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2012 Lenten Fish Fry Season Makes Historic Start

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

The plans were laid, the truckloads of food on order, the equipment made ready, and the workers were signed up for their shifts on Wednesday when the word came down that presidential hopeful Rick Santorum was planning to visit the St. William Dads’  Club Fish Fry on Friday night.  The news increased the excitement which surrounds the event which most of us anticipate almost as much as opening presents on Christmas morning.    The former Pennsylvania senator and Republican presidential candidate greeted nearly 1,000 people at the St. William Dads’ Club 24th annual Lenten fish fry.   “I love the smell of fish on a Friday night,” Santorum told the crowd, saying he appreciates the respect it showed to the tradition of fish fries.  Santorum spoke for about a minute, then walked around theSt. William Activity Center and visited the kitchen, greeting fans and taking several photographs. He also signed dozens of signatures on books, paper, body parts and clothing.

In addition to feeding a presidential candidate and hosting dozens of reporters and photographers from local and national television, radio, and newspaper media, the opening night of the 24th annual Lenten Fish Fry also earned noteworthiness as 1,105 dinners were served eclipsing the record nights recorded last year.  Fish fry chairman, Dennis Goebel was pleased with the results and (pleasantly) surprised  as always that the volunteer staff can continue to serve record numbers of delicious meals.

Kari Ziegler has captured the typical excitement of our Fish Fry as well as some of the added spectacle which Rick Santorum brought to the event:


Fast Tube by Casper

More Fish Fry links:

2012 Fish Fry Menu

The Detroit News (2/24/12)

Detroit New Article (2/25/12)

Boston Herald (2/25/12)

Conservatives for Congress (2/24/12)



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23rd Annual Lenten Fish Fry Begins with 3 Record Weeks.

Saturday, March 26th, 2011

A huge thank you to all that have made this year’s Fish Fry a phenomenal success. As you may have heard, the first dinner of the season set a new record of 983 dinners. As you may also have heard, the second week was very successful as well (even better than the first), but due to a computer issue we do not have an official count.

But the the computers were working overtime last night as we hit an all-time new record of 1,049 dinners sold!!!!!

We could not have done it with the countless numbers of adult and kid volunteers – headed up by Fish Fry Director Dennis Goebel!

 

Congratulations one and all!

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St William Dads’ Club Lenten Fish Fry

Friday, March 11th, 2011

St. William Dads’ Club
23rd Annual Lenten Fish Fry
Oakland County’s Largest
“All-You-Can-Eat”
Lenten Fish Fry

Now accepting MasterCard and Visa


It’s the event you’ve been waiting for.  No more second rate fish from some full time restaurant.  Come join the fellowship, enjoy some expertly prepared fish, and be served by the absolute best waiters and waitresses to be found anywhere.

Now offering Baked Salmon, Baked Cod, Salad Bar,  Fried Shrimp, and Kids Meals

Mark your calendars!!
Friday, March 11, March 18, March 25, April 1, April 8, April 15, & April 22, 2011
4:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm
Early Bird Senior Special 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Try our “Express Carry-out” (no waiting) or   our Dine-In Service

Check out our 2011 Dine-In & Carry-Out Menu

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Fish Fry Workers!

Monday, February 15th, 2010

The first Fish Fry of the 2010 season is this Friday, February 19th!

As always, we are looking for kids 3rd grade and up to work – it is a lot of fun and a great service opportunity!  Ultimately, this is for the kids – and the kids are what makes this so special.

This is how it works:

     - 3rd and 4th graders – they help the adults set and re-set the tables and bus the dirty tables

     – 5th and 6th graders – they are our servers

     – 7th and 8th graders – they are our hosts and hostesses and beverage servers

     – High schoolers  – various kitchen and/or floor duties, carry out (we will sign off on service hours!)

     – Adults – we need help supervising the floor, working in the kitchen, cleaning up at the end

Once again, the sainted Dennis Goebel is in charge of the entire Fish Fry.  He can be found in the kitchen every Friday afternoon, evening and night.

This year, the primary floor supervisors will be Scott Ziegler, Randy Rice, and Tom Rudofski.  You can find at least one or two of them will be there every Friday night.  See one of the floor supervisors at the host stand to check your kids in.

Kids can work either shift, and if they are really good workers, possibly both – but most kids do run out of steam at some point.

