift Exchange at the tribal hall should contact Jeri at NNC.
Wednesday, December 21st will be the Christmas lunch at the Senior Center at Noon.
Caroling will be the evening of December 18th, starting around 6 PM, from the Senior Center. Participants will gather back at the Senior Center afterwards for cookies and hot chocolate.
Friday, December 23rd at 7PM, Santa Claus will be at the Civic Center to give presents to our youngsters.

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