WIN Minutes 05/09/2017

Nenana Wellness Coalition


May 9, 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:  Virginia Young started the meeting at 12:30pm. For lunch we enjoyed hoagie sandwiches, potato salad, chips, cheese and crackers and nuts and raisins.

There were 7 coalition members in attendance:  Bonnie Reed, Harriet Borst, Laura Hokenson, Miles Martin, Jeannie Bennett, Virginia Young, and Mary Alexander


SPIRITUAL MOMENT: Lead by Jeannie Bennett



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





WELLNESS THOUGHT:  Childhood means simplicity. Look at the world with the child’s eye – it is very beautiful.

–          Kailash Satyarthi



Bonnie Reed: No real meeting last week, but those who came had a good conversation. The new director of KIAM Mike Arena was there and might be a good person to come present to WIN. Nenana City Assembly meeting this Thursday the 11th; prior to meeting Board of Equalization to start at 5:30pm, meeting directly after. There are two assembly seats open. Last meeting there was no quorum, but there was a Q and A session with the Mayor Jason Mayrand. It was reported that there are several leeks being fixed around town. There will be mother’s day lunch at the Senior Center Friday the 12th @ noon; Tae Kwon Do tournament May 13th @ 10am in the school gym; Senior Board Meeting May 15th @ 5:30pm; k-12th spring concert May 17th @ 6:30pm in gym; May 12th GVEA Siberian crap apple tree give-a-way at local offices after 10am; May 18th 8th grade graduation in pit @ 2pm; may 19th clean-up day, community picnic, and fun sun run; Senior graduation May 21st; may 23rd kindergarten graduation in gym time TBD; Nenana Native Council meeting May 23rd @ 6:30pm in conference room; annual Ice Classic meeting and officer election may 23rd @ 6pm; last day of school May 24th; Memorial Day picnic on hill will be held on Memorial day this year May 29th @ 2pm; Food Bank box pick-up May 31st at noon; and Saturday market starts May 20th 10-2pm.

Harriet Borst: Leaving on May 21st to Oregon to live with her daughter. She reports her daughters getting the house prepared for her arrival. She loves to read and study so one thing she’s looking forward to is possibly going back to school. She will miss everyone very much and everyone will miss her! Meda Lord will not be the same without her. There will be a farewell open house for Harriet on May 20th form 1-3pm @??? (Contact Jeannie Bennett for details). Safe travels Harriet! You will be missed!

Miles Martin: Cultural center open, all cleaned up and ready to go; first bus came through on Sunday. Most of the inventory is out and displayed. Focus on local crafts.

Mary Alexander: Renovations for 3 apartments complete at the Meda Lord; lots of dust and dirt but things are going good. Phlight club was really nice, kids really enjoyed it and she enjoyed watching the kids. If you see Natalie remember to thank her for all she does!

Jeannie Bennett: Community yard sale June 3rd 9-5pm – so far there’s about 6 people signed up. Will be located in the lot between Coghill’s and the Civic Center. Encourage anyone who wants to fundraise or set up, for example, a food booth to come and take part. Make a fun day out of it. The cost is $10 for a spot. Gospel Fest is July 7th and 8th and there are 10 groups this year. Advertise with local churches and along the highway, but not sure where else to advertise? Pam Samash said she would do a write up for the paper, but if anyone wants to volunteer to take flyers around to businesses in Fairbanks or has any ideas on places where it would be good to advertise let Jeannie know.

Virginia Young: Saturday marker starts May 20th @ 10am; has tomato plants started for $4 each and some other vegetable starts to sale. Sophie McMannus is having an Indian taco fundraiser tonight May 9th at the rec center @ 5pm; raising funds to go on an upcoming trip. Started working out at the farm. Had a soil test last year and low on everything – put down a lot of fertilizer and pre-emergent. She is expecting a lot more blooms this year. She has a refrigerator for sale is any one is interested. The manager of the farmers market this year is Gavin (last name?). Only two weeks of yoga left before it ends for the summer.

Laura Hokenson: Had a great visit with her Mother in law last week. Max turned two years old and had a lot of fun with his Omi. She has a couple training courses starting up for the summer so should be busy.


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