WIN Minutes 12-27-16

Nenana Wellness Coalition
December 27, 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, Kat McElroy, Briar McElroy-Ructi, Natalie Chong, Rosemary Allen, Magen Spencer, Derek Ketzler, Jeannie Bennett, Miles Martin and Tim Horn. We enjoyed Korean seafood stew with brown rice, Korean yellow curry with white rice, pickled turnips, kimchee, pickled salmon bellies, Ritz crackers, assorted sliced cheeses and mixed raisins and pecans for lunch.

WELCOME and READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson: Jeannie Bennett.

SPIRITUAL MOMENT: was lead by Tim, with a song: Blessed is the Place.

PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: There was one change to our agenda today.

MINUTES: Minutes generated last week were posted at the WIN link at and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list with no noted additions, addendums or corrections.

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS: Kat introduced Briar, who has attended WIN previously.


Nenana Health Fair 2017: The Fair will be held March 31st, at the school. Jeannie sent an email out this morning to the organizing task force to pick a day/time to begin regularly scheduled planning meetings. She needs Mindy’s email address. She has been in contact with the Blood Bank of Alaska in Fairbanks. They have a Blood Mobile and are now willing to visit smaller communities without needing to have so many pre-registered donors. We will not do blood donations at the Health Fair, however, as they do not like to take blood at the same time that people are already having blood draws conducted for lab work.
Domestic Violence: Tim brought in an article she found from the November 16th Fairbanks daily News-miner about a group exercise utilized by the Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living to help people understand the domestic violence cycle. Magen has contacted Jessica at the Nenana Native Council and has identified a second person who would make themselves available to attend the TCC three-part training on DV in January, March and May. They need a third person from our community to be part of this undertaking.

WELLNESS THOUGHT: on earth, we are spiritual beings seeking to understand a human existence. Every day presents us with new opportunities to see.

Natalie: After much thought has decided that she will not renew her contract another year, but shall be returning to the Portland area at the end of this school year to be closer to her parents and sister.
January 9-12th at NCPS, they are conducting a Theater Arts Camp for students ages 12-18. This will be in association with TCC and sponsored in conjunction with RMHA as part of their joint tobacco education/clean indoor air programs and will culminate in a Pit Performance January 12th at 7:30PM.
Kat: Has had a house full of teens with the grandkids and friends visiting from North Pole, it has been lively, and ukuleles were involved.
Briar: Thanks for the good food.
Rose: Will be hosting an Open House retirement party for Kat on Friday, 12-30-16, at Rose’s house at the end of Fourth Street, 3-7 PM.
Miles: Continues gathering information regarding various strategies for running the Cultural center this summer. They have looked at a couple of options: hiring a general manager to take over operations or leasing the enterprise to a private contractor. Miles primary concern is that the Cultural center will lose traction with Princess Tours if there are not changes implemented.
Magen: Will be taking over Kat’s duties at WIN. She is set to graduate the Rural Human Services certification program in April which will have her more than halfway to her Associate’s degree. Her practicum is going well; she is working with youth at the living center who have been involved in the Speak Up/Speak Out campaign. They are working on their community action plans.
Tim: Is happy to announce that everything seems to have gone well with her heart procedure. She has had a couple of small lapses into A-fib which her doctor told her is to be expected. She is hopeful of a full recovery.
The Nenana Book Club is reading Fiat’s Vase by Alison Gold and will meet January 2nd, 7:30 PM at Karen Harvey’s to discuss.
Bonnie: New Year’s Eve celebration at the tribal hall the evening of December 31st, with pot luck dinner, music and fireworks at midnight. (Rose interjects: Poker Tournament at Rose’s house that evening).
No time/date set for a funeral for Ken Fry. Our condolences to all the family members.
Jeannie: Harriett’s echo-cardiogram in Seattle went unexpectedly well. She will begin cardiac rehabilitation in Fairbanks when she recovers.

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