WIN Minutes 4/11/2017

Nenana Wellness Coalition


April 11, 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:  Rosemary Allen started the meeting at 12:20. We enjoyed a lunch of chicken divan, clementine oranges, cheese and crackers and nuts and raisins.

There were 9 coalition members in attendance:  Bonnie Reed, Natalie Chong, Laura Hokenson, Miles Martin, Maryellen Robinson, Virginia Young, Mary Alexander, Jim Hautala, and Rosemary Allen


SPIRITUAL MOMENT: Virginia Young said a prayer to start the 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:  There are no guests this meeting.


SPEAKERS/TOPICS:  Lip sync battle for 5h-12th grade:  Maryellen is working on this year’s lip sync battle which raises awareness and provides education on e-cigarettes. Individual students or groups of students choose a song to lip sync and win prizes. She will be collaborating with Mindy Jacobson again this year. There is a tentative date of May 22nd; sometime in the week after graduation. The use of e-cigs has increased among youth from 4% to 17% in the last three years!  Currently there is legislation looking at the age of e-cig usage and work being done around the regulation on e-cigs such as correctly labeling nicotine content and making it illegal to make false claims, for example that it’s safer than cigarettes and is just “water vapor” when there is not actual water in the product, only chemicals.  


Health Fair: Natalie asked if there had been any feedback on the health fair. Laura reported none that she had heard yet, but that she purposed a follow up meeting with Jeannie and Tim to discuss health fair and would report next week. Miles mentioned one of the vendors might want to speak at WIN in regards to possibly making narcan (or similar product he wasn’t sure) available to agencies in town who know people who could benefit from it.


WELLNESS THOUGHT:  Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

  • Theodore Roosevelt                                                  


Natalie Chong: Phlight camp is set for May 5th @ 5pm until Saturday morning (however you do not HAVE to spend the night to participate). There will be 2 hours at the end of the school day devoted to phlight camp (noon – 2) then a break for people to go home and get their things and come back by 5pm. It will start with a family dinner of taco salad from 5-6pm. Natalie reported that they have permission from Nancy Frye to use the vacant lot across from school to have camp fires, make s’mores, roast hot dogs, and sing camp songs with Tim Horn and Nancy Jones lending a hand with the guitar playing. Other activities on the agenda include GEO cashing (using GPS to locate “treasures”), possible yogurt making, and playing lots of games! The applications have gone out today with the students and are located at various locations around town. This is a community event and all participating students will have an anchor (adult) that attends with them. Phlight club is about building students’ web of support, so not only will they connect with their own anchor but with others in the community. They have also invited people outside of Nenana. Natalie hopes everyone can come. It’s a lot of fun and not only for the kids, for the adults too!

Maryellen Robinson: Busy looking at year end stuff. She continues to attend the I ACT free meetings that take place the first Friday of every month at TCC offices in Fairbanks and anyone can attend. She will be taking 7 kids to the ATCA summit, working on various schools track and field events, and getting ready for the Prevention Carnival that takes place in June at the ball fields in Nenana. Tentative date is June 24th. Bonnie Reed and others in attendance commented on how fantastic that event always is. Maryellen also reported on Senate Bill 63 for smoke Free State currently being looked at if anyone was interested in reading it. Maryellen has also been accepted to a Masters in Social Work Advance Placement Program through UAA (Yay and congratulations!) and will start this May. Lena Robinson will be receiving a silver medallion for community service at 9am in the school gym this Friday the 14th and will travel to DC in three weeks because of this honor.

Miles Martin: Easter gathering Saturday the 15th at the Library, will have a piñata and stories. Cultural Center looks like it’s going to get going. There seems to be a new enthusiasm for this year and it’s looking for a few youth workers. The City office is already accepting things to sale at the Cultural Center this summer; both on consignment and buying outright. The center will open Memorial weekend.

Mary Alexander: Band went to Minto for Spring Carnival. The drive was beautiful and was a really nice gathering. There were also men and women basketball tournaments going on at the same time so a lot of people in town; everyone enjoyed the band! Currently they’re rehabbing 4 apartments at the Meda Lord Senior Center, should take about a month. Starting to get ready for the garden at the Living Center. There will be 2 youth positions this summer to help out with garden and depending maybe participate in the farmers market. Planted a few starts, but won’t be as much as last summer. Busy babysitting every other week out of town.

Bonnie Reed: Easter senior meal Friday and no meal the following Monday the 17th. Assembly meeting April 13th.

Rosemary Allen: After last week’s discussion talked to the city office about coming to WIN and presenting to the group about certain aspects of policy and procedures ex. action plans, emergency response; what each agency does and can provide. Working on a calendar for the summer for WIN presentations from community organizations.

Virginia Young: Henry’s original owner came looking for him and was hoping he could be returned to her, so Henry went back to live at her house. Village Pride and Safety meeting this Friday the 14th at 6pm at Tribal Hall; Easter party at 2pm this Sunday the 16th at the Tribal Hall. The Tribe still has seeds left, mostly turnips, green beans, and snap peas. The last coffee house is 7pm April 15th. Yoga tomorrow at the Meda Lord at 10am.

Laura Hokenson: No update  

Jim Hautala: Reported that Jesse Holmes won the Kobuk 400 and that he’s busy working his property out the road.

          ADJOURNMENT:  We adjourned at 1:21pm

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