WIN Minutes 1-10-17

Nenana Wellness Coalition


January 10, 2017

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.


WELCOME and READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson:  Laura Hokenson started the meeting at 12:20 after a lunch of shepherd’s pie, salad, cheese and crackers and nuts and raisins.

There were 12 coalition members in attendance:  Mary Alexander, Bonnie Reed, Natalie Chong, Laura Hokenson, Virginia Young, Maryellen Robinson, Frank Yaska, and Rosemary Allen


SPIRITUAL MOMENT: Bonnie Reed said a prayer to start the meeting


PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS: Maryellen Robinson would like to add WIN procedure for bringing lunches and keeping minutes for meeting.

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


INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS:  Maryellen introduced Frank Yaska, Tobacco Prevention Specialist, who works for Tanana Chiefs Conference and is in Nenana to hold a theater camp where he will direct a play he has written. Frank is in Nenana to produce a short 10-15 minute play with the Nenana School youth ages 12-18 about “Big Tobacco.”  The group is rehearsing Mon-Wed with the performance Thursday at 7:30 in the PIT at Nenana City Public School. Maryellen and Frank work together on the I Act Free regional tobacco coalition.


SPEAKERS/TOPICS:  Recycling in Nenana-Tim Horn– Tim was not at the WIN meeting today but we will keep the topic of recycling on the agenda until we fully explore the options for recycling in Nenana.


WIN procedure for meetings– Maryellen had questions about who would be responsible for the coordination of the WIN meetings since Kat has retired. Discussion centered on responsibilities for providing lunch, keeping minutes, and making the agenda.  Maryellen brought up that in the past responsibilities were shared by all members of WIN and that it may not be possible for Railbelt to provide lunch for WIN meetings every week due to budget cuts. Kat had typically been providing lunch on her own with only occasional funds from Railbelt. Laura mention that we have money in our budget that will allow us to provide lunches at least through the end of this year (June 30). The group was in favor of sharing the responsibilities for lunch if necessary and Rosemary volunteered to accept any donations of food for lunches for the group. Megan Spencer has agreed to be point person for making copies of agenda and taking minutes and providing or making sure a lunch is provided for the meetings. When she is not available she will make sure someone else will take over those duties. All WIN members at this meeting are willing to help in ensuring the meetings continue as they have for the past many years. Lunch on the 31st will be provided by Natalie’s sister Hannah who will be visiting on that day.




WELLNESS THOUGHT:  The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. –Helen Keller



UPDATES/ANNOUNCEMENTS: Rosemary Allen -gave an update on Railbelt Mental Health and the impacts that decreased funding may have on our services, and how they are managing these decreases.

Mary Alexander – No updates

Virginia Young – She has been working on end of the payroll for the year at the school district. She commented on how the government improved   the online reporting for payroll taxes making it quicker and easy.

Bonnie Reed: January 12th the Nenana City Assembly meets

January 14-16 Nenana vs. Point Hope basketball

January 16- Martin Luther King’s day government offices closed

January 16 – Scheduled Senior board meeting

January 19 – Village Pride and Safety meeting, Tribal Hall 6:30pm

January 25 – Doyon drilling at tribal hall to talk about progress time unknown

January 27-28 Nenana vs. Cordova basketball

January 30- Ft Wainwright at tribal hall at noon unsure about why.

Natalie Chong: Commented on the response to the gifts the children at the Living Center received for Christmas “like wow” the gifts were much appreciated. She would like to see more kids from the Living Center included in the annual Christmas giving program.

The school newsletter will be out a bit later , by the last Friday of the month.

Natalie volunteered her sister Hannah to cook for WIN during her visit on the 31rst of January.

Frank Yaska – Pushing kids in rehearsal pretty hard to be ready by Thursday’s performance.

Maryellen – Lena is planning the youth tract for Alaska Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA) for April 27-28.  The I Act free meetings are the first Friday of each month at the TCC conference room in Fairbanks. All are welcome to become involve. Lunch is served and if you can’t make it in person you are welcome to attend by phone. If anyone is interested let Maryellen know and she will help you access these meetings.

Laura – No updates.

ADJOURNMENT:  We adjourned at 1:30

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