Imelda Martin-Hum and husband Vance
Imelda Martin-Hum and husband Vance
[box type=”default” size=”large”] Pledges to raise funds for ‘Eliminate Project’[/box]Filipino-American businesswoman Imelda Martin-Hum was elected president of the Kiwanis Club of Metro North-Troy (KCMNT) during the club’s election held recently in Shield’s, Troy.

Four other Filipino-Americans were also elected key officers of KCMNT. They are Lydia Palaganas, vice president; Roger Palaganas, secretary; Roger Dionisio, treasurer; and Lulu Gungab, assistant treasurer.

The new KMNT officers will be inducted in the evening of Nov. 16, 2013 at the American Polish Cultural Center at 2975 E. Maple Road, Troy.

Interviewed by the Filipino Star News shortly after her election as KCMNT president, Martin-Hum, owner-CEO of the Brighton Sleep Diagnostic Center in Brighton, said she is giving priority to the “Eliminate Project” of Kiwanis Club International.

The Eliminate Project is a global campaign launched by Kiwanis International in partnership with UNICEF to eliminate maternal- neonatal tetanus in 40 countries in Africa and Southern and East Asia. UNICEF records show that the disease kills one baby every nine minutes or 60,000 babies and 30,000 mothers every year.

KCMNT contributes to Kiwanis International $100 per member per year. A portion of the amount is allotted for the Eliminate Project.

Saying that the cost of inoculating a child against tetanus is $1.80, Martin-Hum announced that under her leadership, KCMNT will launch a fund-raising campaign for the Eliminate Project.

She said the goal of the fund-raising drive “will be quite substantial.” She noted that the Philippine delegation to the Kiwanis International global conference held recently in Vancouver, Canada contributed $2,000 to the Eliminate Project.

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“My goal is more than $2,000,” she said.

Martin-Hum is also a member of the board of directors of the Filipino-American Community Council (FILAMCCO) and also of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce-Michigan.