First shift is from 3:30 to 6:30, Second Shift is from 5:30 to 8:30 (these are really just guidelines – we realize not everyone can come and go according to this schedule).  The Fish Fry runs from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

All kids must be willing to work, must be walked in by a parent to sign in, and will be given a worker meal.  We would be more than happy for them to sit with their family when they arrive to eat.  If they are just eating with the other kids, we just ask that they do so when it is slower (the busiest time is generally 5:30 to 7:00)

Parents of kids that are misbehaving or kids that are not signed in will be asked to pick up their children. 

This year the kids will be wearing color coded (by job) aprons that must be turned in every night to be laundered for the next week.  They will get their share of the tips when they turn in the aprons.

Please understand that from time to time we may have experienced workers help up or down a level to get the job done.  We also select older kids to man the pop station.  All this is at the discretion of the adults in charge!

Any questions?  Call or email Tom Rudofski as follows: 248.756.6605, trudofski@comcast.net

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2009 Fish Fry Sets new Attendance Records

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

  This year’s Friday lenten fish fry was another banner year and unqualified success.  Over the course of the seven week run, over 6,200 dinners were sold with an additional 800 worker and donated dinners served.  These numbers exceed any previous year record by 492 dinners.  We also set a new single night record of 1,015 sold dinners on the second Friday of lent.  A huge “THANK YOU” to all the guests, kid workers, high school help, and Dads and Moms who made this years fish fry such a huge success!

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Kids Wanted to Work The Fish Fry!

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

All parish kids 3rd Grade and up are welcome to work the Lenten Fish Fry dinners!

– 3rd and 4th graders help with bussing and setting tables (Bussers)
– 5th and 6th graders help with serving dinners (Servers)
– 7th and 8th graders help with greeting and seating our guests (Hosts/Hostesses)
– High schoolers help out with the carry-out, in the kitchen, or wherever help is needed.

We will sign off on service hours for the high school kids that are required to obtain them.

To sign up, please send an email to:

fishfry@saintwilliam.net

and tell us you are interested in working. Each week we will send out an email to all that register asking if they would like to work. Just hit reply and let us know when and where.

Since the four hour dinner can seem long, we like to have the younger kids work in shifts, from either 4:00 – 6:30 or 5:30-8:00. Kids should arrive no earlier than 3:45 – only those kids whose parents are working can arrive before that time.

All kids must sign in with a supervising adult when they arrive, wear a nametag, and must give a contact number for a parent or responsible adult. Parents – please walk your kids in.

In an effort to save money we will not be giving out shirts to the workers – so wear something appropriate. Old fish fry shirts would work!

Working kids are entitled to a free worker meal – we only ask that they try to take their breaks before or after the peak times. They are always welcome to take their breaks when their family arrives to eat.

Parents – kids love having their parents work – please consider helping out – even if it is only for one or two nights, or only for a few hours. It is a great social event and more fun than work.

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Fish Fry Adult Workers Needed!

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

The first lenten fish fry of 2009 is this Friday, February 27th!

As always, we anticipate a large number of guests each week.

All Dads’ Club members are especially encouraged to help out – this is our biggest fundraiser and is a lot of fun.

On Thursday evening, we will be meeting in the kitchen at about 7:00 p.m. to organize our inventory and do some advanced preparation.

On each and every Friday, we begin arriving before noon to get started (yes, noon). We crank up the fryers, final prep the kitchen, set-up the gym. An extra couple of bodies or more between 1:30 and 2:00 p.m. will help get the dining room in order for the kids to set tables after school dismisses.

We need to have the kitchen manned, floor supervisors in place, coffee brewed, the carry-out station manned, and the cashiers table ready to go by 3:45 p.m. as the seniors begin arriving early for the 4:00 p.m. early bird special.

The heaviest traffic will come between 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., so if you can’t get out of work early, just get out fast and lend a hand. By 6:30 or so the early crew has been working for 6 hours, so they are happy to get a break.

If you can’t get out fast, don’t sweat it. Take your time, bring your family for a late meal and plan to stay for clean-up. Between 8:30 and 10:30, we completely tear down the gym, Vercelli Hall, the main hallway and the kitchen. We vacuum every inch, set up chairs in Vercelli for weekend Mass, scrub the entire gym and kitchen, and put things back in order. If we have some fresh dads it all goes smoothly–If we don’t, the guys that arrived before noon are dragging along until midnight to get things cleaned up.

So, if you can help out, please let us know – simply email fishfry@saintwilliam.net and let us know when you would be available and where you would like to help out. By emailing you will help Dennis Goebel and Tom Rudofski know where we need extra help and where we can expect to be covered. If you do not get a chance to email but area available to help, just show up – we always can use an extra hand somewhere.

