WIN Minutes 5/29/2018

Nenana Wellness Coalition

May 29, 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.


This week we had Virginia Young, Bonnie Reed, Derek Ketzler, Michael Clifford, Joshua Verhagen, Amie Verhagen with their two boys and Magen Spencer. We enjoyed break casserole, cheese with crackers and assorted nuts.


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







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



Joshua Verhagen



Prevention Carnival – June 30, 2018 at the ballpark


Envisioning Wellness Amie Verhagen is willing to do another presentation. Amie is on the committee for the school about international storytelling where the students show their personal stories. The committee was thinking of showcasing the videos at the school during the fall time of 2018.


Joshua Verhagen may be able to get his old professor from last year to do a presentation on handling local issues locally opposed to have another entity from a foreign area to fix the problems. There is a new magistrate named Jeff Mate. Joshua talked to the new Nenana magistrate about the local issues and speaking to him about potentially implementing the “peacemaking” approach in rural areas.



WELLESS THOUGHT: “You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this things that we call “failure” is not the falling down, but the staying down.”

  • Mary Pickford





June 2, 2018 toghotelle meeting at the tribal hall

June 2, 2018 Nenana river daze yard sale 9am – 5pm.

June 3, 2018 is the River blessing at 10am at the area around the cultural center

June 13, 2018 is the Great Benjamin Circus.

May 29, a special meeting to pass some resolution about the fire department and a couple other things at 6:30 at the Rec Center multipurpose room

June 15, 2018 father day lunch at the senior center


Michael: Excited to be out of school and start soccer tomorrow in Fairbanks.


Joshua: Things have been overwhelming at the city. The financial situation is just too much for just one person to handle. Nenana is used to one executive authority but it’s not very effective and it not going to get Nenana out of the situation. There are 5 people on the council but they need 6 to fully run as a council. Rob Bennet, Lindy White, Joshua Verhagen and Kat McElroy. Roger retires Thursday, May 31, 2018, so they are looking for another person to run water and sewer. If the city does not hire someone within Thursday the city will shut down the water and sewer in Nenana. The city owes the Railroad over $300,000, the Railroad has not been paid since 2012. The city has the option to terminate the contract but everything from the railroad to the water will belong back to the railroad.


Virginia: Joshua is curious if the Farmers Market will be able to hold the farmers market outside near the highway. Nobody has applied for the Market Manager position through the Nenana Native Council. The position entails setting up, taking down, clean-up, advertising and collecting fees. This is a seasonal position.


Derek: No announcements


Magen: T-Ball/Baseball sign up Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 6:00pm at the baseball field. All ages welcome! Will go over introductions, scheduling and gear. Any questions contact Brianna Ketzler.




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