At its Annual Meeting in June, 2020, the Middletown Garden Club presented Anthony P. Marino with its Club Conservation Commendation for his lifelong dedication to the environment and to the community in which he lives. (In the photo, Awards Chairman Melanie Giamei announces Tony Marino as the award recipient. Photo courtesy of Hetti Motoc.)
Appointed Executive Director of the Rockfall Foundation in 2017, Tony had previously served for well over 20 years as Board Member and Board President before joining the staff in 2011 as Operations Manager. During his tenure, he has played a major role in Rockfall's growth, including expansion of the area covered for environmental grant applications, meticulous maintenance of the historic 18th century deKoven House, Rockfall's headquarters, and providing continuing management with exceptional dedication and selflessness.
The Rockfall Foundation promotes and supports environmental education and conservation in The Lower Connecticut River Valley. Now celebrating its 85th anniversary, it is one of Connecticut's oldest environmental organizations and a catalyst, bringing people together and supporting organizations to conserve and enhance the region's natural environment. Rockfall awards grants each year to nonprofits, schools, and municipalities, and preserves and operates the historic 18th century deKoven House, which provides below market office space to environmental groups based and working in the Lower Connecticut River Valley, and meeting rooms for community organizations.
The Middletown Garden Club, which draws its membership from Middlesex County and beyond, was established in 1915. The club is a member of the Garden Club of America and of the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut.