Michael’s Donation

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

John’s dad, Michael, donated his beloved single shell to the Sarasota Scullers Youth Rowing Club in honor of John’s High School rowing with the club and the simply outstanding leaders of that organization.  The shell was christened “The John Lamensdorf” and we couldn’t be more pleased that it will be used to help train aspiring rowers.


Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
Lamensdorf Scholarship StudentsIn addition to Sommer Altier, three other Booker High School students have been awarded summer scholarships with the trust’s third contribution to Booker’s VPA program.  Andre de Grenier will be heading to FSU’s band camp focusing on percussion and Josh Galindo will be attending the 4 week Pre College Immersion Workshop at the Ringling School of Art and Design.  Sommer Altier will be attending the month long Masterworks Music Festival in Indiana for aspiring soloists (violin).

Such fabulous opportunities which represent our firm belief that High School students should experience a time “away form home,” doing what they love, to provide a glimpse of college life (complete with all of the demands and temptations…).  Bravo to these remarkable students!


Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Jayde Hopkins, of Minmarama Park, an Indigenous community in Darwin, Australia, is the recipient of the 2014 John H. Lamensdorf Memorial Scholarship at NYFA!  Jayde is 16 years old and is participating in the 4 week High School Acting program in NYC.

Jayde has been active in community efforts for many years including:

.  Being involved in a short film promoting Indigenous heath and awareness and the “Us Young Women Matter” conference in Melbourne.

. Leading the MinMin Crew, a group of young people living in the Minmarama Indigenous community and participating in IMPACT, a 3 year Indigenous youth leadership program in Northern Territory and The Worlds of Work program in Melbourne in 2012.

. Being a delegate at the 2012 Pacific United Nations Youth Conference and co-founding the 1000 Voices project, a national youth-led campaign calling for the recognition of Indigenous people in the Australian Constitution

In Jayde’s words:  “As a young and emerging leader, I believe I can set myself up to be a role model for other Indigenous youth in my community.  I believe this fantastic opportunity will really help me in my journey and set me up for the rest of my life.  I really appreciate the time you have taken to read this letter and hope that you will consider me for the scholarship.”

WOW!  And she’s only 16!  We have no doubt Jayde will realize her acting dreams and much much more!


Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

As we marked the 5 year anniversary of losing John, we were bombarded by well wishes and donations.  We again “escaped” with Jennie to commiserate and plan –  never losing sight of the glorious life we had with John and how he is carefully protecting and guiding us each and every day.

Heartfelt thanks to all who continue to acknowledge the impact this day and time of year has on us.


Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

We recently learned that John’s trust was nominated to be a part of “GooglersGives” which is Google’s workplace giving program.  This is a fabulous opportunity to receive donations and connect directly with the very hip (and the very generous) “Googlers” (or employees of Google).

We are uncertain as to who nominated the trust for this incredible giving program, but we are most certain as to our thankfulness for it.