Ardmore Rotary Club will honor one of its longest-serving members, Tom Hayden, at a networking event Thursday, May 2, at the World Wide Stereo, 18 Greenfield Avenue, Ardmore. The event is from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission is $10, payable at the door, and proceeds will be split between the Merion Fire Company Firefighters Fund and the Rotary International Polio Eradication Fund. World Wide Stereo is providing snacks and beverages for the event.
Tom Hayden, who has been a member of the Rotary Club for 32 years, is being honored as an active, energetic member of the Club and for his 44 years as a Lower Merion Township Volunteer Firefighter with Gladwyne and Merion Fire Company of Ardmore and for his 21 Years as chief of the Merion Fire Company of Ardmore.
The event is open to the public.
Throughout the evening, videos will be presented showing Ardmore Rotary Club projects and work of volunteer firefighters. In addition, attendees will be able to experience Virtual Reality presentation of a day of polio immunization in the Nigerian bush last August as Rotarians from around the world gave the oral vaccine to children. Since 1988, Rotary Clubs worldwide have raised funds to deliver the polio vaccine around the world. Cases of polio have dropped from 350,000 when the program began to less than 25 in the past year with reports of new cases only in Afghanistan and Nigeria and Syria.
Tom Hayden estimates he has responded to over 16,000 calls as a volunteer fireman. In 2012, Tom, first at the scene of a house fire, rescued two women and was hospitalized with resultant injuries from the effort. His heroism was noted at the 2014 Red Cross Heroism Breakfast at Plymouth Meeting Golf Club, April 2014. Later that month, Tom received the Medal of Valor from Lower Merion Township at a special event in the Lower Merion Township Building. Among those on hand were the two women he rescued and their families. One of the women pinned the medal on Tom’s uniform.
Tom also has been in the forefront of a number of Rotary Club drives to help survivors of major disasters including those in Florida, Mississippi, Texas and Staten Island, N.Y. and the Merion Fire Company co-hosts the annual Ardmore Rotary Pancake Breakfast during Fire Prevention Week in October. The breakfast has raised over $125,000 for the Firefighters’ Fund since the mid-1980s.