The Story Of The Two Hundred Club
The concept of the "Hundred Clubs" was born in Detroit in 1952. Following the fatal shooting of a young Detroit officer, a gentleman by the name of William M. Packer, the largest Pontiac Dealer in the nation, who was a friend of the Police Commissioner, wrote to 100 of his friends encouraging them to donate to a fund for the fallen officer. The response was 100%. Packer and the Commissioner met with the expectant widow, reviewed her finances and arranged to pay off the mortgage on their home recently purchased in 1952, all the bills, set up an education account for the yet unborn child and deposited $7,000 in the widows checking account. Bill Packer and his one hundred friends then incorporated the The One Hundred Club of Detroit.
In late 2000, Brooks Stillwell, Harry Haslam and Tak Argentinis met to discuss the possibility of forming an organization similar to the Hundred Club of Detroit, the Hundred Club of Massachusetts and the Three Hundred Club of Atlanta.
J. Curtis Lewis, Jr. and the History of "The Hundred Club of Chatham County, Georgia, Inc."
The principal objective of these organizations is to provide immediate financial assistance to the surviving spouse and children of local law enforcement officers and firefighters who lose their lives in the line-of-duty while protecting their communities.
The Two Hundred Club of the Coastal Empire was incorporated on October 16, 2000, as a Georgia nonprofit charitable organization 501(c)(3). The board consists of members of the business, law enforcement, judicial, professional, religious and academic communities. The Two Hundred Club is a significant vehicle for expressing community gratitude to the families of our fallen heroes.
The 200 Club membership has increased over time. We need to continually grow our membership to meet the ever-increasing injuries, fatalities and increase the amount of immediate financial assistance to public safety officials and their families. It takes a special kind of individual to join. If you are a civic-minded individual and support The 200 Club mission, there is a place for you among this group of extraordinary people. We simply want to help those who are always there to protect us.
The money to assist our public safety officials is raised through our membership dues of $250 a year and unsolicited donations that individuals and groups supporting our mission endow to the 200 Club. We do not pay any salaries or overhead from member's dues nor do we use telemarketing fund-raisers. The expenses of operating the club are donated by its members. We are a federal 501(c)(3) volunteer philanthropic tax-deductible organization. Federal T.I.N. 31-1766874
The 200 Club is managed by a volunteer Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. They meet quarterly or on call as needed and determine policy and direction while undertaking the responsibility of stewardship for the 200 Club. Membership in the 200 Club is open to everyone and provides minimum effort and maximum satisfaction.