WIN Minutes 2-28-2017

Nenana Wellness Coalition
February 28, 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 7 participants today at the meeting. There was Magen Spencer, Miles Martin, Natalie Chong, Bonnie Reed, Andrea Dubenezic, Jim Hotulla, and Maryellen Robinson. We all enjoyed chili, cheese, and crackers, and sorted nuts with raisins.

Natalie Chong
SPIRITUAL MOMENT was led by Bonnie Reed

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

Andrea Dubenezic


The health fair was briefly discussed, Andrea, from public health, was wanting to know more information on it. Natalie sent her an email that had all the information she had.

Choose Respect will be April 3, 2017. We gather all classes in the gym where there will be a short assembly and then afterward will be the march at 11:30 starting at the school. The Choose Respect committee got permission to use the tribal hall on April 3 for the potluck at 6:30. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to bring a dish to share. The Choose Respect group was wanting to get information from the students on who they feel are anchors in the community. Natalie brought up a great idea to see if someone could bead anchors on moose skin to present to anchors the students chose. It was also briefly discussed having a safe sign on household doors in case of an emergency, someone could see that this is safe home, and someone could go there to get help.

WELLNESS THOUGHT: It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

Miles: Miles and Irene recently got back from Arizona. They are hard at work starting to plant little seedlings. Miles is excited for the farmers market this summer, he said, that there were some hot items that sold really well, like, cucumbers, rhubarb, flower, etc. There was some talk about having the garden behind the living center and using it provide fresh food for the LC students.

Jim: Jim and his wife went to Mexico recently and had a blast with his family. He has been working on his snow machining and making sure everything is going well. He says everything at the living center seems to be going fairly smooth.

Andrea: Andrea spoke about how things are with the state, health-wise. Governor Walker announced a Disaster of Declaration for opioid use in Alaska. They are trying to dispense Narcan to help save people’s lives. They will be hosting different community meetings with more resources. The flu is on the spike! The months of March to April are the peak of flu season in Alaska, so everyone wash your hands!

Maryellen: Kicks Butts Day is Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at the school. People In Need of Knowledge (PINK) will be going to elementary classes to play games, and then afterward will be playing games with junior high and high school. Some youth will be attending a youth leadership conference in Anchorage later this month. Then Maryellen is off to Texas for a training.

March 3rd and 4th will be basketball games in Nenana against the Matsu Rams

March 4th will be the Coffee House Performance Night in the school at the pit

March 4th and 5th will be Tripod Weekend at the Civic Center

March 7th and 8th is the science fair for the school

March 8th is the school board meeting at 6:30 at the school

March 9th is the City Council meeting at 6:30 in the Senior Center

March 24th will be the freecycle at the Civic Center at 5:30

Adjournment: 1:15pm

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