WIN Minutes 4/24/2018

Nenana Wellness Coalition

April 24, 2018


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.




SPIRITUAL MOMENT was led by Derrick Ketzler




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


INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS:  We had 7 members in attendance: Hannah Filardy, Ron Gherman, Bonnie Reed, Virginia Young, Laura Hokenson, Derrick Ketzler, & Magen Spencer




Chuck Hungy – Cynthia Erickson’s Suicide Prevention Activities – Cynthia Erickson is a woman from Tanana who about 10 years ago after the town had been hit hard by a couple dramatic suicides, got a group of kids in Tanana together to work on suicide prevention. Although many places do things after a suicide in the community, Cynthia was successful in getting the kids to be involved and they are the real drivers behind the suicide prevention group. The group focused on the kids and their stories. They have two really great speakers – extremely intelligent, well spoken youth and they travel and speak in different communities. They have a big suicide prevention event coming up in June in Fairbanks, and they’ll be down river this summer, with the help of the Police boat, and will stop in each community and do presentations.


Derrick Ketlzer – Although not representing the Fire Department Board, gave an update on current state of affairs with Nenana Fire Department. There is technically two fire departments in Nenana – The City of Nenana fire department whose chief and only employee is Joe Forness, and the Nenana Volunteer Fire Department which is a non-profit agency whose chief is also Joe Forness, but has other volunteers. The City Council and Nenana Volunteer fire department board will be meeting sometime soon to discuss the future of the fire department. The meeting has not been set yet, but it will be a community meeting so will be posted. The main thing Derrick wanted to stress was that going forward the Nenana Fire Department will need a lot of community support, both with volunteers and donations.


It was mentioned that in following up from what WIN discussed last week in regards to what we could do as a group of citizens to support the city – possibly hosting an informative meeting where information could be given and questions answered in regards to Fire Department after they have their meeting with the city council would be a good.


Ron Gherman: Friday there is an assembly from 11-12 pm by a group of students from Fairbanks, led by teacher Todd Schlumbohm who will present on suicide prevention to grades 7-12th.


WELLNESS THOUGHT: “Worrying is like a rocking chair. it gives you something to do,but it gets you nowhere.” – Glenn Turner




Hannah Filardy: On the 28th will take 14 kids to the out of the darkness walk in Fairbanks which is to raise awareness on suicide and suicide prevention – you can donate to the cause on the NCPS site. They will take 11 kids toNYO in Anchorage; leave Wednesday the 25th will be gone 26th-29th. Believe NYO will be live streaming the coverage.  Last coffee house is May 5th 7-9pm.


Laura Hokenson: May 3rd is activity night at the Nenana Head Start @ 4:30pm – potluck


Magen Spencer: Tribal TFYS & TWDS will be at WIN next week, May 1st for an envisioning wellness. They will introduce themselves and talk about their positions at the Tribe.  Laura, Rose, and Magen will be gone for training May 7-9th, so no one from Railbelt will be available to cook for WIN that day. May 2nd is School Board Meeting; May 20th is high school graduation; May 3rd is exhibitions of learning at the school from 5:30-7pm; May 4th is WACO in the gym; May 16th spring concert; May 18th annual awards ceremony and clean-up day; May 24th early release.


Virginia Young: None


Ron: Going to do earthquake drill. Good information on that at the “Great Alaska Shake Out” website if agencies are interested.


Chuck: was in Kenai doing the alternative to violence program in the prison down there, which is a program to help recidivism rates.


Bonnie Reed: Ice watch picnic April 30th.


Derrick Ketzler: Enjoying his combat class with Krav Maga fitness in Fairbanks


Adjournment: 1:30pm


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