WIN Minutes 01-03-2017


Nenana Wellness Coalition


January 03, 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.

We had 11 participants today: Miles Martin, Rosemary Allen, Bonnie Reed, Magen Spencer, Derek Ketzler, Jeanne Bennet, Laura Hokenson, Harriet Fraizer, Virginia Young, Tim Horn, and Mary Alexander. We enjoyed baked penne pasta, green salad, and cheese with ritz crackers.

WELCOME and READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson:  Jeanne Bennet

SPIRITUAL MOMENT: was led by Laura with Rosemary joining

PRESENTATION OF AGENDA AND CALL FOR MODIFICATIONS:  There were no items added to the agenda
MINUTES: The minutes generated last week were posted at the WIN link at and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list. There were no modifications.

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS:  No new guests this week.



The Elder Mentor Program was presented by Magen. The Elder Mentor Program hires low income elders to work closely with children in preschool through 12th grade. The program pays stipends to elders for food and travel. When elders participate in this program is does not affect with any benefits the elders may be receiving. The program is income based. For more information go to

WELLNESS THOUGHT: Let us be about setting high standards for life, love, creativity, and wisdom. If our expectations in these areas are low, we are not likely to experience wellness. Setting high standards makes every day and every decade worth looking forward to.

-Greg Anderson


Miles: It’s been a difficult journey talking to the responsible people about the future of the cultural center. He feels if either we had a good manager who has control, that would solve multiple problems or if we could lease the building out to some other company. He is afraid that Princess tour company will start sending half the busses they normally have in the past because of their bad experiences. He leaves for Tuscon Arizona very soon for the next 5 weeks and is worried that he will not be able to communicate with the correct individuals before he leaves.

Rosemary: Kats retirement party was a success! Kat received lots of love, support and good food. Laura drove all the way from Fairbanks on a stormy afternoon to bring down Kats retirement cake.

Derek: Tribal Council is hiring a Tribal Work Force Development Specialist I, the position is part time, 20 hours a week and will be doing some case managing for individuals in the community who would like to get a job, some training, as well as help getting assistance. The positon is posted around the community. Rondell Jimmie’s old job through IGAP will not be filled, however, they will be hiring an assistant to finish up the recyclables at the Native Council.  There is much concern about the future of recycling in Nenana. Many people feel very strongly about it, and would like to colaborate ideas on how to sustain recycling in our town.

Magen: Domestic Violence Prevention Training is a go. So she and one other individual will be attending the training up in Fairbanks January 25-27. If there is still one other potential person who is interested, contact Jessica Shaw at 907 832-5461.

Laura: Her family had a great Christmas, Max, her son, had a blast. She is still working on getting donations for the health fair.

Tim: Nenana book club is reading a historically accurate romance novel. The next meeting will be February 6, 2017. Kids Kraft will be January 11, 2017 at the library, hosted by Karen Harvey. Craft items and snacks are provided. Drama camp is January 9- 11, and the final performance is Thursday the 12. The performance will be about tobacco prevention. School Board Meeting will be Wednesday, January 4, 2017. Tim asks if we can put recycling on next week agenda to further discuss ideas.

Bonnie: The Senior Center had a fantastic Christmas party, with an abundant amount of gifts, food and a good time.  The city assembly meeting is January 12, 2017. There is a home basketball games January 13 and 14. Martin Luther King Day is January 16, 2017, Railbelt, City Office, and Post Office will be closed. Another home basketball game January 27 and 28 against Cordova. There was a beautiful memorial held for Laura Withrow. Still haven’t heard of any arrangement made for Ken Frye.

Virginia: Virginia spent Christmas with her family in Anchorage, they had 3 birthday in the course of the holidays! When coming back New Year’s day, the airplanes were fogged in, so she ended up leaving much later than expected. When she came home there was multiple feet of snow in front of her house, she spent a good amount of time shoveling.

Harriet: After her surgery, she can finally breathe! There has only been a couple times where she has been out of breathe. She is doing much better and eventually will start yoga again.

Jeanne: Health fair meeting Wednesday January 4, 2017 at her place at 10am.

Mary: Had a great time at the New Year’s Eve party with everybody. It was great to see everyone dancing and moving around, she states. Yoga should be starting up again, but not sure exactly when, however, it will take place on Wednesday.



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