We had a great time at Bunnings O'connor on Nov 26
It was a great success
It was Ilija's idea
Someone had suggested we could try a Bunnings Sausage Sizzle to raise funds for our club. We needed funds to underwrite the cost of setting up the new Monday night club - Fremantle Quaynote Speakers. So Ilija and I (I'm David publishing this story) worked on the project. We planned it together but Ilija did almost all the hard work - buying the supplies at the best prices - sausages, buns, dressings, drinks, gloves, paper towels. It went on and on and he did it. We'll need Ilija to write a separate story about that.
We set up a team of 16 from Victoria Quay to run four 2 hour sessions - from 8-10, 10-12, 12-2 and 2-4. Oh, there was one non Victoria Quay member - Glenn Nicholas from our website provider, OM4, cooked the sausages on the 10-12 shift.
Setting up on Saturday morning
Bunnings provide the basic structure just outside the entrance. There is a roof over the gas fired griller and a sink with a set of tables where we set up our supplies and took orders.
We arrived before 7.30 and Ilija did most of the unpacking from his utility. You can see him carrying in material.
The photos below show the basic layout of the griller and our first customers at about 8.10.
The 8-10 Team
Antony was on the Griller, cooking sausages and warming onions. (The day before Ilija had sliced, cooked and browned 20kgs of onions.)
Catherine load the bun with a sausage and onions if they wanted them and handed it to the customer.
Shona was on the counter taking orders and the money.
Jeni was pulling drinks out of the Eskies and supplying Antony with sausages as required.
The 10-12 Team
Glenn was on the griller, having been expertly trained by Ilija.
Carl, on his first shift, was putting the buns together for customers.
Jeni was selling, selling, selling.
And Ilija was keeping the chain moving in the background.
The 12-2 Team
Chris did the grilling. The pic shows Glenn checking his technique in the changeover time.
Scott kept the customers supplied.
Eileen took orders and money and supplied drinks.
Carl kept sausages and buns moving.
Ilija is here checking the supplies. Yes, that's his back you can see.
The 2-4 Team
Dave took over the grilling.
Mick kept the customers supplied.
Caroline was in charge of the money.
Sunil kept Dave up to the mark with supplies.
We were well supplied with workers for the last session.
Carla and Adam were there supporting us but didn't have specific roles inside the booth.
The Cleanup afterwards and other matters
We sold the last sausage at 3.45pm. Two more customers came as we were working on putting away and cleaning up.
Ilija worked tirelessly and the rest of us did what we could to help.
It took till 4.30 for Ilija to be satisfied and then call for the Bunnings supervisor to check the result. She passed him with flying colours. That was important because we have applied for a follow up booking early next year.
That is our cleanup team below. Sunil was part of it - but someone had to take the picture. thanks Sunil.
How was it a success?
Yes, it was a great success.
The best part of it was the cheerful, cooperative way all the workers took part. We have a wonderful club with wonderful members. Ilija and I had the privilege to work with our members. If we had made hardly any money it would have been worthwhile.
But we made a significant net amount which will help us to support the new Monday night Club.
Victoria Quay Treasurer