Volunteer of the Month



Each month, the JDRF Southwest Ohio staff recognizes a special volunteer who goes above and beyond in supporting the chapter and is a positive ambassador for the organization.

December 2018 Volunteer of the Month
Julie Roettker

Julie Roettker got involved with JDRF in 1999, after she married her husband, Dick, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 14 years old. It was in 1999 that she participated in her very first Ride to Cure Diabetes in Death Valley, and since then has completed 21 rides. Julie has also been a coach, a chapter volunteer, and an active participant in Southwest Ohio’s Ride Committee. This year, Julie also was the National Ride Volunteer Team Lead for all six destination rides and was the recipient of the Promise Jersey in Sante Fe. This jersey is given to a rider who does not have T1D, but puts others before themselves and truly exemplifies what the JDRF Ride program is all about – riding together to a world without T1D. When asked for her best advice for someone recently diagnosed with T1D, Julie says, “Make a connection with another individual or family that has faced the same diagnosis. JDRF is the best place to start.” Julie recalls Dick’s experience with T1D and tells us, “He and I met when we were both students at Xavier University. His diabetes management then was one shot a day of NPH insulin and testing his urine for the presence of glucose. We have come a long, long way since then, thanks to the efforts of JDRF and JDRF supporters.” Julie’s favorite JDRF event is the JDRF Ride to Cure (her picture says it all) and this year, she rode in Sante Fe for her 21st Ride to Cure. If she had to pick a second favorite event, Julie said it would be the Bourbon & BowTie Bash. Julie also encourages, “For anyone considering a JDRF Ride to Cure, I say do it! This group will become your new friends, like family. Although there is an option at the national JDRF Rides to ride 100 miles, you can definitely ride whatever number of miles works for you, so don’t be intimidated. The Ride is about the mission, not the miles. It is an impactful weekend of making new friends and reconnecting with old friends. Do it!” Thank you, Julie, for all you do for JDRF and the T1D community. We appreciate you!


Previous Honorees:
Jenn Mosier, July 2017
Daniel Feldkamp,August 2017
Mindi Patterson, September 2017
Dawn Bringer, October 2017
Salena Burg, November 2017
Jack Knapke, December 2017
Petra Vester, January 2018
Kate Sandfoss, February 2018
Teresa Ripley, March 2018
Jonathan Boeckling, April 2018
Donna Walker, May 2018
Holly Amann-Pauly, June 2018
Joe Szabo, July 2018
Renee Denton, August 2018
Jill Baker-Braun, September 2018
Todd Carnes, October 2018
Melissa Litke, November 2018