6/27/2017 Minutes


Nenana Wellness Coalition

June 27, 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

This week, we 12 participants: Rosemary Allen, Laura Hokenson, Derek Ketzler, Magen Spencer, Brianna Ketzler and her two boys, Shad and Brayden, Michael Clifford, Mary Alexander and her grandson Drew and his dog Frank. We enjoyed Chicken Alfredo, assorted nuts, and crackers with cheese.


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

Laura Hokenson


SPIRITUAL MOMENT: Rosemary Allen and Laura Hokenson



No Modifications



Envisioning Wellness was spoken by Laura and Magen. During the last meeting, we had 2 residents who would like to potentially do a presentation. Theresa Berry was interested in presenting about her painful journey and Joe Forness would be willing to teach CPR at a WIN meeting. There was talk about asking Suzanne and Jason, the mayor,  about presenting at a WIN meeting as well. The WIN participants would also like the local Village Police Officer to attend some meetings so we can get to know him. Andrea Dubenziki is coming down again July 18, 2017, she is the public health nurse that presented the Narcan kits to the community.


WELLNESS THOUGHT: “There is nothing noble about being superior to your fellow men: true nobility is being superior to your former self.”

–    Ernest Hemingway




Laura: Mid July through the first week of August she will be traveling down to the lower forty-eight. She is going down to see her in-laws and her family.

Derek: July 13, 2017, is the Community Safety Village Pride Meeting at the Native Council, unsure of the time.

July 23 – 28, 2017 is the Wellness and Cultural Camp in Old Minto. There is financial assistance to attend the camp, applications for assistance is due July 7, 2017.

The Native Council is looking for Tribal Court Judges! Please let Derek or one of the Nenana Native Council board members know if you or anyone else is interested.

Magen: No Updates

Brianna: She is currently looking for employment.

Bonnie: The Salmon Bake has vendors selling baked goods, homemade beads, locally made chopsticks, and an assorted variety of popcorn.

July 7 and 8 is Nenana Gospel Fest. The evening of July 7th will be the pulled board dinner at 5:30 pm. The festivities start at 1 pm, they hope to be outside. This is a free event, but they will happily accept donations.

July 9, 2017, there is a combined church service at 10 am.

The Saturday Market is in full swing. Starts at 10 am and end at 2 pm at the Civic Center.

Rosemary: It’s the end of the year at Railbelt Mental Health and Addictions. RMHA is working with ACS to provide better internet services.

Mary: Mary has her grandson and his dog Frankie for a couple weeks. The Neda Lord Center is doing well, they are welcoming new residents.







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