In honor of Tom ODell’s many years of environmental service in the Lower Connecticut River Valley, The Rockfall Foundation has named its Distinguished Service Award in his memory. Rockfall recognized Tom’s many contributions to the natural world in 2016 by presenting him with the Distinguished Service Award.
With Tom’s recent passing, Rockfall is
honoring his legacy with the renaming of this annual award. The Rockfall
Foundation has now opened the nomination period for the 2018 Environmental Awards, and is accepting nominations until September 20, 2018.
Tom served more than a decade as chair of The Rockfall Foundation’s
Awards Committee and Youth Scholarship Award, as well as over 40 years
as chair for both the Westbrook Conservation Commission and the
Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District. His legacy includes the
conservation of nearly 2,000 acres in Westbrook, including the
Menuketesuck Greenway, as well as Westbrook’s Barrier Islands,
designated as the Tom Odell Wildlife Conservation Area. Tom was also a
founding member of Connecticut Association of Conservation Commissions
and Connecticut Association of Conservation and Inland Wetland
The Rockfall Foundation is currently seeking nominations for the 2018
Environmental Awards which recognize individuals, organizations, and
businesses for environmental efforts that contribute to the quality of
life in the Lower Connecticut River Valley. The two categories of awards
are the Tom ODell Distinguished Service Award and Certificates of
Appreciation. Read more about the two awards here. Awardees will be recognized at the Rockfall Foundation’s annual meeting and grants celebration on November 1st.
Nomination forms must be received by September 20, 2018 by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to The Rockfall Foundation, deKoven House Community Center, 27 Washington St., Middletown, CT 06457. Download a nomination form here or request one or more information
by calling 860-347-0340.
About the Rockfall Foundation
Founded in 1935 by Middletown philanthropist Clarence S. Wadsworth,
the Rockfall Foundation is one of Connecticut’s oldest environmental
organizations. The Foundation supports environmental education,
conservation and planning initiatives in the Lower Connecticut River
Valley through public programs and grants. In addition, the Rockfall
Foundation operates the historic deKoven House Community Center that
offers meeting rooms and office space for non-profit organizations.