​Southeastern Massachusetts Round Up

New 2017 Logo

​Design by Kassy V

28th Annual SEMRU Round Up

President's Day Weekend

Feb 17th to the 20th 

Mansfield Holiday Inn 

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The world lost one of the funniest, fiercest, most courageous open, honest woman on the planet.  Virginia "Jini" Burke passed away at the age of 65 surrounded by her loving family and friends at St. Lukes Hospital on Thursday, April 7th.  Jini moved on to the next plane of the Universe leaving a large unfillable hole behind on this one. 

She leaves behind sisters Jo-Anne Burke Reilly, her husband Joe, son Burke of Seattle WA, her sister Janet Burke Myers of Austin TX, her nephew Dr Karl Erlandson  his wife Dr Anna Kushnir  son Ari of DC, her niece Audrey Calderwood of CA , nephew Matt Burke of CO,   her niece, confidant and soul mate Chandra Penton, of Newton and the rest of her Newton Family.

She also leaves many great nieces and nephews and is preceded in death by her big brother Joseph (Ned) Burke and his wife Terry Quinn Burke and brother William (Dom) Burke.

 Jini was raised in Quincy,  She received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in recent years in Addiction Counseling.

Jini was full of life and enjoyed her many friendships,  helping  people, riding motorcycles, fishing and the Boston Red Sox. 

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Words from the Artist:

I actually designed this logo in January 2016 but I hadn't chosen the colors quite yet. In April we lost our beloved Jini and after that it all came together. In memory of Jini, I chose red, white, and navy blue as the logo colors since Jini was a die hard fan of the Red Sox. Being able to look up at the banner year after year and smile as we remember Jini makes me feel like she will always be with us. She touched so many lives and made a difference for so many people over the years. She was one of the first people I was introduced to in AA - that was 19 years ago. She was there when I was drunk and she was there when I got sober - She saw me get sober and stay sober. I grew up and she saw me as a mother to my twins. She told me just how special I was to her the last time we said goodbye. Knowing her was truly a gift and she touched my heart like no other ever has. I'm forever grateful. This year is for Jini.  [❤] ️

Jini B Scholarship Fund:

The Donations made here will be used for Scholarships. Jini made it a point to go above and beyond with helping people in any way she could, as we all know. The money that is raised will be used to help people who may not be able to afford Registration cost, food cost, and hotel costs. 

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Round Up Weekend ASL/ CART

For SEMRU 2016, ASL interpreters and CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) services will be available for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or other with any type of hearing loss attending this year's Roundup.

Please identify any communication access needs on your registration form or let us know in advance using the "contact us" Feature, so that we may connect you with the ASL interpreters or CART service providers for the weekend.

Jini's Memorial: