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The Julie Rodick Scholarship Foundation was created in 1993 by a few of Julie's family members and friends.  This was in response to Julie's untimely death at age 30.  Julie was active in the community and was thinking of graduate school  or law school.  Her accomplishments include being elected first female student president at Umass/Boston.  She also set up Boston's chapter of the Guardian Angels.  Julie was active in helping the homeless and donated time at the Pine Street Inn.  She was also into American Indian Culture.

 

Julie tragically died in a car crash on August 8, 1993.  It was a very sad event yet family and friends thought that a scholarship set up in Julie's name would be a great way to remember her.  We thought a road race would be a great way to bring people together in Julies name and because she liked Indian Culture we established The DreamCatcher Classic Road Race.  The first race was held that same year on Thanksgiving Day.  We now hold a 5-mile and 2-mile road race every Thanksgiving Day at 8 am. The first race had 250 participants, we now have over 1400 runners each year.

 

We award 2-$1000.00 scholarships to Umass/Boston students going from undergraduate to graduate school each year. 

 

We hope you will join us each year to keep this tradition alive in Julies name while at the same time helping with the scholarship and keeping yourself healthy.

Please click on this link to learn more  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZvFl554Njc

Below is a piece written by Jack Sullivan for the Political Notebook section of the Boston Globe shortly after Julie's death in 1993. 
                       

A decent new voice in politics is stilled

Julie A. Rodick was buried {Aug. 12} in her beloved hometown of Weymouth. With her, a shining piece of the political and governmental future was interred as well.

Some say that those in politics do it for ego. Some will tell you that young people are not interested in the process. Neither applied to Julie, a quiet and decent person who truly wanted to help change the world in whatever way she could and had already begun. But, killed at the age of 30 in a car accident in Hingham {Aug. 8}, her time was far too brief.

Julie Rodick was what is bright and right about local politics and those who choose to be a part rather than apart. This past spring, Julie was elected a representative to Weymouth Town Meeting from intensely political Precinct 15, her second try for the post. She had just paid her membership dues and become an associate member of the Weymouth Democratic Town Committee. She also was voted a delegate to this October's issues convention of the Democratic State Committee.

Julie learned civic involvement at the knee of her father, Frank D. Rodick, who passed the public service baton to his youngest daughter, one of seven children. Frank Rodick, a well-known lawyer in town who also represents several area communities, was Weymouth's town counsel and served as chairman of the Zoning Board. He also served under former Gov. Edward King as a public works commissioner.

Julie got her own taste for politics in the Student Senate at the University of Massachusetts-Boston and was the first woman elected president of that body. She was active in the Rainbow Coalition, a nonpartisan group devoted to minorities' rights and she helped start chapters of the Guardian Angels in Boston, New Bedford and Portland, Maine. Julie had also recently become involved again with the South Shore chapter of the National Organization for Women.

She campaigned for candidates in Weymouth. To her, partisan politics was just a part of the system, a means to an end. While Julie believed in effecting change from within and the two-party system was the one she chose to work through, her friends were on both sides of the aisle. She listened to all sides of an argument before making a decision but her ideals and compassion never wavered.

Julie cared and she wanted to work, to do something, for those issues and people she cared about. Even personal material goods needed to have a purpose for her. Last month, she rode her new bicycle in a 50-mile fund-raising drive to raise money for the Norris Cotton Cancer Research Center in Lebanon, N. H., where her family has requested donations be made in her memory.

Julie Rodick embodied all that anyone would want in elected officials. To all those who dismiss local government and its players, they should get to know people like Julie. If the faces of the future generation of politicians and activists look like hers, and we are sure many do, rest assured the fate of participatory democracy is in good hands.

In May, when Julie was elected to Town Meeting, this writer sent his friend congratulatory flowers with a card that read, "Today, Town Meeting, tomorrow Congress and, who knows, maybe even Political Notebook." It was a joke we shared, knowing that, except for election results, her name would not appear here because of our friendship and the conflict that would create.

The first part of that card had already happened. Knowing Julie -- and if she could have been lured from Weymouth -- the second prediction could easily have come true at some point.

I wish the last line of the card never did.

 

 

 

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