Cooking up camaraderie for Administrative Professionals Day

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A group of Laramie River Station employees united for a kitchen team building exercise during Administrative Professionals Day April 26: (from left) Hiedi Cochran, Shirley Niemczyk, Tonjia Brown, Dena Becket, JoAnn Hubbard, Kori Lower and Kathleen Case.

Team 2

These Laramie River Station employees made up a second cooking team on Administrative Professionals Day: (from left): Eileen Keck, Terri Seyfang, Pat Jeffries, Becky Kumpf, Reena McCoy and Billie Deschene.

For a group of employees at Laramie River Station, a team building exercise in April came with dinner and dessert. Laramie River, which Basin Electric operates and owns with five other entities, is located in Wheatland, WY.

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Laramie River Station employees prepare a meal at The Cooking Studio in Fort Collins, CO.

April 26 was Administrative Professionals Day, and administrative staff members from Laramie River were surprised with a trip to Fort Collins, CO, where they took part in a team building exercise.

It took place at The Cooking Studio, a local culinary hangout where amateur cooks can learn about whipping up gourmet food as a group.

Splitting into two teams, the ladies worked together to prepare a special dish: caramelized chicken, risotto and bruschetta, with gingered raspberry and pears. In the end, the teams were judged on overall presentation and taste.


Teamwork was the main theme of the day April 26.

The surprise outing helped build camaraderie among those who often work in different locations at Laramie River.

“We got to learn different things about each other,” says Hiedi Cochran, Laramie River administrative assistant I. “People we didn’t realize knew how to cook ended up being really good at it.”

The exercise helped the group learn about additional strengths they all had. It also brought them closer together.

“Even the women who work together every day, they learned something new about one another,” says Pat Jeffries, Laramie River administrative supervisor. She organized the trip, which was a hit. “It was pretty cool, and it took us out of our comfort zones.”

The group expressed interest in doing a similar exercise next year – with a slight twist.

“We’re interested in Date Night,” Cochran says, which is when The Cooking Studio invites both the employees and their spouses to cook a meal together.

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