Sons of the American Revolution Plan New Educational Center

February 16, 2016 § Leave a comment

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Sons of the American Revolution
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With a juris doctor from the University of Pennsylvania, attorney John Kai Lassen is the founder and managing director of Rockwick Capital, LLC in Wilmington, Delaware. A frequent donor to non-profit organizations, Kai Lassen is also heavily involved in various philanthropic activities.

One of Dr. Lassen’s favored charities is the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). This national organization advocates the values of the nation’s founders, by promoting the ideals of liberty, justice, and patriotism. Founded in 1889, the SAR has grown to 28,000 members who can claim an ancestral link to the revolutionary era.

The SAR is now raising capital for its Center for Advancing America’s Heritage, to be located in an historic 1840s building in its headquarters city, Louisville, Kentucky. The center’s purpose is to counteract the decline of history and civics courses in public schools. The center will support the SAR’s outreach of traveling and permanent exhibits. It will also include increased space for its genealogical research facilities and administrative offices.

The SAR has designed the facility for an expected influx of teachers, writers, historians, and scholars. In addition, the 40,000-square-foot building will accommodate visitors from schools and other organizations. Officials project that it will attract up to 100,000 people in its first year.

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Fly Fishing Destinations around the World

January 29, 2016 § Leave a comment

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Fly Fishing
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A lawyer currently based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Kai Lassen serves as partner and corporate security attorney with Alpine Global Partners, Ltd., where he focuses on sourcing capital and corporate record keeping as well as structured finance and leverages banking. When he is not working in his roles as a lawyer and executive, John Kai Lassen enjoys fly fishing in Belize and Africa.

Fly fishing is one of the most exciting ways to catch fish, and it is a hobby that can be pursued all over the world. According to Sport Fishing Magazine, here are some of the top fly fishing destinations:

1) Alphonse Island, The Seychelles: Located in the Indian Ocean, Alphonse Island is about 1,000 miles off the eastern coast of Africa and features a luxury resort that caters to fly fishing enthusiasts. Fly fishers can expect to see an array of exotic fish, including the milkfish and the giant trevally.

2) Ascension Bay, Mexico: Approximately 100 miles south of Cancun, Ascension Bay offers a vastly different experience than the popular tourist city, featuring mangrove estuaries full of snook and tarpon. Most fishing resorts are open year-round.

3) Exmouth, Western Australia: One of the best locations for fly fishers in Australia, Exmouth offers stretches such as the Ningaloo Lagoon, where fishermen can find queenfish, giant parrotfish, bonefish, and more.

Delaware Nature Society’s Annual Native Plant Sale

January 4, 2016 § Leave a comment

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Delaware Nature Society
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In 2008, lawyer John Kai Lassen founded Rockwick Capital, LLC, where he holds the position of managing director and CEO. As a lawyer based in Delaware, Kai Lassen is actively involved in many community organizations. Among his community engagement activities, Attorney Lassen serves on the Delaware Nature Society’s conservancy committee.

Once a year, the Delaware Nature Society holds its Native Plant Sale at Coverdale Farm Preserve in Greenville, Delaware. Staffed by volunteers, the sale offers over 300 varieties of common and unique plants indigenous to the area and appropriate for a mix of growing conditions. Many of the species available will be appealing to pollinators, such as butterflies, bees, and birds, for those interested in creating a specialty garden.

Additionally, the Native Plant Sale will offer an assortment of plants from the Mt. Cuba Center, a nearby public garden and nature conservation center that focuses on growing native plants in their natural habitat.

Scheduled for May 5-8, the 2016 sale is open to members only on Thursday and Friday, while the general public can shop on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit http://www.delawarenaturesociety.org/NativePlantSale.

Characteristics of Billfish

December 8, 2015 § Leave a comment

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Billfish
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Trained as an attorney at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, John Kai Lassen provides legal guidance to Alpine Global Partners, Ltd., as a partner and lawyer with the green energy development company. Away from his work as a lawyer, Kai Lassen enjoys competing in offshore billfish tournaments.

