Paige Reyes, Toledo March of Dimes Development Specialist, described the history and mission of the charity at the June 14 Celina Kiwanis meeting. The March of Dimes was created in 1938 by President Franklin Roosevelt to help in the fight to eradicate polio. When polio was virtually wiped out in the U.S., the organization turned to birth defects research. Now the March has expanded to include the causes and prevention of premature births and infant mortality. With one in ten babies born prematurely, the U.S. has a preterm birth rate higher than most developed nations. This costs the country 26.2 billion. To describe their programs, the March has adopted the acronym “CARES.” This stands for community, advocacy, research, education, and support. In 1970 the March of Dimes was the first organization to hold a major charity walk. Since that first walk, they have raised more than 2.5 billion.
During the business portion of the meeting, J.T. Irmscher updated the club on possible trailers available for the Lake Festival stand. Hans Rehrmann invited members to a fundraiser for the Mercer County Aktion Club. President Linda May summarized updates from the Division 2 meeting. The Kiwanis Club of Celina meets at noon every Wednesday at CJ’s Highmarks. You can follow them on Facebook or at celinakiwanisclub.wix.org/kiwanis-club-celina.