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Missouri Delts: Service in the Big Easy
By Andy Murtha, Beta


Inspired by the success of their trip to Biloxi, Mississippi in 2009, the brothers at Beta chapter completed their second annual Winter Service Trip earlier this year. From January 3-9th seven brothers from Saint Louis University (Alex Antal, Tim Mazur, Mike McFadden, Marvin Saccucci, Jake Scott, David Tilden, and Andy Murtha) traveled over 675 miles to New Orleans where they assisted Habitat for Humanity in the construction of affordable housing in some of the communities most devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

However, they were not alone. Working from connections established at Convention last summer, they were joined by three brothers from Zeta Chapter in Kansas City (Joey Kister, Matt McBride, and David Skelton). “I remembered talking to Murtha about it in Milwaukee. It sounded like an awesome opportunity to meet some guys from Beta and work hands-on with Habitat” Kister said.

The brothers participated in four consecutive days of construction on a house in the St. Bernard Parish. Among their major projects were the instillation of siding and soffiting, and the construction of a platform for the air conditioner. The volunteer work they accomplished was gratifying; however, it was apparent that much still needed to be done to bring the city back to its previous vibrancy. By the end of the week the brothers had completed well over 300 hours of service for the National Philanthropy.


(Front row L to R: Tim Mazur, Mike McFadden, David Tilden, Matt McBride, Jake Scott, David Skelton (Second row L to R) Marvin Saccucci, Andy Murtha, Joey Kister, Alex Antal.)

  


(Above: Joey Kister and David Skelton seal the finished siding)

While service was the primary focus of the trip, the brothers did enjoy their free time in the Big Easy. With New Orleans native David Tilden as their guide, there was rarely a dull moment away from the construction site. From sampling Cajun cuisine at the Praline Connection, to Po’ Boys in the Garden District, and drinks in the French Quarter at the historic Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop (est. 1772), these brothers made the most of their visit.

Beta chapter is already in the planning stages of their 2011 trip. It will be held from January 2-8th with the preliminary destination set as New Orleans. The chapter has high expectations for its third visit to the Gulf Coast and is anticipating record attendance. If you would like to join Beta on their 2011 trip please contact Chapter President Andy Murtha at amurtha@slu.edu for more information.


(Delts at Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop in the French Quarter)