Billfish are a predatory group of fish that include sailfish, marlin, and spearfish. Within these three varieties of billfish, there are nine species, characterized by their torpedo-shaped bodies and sword-like bills, which they use to stun and slash their prey. Other commonalities among billfish are their stiff, crescent-shaped tails, two small keel fins near the tail, and long, narrow pelvic fins that resemble slivers.

Billfish are highly migratory and can be found worldwide in tropical, sub-tropical, and temperate waters. Extremely strong and fast swimmers, billfish eat almost anything, including their own species. When chasing prey, billfish flare their fins, exposing brilliant highlights and patterns in hues of iridescent blue, green, and purple.

Rotary Club of Wilmington Featured Speaker Discussing 9/11

October 9, 2015 § Leave a comment

In 2009, John Kai Lassen founded Rockwick Capital, LLC, based out of Wilmington, Delaware. He serves as the financing company’s managing director and chief executive officer. Prior to this endeavor, he worked as a corporate and finance lawyer. Active within his community, attorney John Kai Lassen is the 2015-16 president-elect of the Rotary Club of Wilmington. He was also the 2014 and 2015 District and Club Rotarian of the Year.

Founded in 1914, the Rotary Club of Wilmington originally had 22 charter members, many of which were lodgers, homeowners, retailers, and wholesalers. The organization earned its charter from Rotary International in 1915, making it the 148th club to obtain that honor. Today it includes more than 250 members.

Each Thursday, the Rotary Club of Wilmington hosts meetings and often invites keynote speakers. On September 10, 2015, the Rotary featured a discussion on the legacy of September 11. Chaired by Marilyn Whittington, the event featured speaker Ralph Begleiter, a former CNN world affairs correspondent and current Rosenberg Professor of Communication at the University of Delaware. He discussed why the United States is unpopular in various parts of the world and implications this might have on the future of the country.

Rotary Club of Wilmington Launches Park Project

August 17, 2015 § Leave a comment

Lawyer John Kai Lassen has been listed in Who’s Who In American Law for over 20 years. Having served as an attorney in several law firms, Kai Lassen is now the CEO and managing director of Rockwick Capital, LLC in Wilmington, Delaware. The lawyer and merchant banker is also a partner at Dubai-based Alpine Global Partners, Ltd.

Outside of work, Kai Lassen is a member in good standing of the Rotary Club of Wilmington and has held the offices of board member, club secretary, and president-elect. The Rotary Club’s vision is “service above self” to encourage goodwill and peace in civic life. In honor of its centennial in 2015, the Rotary Club of Wilmington will renovate and improve a local park.

The enhanced recreational space, known as the Rotary Centennial Park, will have four distinctive features. First, the northeast entry will feature a memorial to Civil War soldiers. Second, a multi-use section will include an open area for recreation and environmental learning. Third, an outdoor amphitheater with concrete and lawn seating will provide a venue for performing arts organizations. Finally, the Rotary and others will use a fourth section of the park for public and private events.

Rotary Celebrates One Year without a Case of Polio in Nigeria

August 8, 2015 § Leave a comment

An accomplished corporate and finance lawyer, John Kai Lassen serves clients as the managing director and chief executive officer of Rockwick Capital, LLC, in Wilmington, Delaware. In addition, he also works as a partner attorney in Alpine Global Partners, a Dubai-based firm that sources capital for infrastructure projects in third-world countries. Outside of his professional activities, John Kai Lassen holds memberships in several community organizations, including his local Rotary Club.

In a recently released statement, Rotary International announced that it has been more than one year since there was a reported case of polio in Nigeria, which is the last polio-endemic country on the African continent. Rotary has been working for more than three decades in Nigeria and other countries throughout the world to end the crippling disease, and this significant achievement is largely the result of its efforts.

While Rotary is celebrating this important milestone, the organization recognizes there is still work to be done, and it will continue to work in the country until the World Health Organization removes it from the list of polio-endemic areas. Recently, Rotary granted $40.3 million to fight polio around the globe. Over the years, the group has provided funds totaling over $1.4 billion to eradicate the disease, including $207.4 million for Nigeria.

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