March 21, 2024
Meeting Summary
Presiding: Randi Downham
Meeting Room setup/takedown and general problem solving: Tom Mangan & Team
Professor’s Quote: Ollie Walter
Foundation Flash:
Introduction of Guests:
Guests: John Bard introduced his wife, Karen
Visiting Rotarians: Jim Wilkinson
Junior Rotarians/RYLA/Young RYLA/Exchange Students: Taylor, Mari
Rotaract/Interact Students:
Foundation Drawing: The Club won $10 with $901 in the jackpot.
O’Dwyers Drawing: Jaime Stine
  • Don’t forget to volunteer to work the greeting table!
  • Randi Downham noted that February attendance was 40.24 percent. We are one away from our membership goal of 84 members.
  • Murray Schroeder asked if anyone had topics for a county commissioner presentation.
Upcoming Programs:
  • April 4: Pilot Hill Trailhead Complex, Sarah Brown Mathews
  • April 11: Rotary District 5440 International Scholar, Emma Cook
Rotarian of the Week: Jan Lawrence nominated Ron Van Ekeren for giving her a song book.
Rotarian of the Month: Tom Mangan
Special Presentation: President Randi thanked Dave Hansen for a donation to the Club Foundation.
Tom Mangan received his Paul Harris Fellow +6 pin.
Songs: Bicycle Built for Two; Bill Bailey
Program: Hosting Restaurateur Guy Fieri, Kerri Smith with Alibi
Introduction: Kelly Neville
Kerri told the club about her two Food Network experiences. The first was Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives with Guy Fieri. He came to Laramie and did six locations.
In October 2021, the Alibi submitted two recipes, the Reuban sandwich and the brisket pizza. The crew came the Monday after Thanksgiving. All parts of the recipes had to be prepped for easy filming.
Guy Fieri did the six locations across two days, and then the production team remained for a week at the Alibi. The show aired in April 2022.  Kerri was able to select 10 people to be customers on the day of filming.
The Laramie restaurants on Triple D did see an uptick and have had many followers come in.
Kerri also competed in Grocery Games out in California. She had to submit a profile, pictures and be available to go to the shooting site. She was the third show filmed in one day. It was fun and a good experience. Her show aired in June 2022.
Kerri competed against two other opponents on a pizza show. The first challenge was a signature pizza and she made the brisket pizza. Then the second challenge was to spin a wheel for ingredients that had to be on a pizza.
Kerri and Ethan trained at the San Francisco Baking Institute. She is mostly self-taught, and this is where the sourdough bread and dough came in.
The Alibi has gone through a massive remodel over the last several years from a drive-up liquor store to a full-service bar and restaurant.
The restaurant also has a selection of breads, pastries, and desserts.
Response: Justin Christenson
Response: The Rotary Club of Laramie will make a donation to the public library children’s book fund in the speaker’s name.
NOTE: We Do Not Donate a Book!
Rotary 4-way test
Of the things we think, say, or do:
•Is it the Truth?
•Is it Fair?
•Will it build Good Will and
  Better Friendships?
•Will it be Beneficial to All    
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
•FIRST. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
•SECOND. High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
•THIRD. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;
•FOURTH. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
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