Nenana Wellness Coalition


December 2, 2008

There were five in attendance today, including Bill & Rebecca Troxel, Bonnie Reed, Mike Anderson, Kat McElroy.

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 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, Rebecca Troxel

PRAYER: Was lead by Bill Troxel, followed by the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIENCE.


APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Kat has not completed the minutes but will post and send to the WIN e-list when they are completed.



Foster Parent Recruitment—Kat McElroy has had a series of phone calls from Ivory McDaniel regarding the need for foster parents in Nenana for possible placement of the Leahy children. The oldest will be returning from Anchorage and staying with the Brown family. Ivory knows that when the rest of the children become aware of this, they will want to be able to also return to Nenana. Kat has taken foster care application packets to the two people she knows would be willing to be considered for foster placement for the Leahy children. She encourages anyone else who is interested and willing tocontact Ivory in Fairbanks at 451-2650.

Envisioning Wellness: WIN at large. Tim is in communication with Kris Capps in Healy who is willing to be our December EW presenter. Kris will provide Tim with a photo and verbiage for the flyer.

Meeting Place Over Christmas Holidays: Various suggestions to date are: Nenana City Offices, Nenana Library, the Meda Lord Center. Discussion ensued regarding each. There are pros and cons for each. Mike mentioned that he will be available to keep the NSLC available for our use over the holiday if we would like.

WELLNESS THOUGHT: Everywhere you go, there you are. Anonymous


Rebecca stated that she has begun walking every night at the school around 6 P.M., contingent upon scheduling for other activities. Tae Kwan Doh is held M-W-F at 6 P.M. but the custodian, Skook, is willing to allow walkers. In return, Rebecca has promised to keep youth from wandering down the hallways.
There will be caroling the evening of December 21st: location unknown at this time.
There will be an Open House at the Troxel’s Christmas Eve beginning 4 P.M.

Bonnie: The Senior Bus will be leaving for the weekly trip for Fairbanks, Thurs., Dec. 4th, around 9 A.M.

Kat: Railbelt is gearing up for Operation Ho, Ho, Ho. Laura is compiling the recipient’s list and coordinating with Santa’s Clearing House in Fairbanks. It is our understanding that there will be an Angel Tree at the school, per usual. Railbelt is also preparing for their annual audit which is always a bit hectic.

Mike: Tuesday, December 9th will be the monthly community dinner at NSLC, 5 P.M. Thursday, Dec. 11th, Nenana School will host the annual Christmas lunch and Holiday Bazaar, beginning about 11 A.M. December 19-January 12th, NSLC will be closed.

Bill Troxel: Awana is averaging about 24 youth each week. They have an average of more adults per child than the school could ever hope to have. They have divided the kids into groups and each group has specific assigned adults to oversee activities.
Youth Group is & P.M., Fridays, at the Schubert’s.
Their church is authorizing purchase of a movie projector for movie nights.

Open floor for comments/questions/discussion:


Adjournment: 2 PM