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Dads: Sign-On for Week 4 Fish Fry

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

The first lenten fish fry went well on Friday, February 15 with well over 760 dinners sold. We were pretty-well manned at all positions. Now that Walled Lake School’s break week is over we hope to have all of our “regular” dads and kid workers back in town. We also anticipate larger numbers of guests. All Dads’ Club members are especially encouraged to help out this week–we will provide ‘on-the-job’ training.

  • On Thursday evening, we will be meeting in the kitchen at 7 p.m. to organize our inventory and do some advanced preparation.
  • On Friday, we begin arriving before noon to get started (yes, noon). We crank up the fryers, final prep the kitchen, set-up the gym. An extra couple of bodies or more between 1:30 and 2 p.m. will help get the dining room in order for the kids to lay out placemats and silverware as soon as school dismisses.
  • We need to have the kitchen manned, ‘floor dads’ in place, the carry-out station manned, and the cashiers table ready to go by 3:45 p.m. as the seniors begin arriving for the 4 p.m. early bird special at about 3:40 (reverse ‘mcdonald time’).
  • The heaviest traffic will come between 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., so if you can’t get out of work early, just get out fast and lend a hand. By 6:30 or so the early crew has been working for 6 hours, so they are happy to get a break.
  • If you can’t get out fast, don’t sweat it. Take your time, bring your family for a late meal and plan to stay for clean-up. Between 8:30 and 10:30, we completely tear down the gym, Vercelli Hall, the main hallway and the kitchen. We vacuum every inch, set up chairs in Vercelli for weekend Mass, scrub the entire gym and kitchen, and put things back in order. If we have some fresh dads it all goes smoothly–If we don’t, the guys that arrived before noon are dragging along until midnight to get things cleaned up.

SO…. Click on the comment link below and tell us all when you plan to arrive and how you’d like to help. i.e.:
“Joe Daddy- can’t make it till 7 or so–I’ll stay for clean-up” or
“Nacho Daddy- I’ll be there around 3 to help wherever needed”

by “commenting” you will help Dennis Goebel know where we need extra help and where we can expect to be covered.

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Friday Fish Fry Worker List: 2/08/2008

Friday, February 8th, 2008

Mr. Rudofski has forwarded the following list of Fish Fry student workers to be released to the Fish Fry from school today:

Barnes Colleen
Beck Joshua
Boulus Matthew
Dykstra Ryan
Gross Marissa (more…)
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Fish Frys begin this Friday, February 8, 2007: Dads Club Members, Sign On!

Monday, February 4th, 2008

The 20th Annual Lenten Fish Frys begin this Friday, February 8. All Dads’ Club members are encouraged to help out.

  • On Thursday evening, we will be meeting in the kitchen at 7 p.m. to organize our inventory and do some advanced preparation.
  • On Friday, we begin arriving before noon to get started (yes, noon). We crank up the fryers, final prep the kitchen, set-up the gym (after the lenten luncheon) With the Lenten luncheon series beginning at St. William, the gym set-up will present us with an extra challenge on this first fry week, but we have always managed in the past. An extra couple of bodies or more between 1:30 and 2 p.m. will help get the dining room in order for the kids to lay out placemats and silverware as soon as school dismisses.
  • We need to have the kitchen manned, ‘floor dads’ in place, the carry-out station manned, and the cashiers table ready to go by 3:45 p.m. as the seniors begin arriving for the 4 p.m. early bird special at about 3:40 (reverse ‘mcdonald time’).
  • The heaviest traffic will come between 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., so if you can’t get out of work early, just get out fast and lend a hand. By 6:30 or so the early crew has been working for 6 hours, so they are happy to get a break.
  • If you can’t get out fast, don’t sweat it. Take your time, bring your family for a late meal and plan to stay for clean-up. Between 8:30 and 10:30, we completely tear down the gym, Vercelli Hall, the main hallway and the kitchen. We vacuum every inch, set up chairs in Vercelli for weekend Mass, scrub the entire gym and kitchen, and put things back in order. If we have some fresh dads it all goes smoothly–If we don’t, the guys that arrived before noon are dragging along until midnight to get things cleaned up.

SO…. Click on the comment link below and tell us all when you plan to arrive and how you’d like to help. i.e.:
“Joe Daddy- can’t make it till 7 or so–I’ll stay for clean-up” or
“Nacho Daddy- I’ll be there around 3 to help wherever needed”

by “commenting” you will help Dennis Goebel know where we need extra help and where we can expect to be covered.

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