With dedication as deep as Lake Hopatcong and a smile as wide, Jamie Windt first learned about the LHF at our annual Block Party in 2016. She was representing the Hopatcong Community Garden at a vendor booth at the event in Hopatcong State Park and discovered the LHF during a stroll around the grounds.
Since that initial introduction, Jamie has turned up as an LHF volunteer on several occasions. You might have seen her at hustling around at this year’s Lake Loop, selling raffle tickets at the Beefsteak Dinner, assisting with landscaping projects at the train station or even stuffing envelopes at our office.
“I enjoy volunteering for a great cause,” Jamie says, clearly including the LHF as one of them. “I love the lake and know that we need to care for it and keep it beautiful for future generations to enjoy.”
Jamie was born in Bronx, N.Y., in 1950, back when Lake Hopatcong was slowly transforming from a bustling resort destination to more of a year-round residential area. Once settled in New Jersey, she attended Morris Knolls High School (Go, Golden Eagles!) and graduated from the Tobé-Coburn School for Fashion Careers in Manhattan, the country’s first school to specialize in fashion merchandising and promotion.
She has lived in Hopatcong since 1977 and retired in August of last year after a 25-year career as an executive assistant at the American International Group (AIG). She clearly came a long way, occupationally, after landing her very first job at the Viking Bakery in Denville. (It’s still there. Try the cannolis!)
Since her earliest employment, Jamie has owned a boutique in Denville and organized a fashion show for the Women’s Club there.
Along the way, Jamie married Ken Windt, with whom she’s enjoyed a marriage of 24 years. They have a son, Joe, and three daughters, Cari, Melissa and Mandee. They’re all married and have given Jamie six grandsons, ranging from 2 to 13 years of age.
In her personal time, besides volunteering for the LHF, she finds time to knit, paint furniture, create pottery and stay in shape at the gym. The proud new owner of a boat, she also makes her way onto the lake from time to time.
A self-professed “people person” with a penchant for decorating, Jamie enjoys talking with people and helping her community whenever she can.
“It’s important to me to volunteer time to organizations that need help,” she says, noting her extensive fundraising efforts for Hopatcong public school Parent-Teacher Associations. “The more people get involved, the more gets done.”
Over the course of just one year, Jamie Windt has certainly helped the LHF get plenty of things done, and we can’t wait to see where she’s going to turn up next!