December 2006Beta Delta chapter 1906-2006
beta delta 100
Beta Delta Chapter celebrated its 100thanniversary in grand style October 13-15, 2006 in Missoula. Here are someof the many comments received:I was initiated in February 1943 justbefore leaving for war time assignment.I returned Fall 1945 with eight otherSigs to reopen the House. TheUniversity used it for the V-12program and it was a mess. The nine of us put in a lot of work getting ready forthe anticipated return of the Veterans.By January 1946, 72 Sigma ChiBrothers and pledges returned to UM.We did our best to accommodate themby opening up "Siberia" on the thirdfloor. There was no heat, no light,plank floors and no beds. We wereable to secure two dozen Army cotsfrom Fort Missoula. We housed 62men, hired a cook, and patched up thestove and refrigeration. We had to runthe dining room in two shifts for allmeals. Everyone pitched in to take careof each other.A special thanks to all of you for thespectacular 100th AnniversaryCelebration! We realize thepreparation, planning and work to stagean event for 500+ people and youBrothers did a fantastic job. I had thepleasure of meeting those from my eraof 1939 to 1954.I was on a "spiritual high" at the ritualevent at the University Theater and wasextremely moved by the "Circle of Friendship" which represented a spanof 69 years starting with John Harrison.This was the highlight of my SigmaChi career!
Bill Miles ‘46
Pat and I wish to thank your committeefor organizing, arranging andconducting such a momentous andterrific 100th Sigma Chi celebration.The banquet was a fitting climax to atypically excellent Sigma Chi event.We also want to express our gratitudeto Greg Beach and brothers who socapably assisted Pat on and off the busand carried her onto the House porch. Icouldn't be more proud of my SigmaChi brothers.
Dewey Sandvig '52
Congratulations on an exceptionalanniversary celebration. I was veryproud to have attended the Order of Constantine award presented to DanCederberg. I visited with manypledges and actives and I had a feelingthere is some very good leadershipwithin Beta Delta.
Don Hooper ‘63
Kathy and I had a GREAT time andsaw many of the 60s era Bros that wenever expected to see. Sigma Chi trulyis a bond that doesn’t change andcontinues to be one of the specialexperiences in my life. I was especiallyimpressed with the renovation at 1110Gerald. I look forward to contributingto the next phase of improvement.
I was privileged to attend the 100thAnniversary of Beta Delta Chapter atthe University of Montana. FromFriday until Sunday, it was a veritablemarathon of wonderful Sigma Chievents and lasting memories foreveryone of a weekend that went byall-too-quickly.Although it was my first trip toMontana, it really felt like I knew theplace and the warmth of the hospitalitythat was shown to me and Grand ProConsul Bob Jones made it all the morespecial.
Bruce Casner Chairman-Board of Grand Trustees
20 New Brothers initiated
In November, twenty brothers wereinitiated by Beta Delta Chapter. This isthe largest activation class in years.Magister Scott McCue reports thereare still more brothers that plan to goactive in Spring 2007. A specialthanks goes to Active Chapter forbringing these brothers safely throughInitiation Week and a specialcongratulations to these new brothers:Drew Hossle Lolo MTScott Andreae Napa CABlake Schierer Chicago ILRaymond Sheldon Spokane WATyler Richardson Seattle WAWill Zimmer Minneapolis MNThomas Sitterly Chicago ILChris Price Seattle WATravis Peterson Missoula MTPatrick McDonald Charlotte NCChase Harrison Missoula MTMike Corson Seattle WABrian Morgan Stevensville MTElliot Sheets Buffalo NYZach Schlosser Seattle WAColton Hedges San Antonio TXNick Verzilj San Antonio TXPat Golden Chicago ILRyall Strayuk Denver CODonny Hemmesch Chicago, IL
Second 100 years Fundraiser launched
Beta Delta house corporation proudlylaunched the $300,000
Second 100Years Fundraiser
at the 100
Anniversary Celebration in Missoulaon October 14, 2006. This fundraiseraddresses two important issues to keepSigma Chi viable at the University of Montana:
Recently, the FireMarshall prohibited the use of threebedrooms that had been in use fordecades (FUBAR, Classroom and SlantShack). Those bedrooms must bereplaced to maintain occupancy goalsand to compete with other housingalternatives.Montana’s leading historical architect,Jim McDonald of A&E Architects, washired to draw a plan for the garage thatincludes five bedrooms, two willreplace Back Shack and Mole Holeplus three more to replace those we canno longer use. The goal is to build andoccupy this new space by Fall 2007.