HUNDRED CLUBS CONCEPT

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, invited 100 of his business associates to dinner at the Ritz Carlton encouraging them to donate to a fund for the fallen officer; they also agreed to form the One Hundred Club of Detroit. 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 Brunswick Police Department wishes to express our deepest appreciation for your assistance during one of our darkest hours last Friday, April 18th. Our hearts are still heavy and we shall continue to mourn our HERO Police Officer Melvin Collins who made the ultimate sacrifice in a convenience store. We miss him, but are uplifted when we realized that our grief and concerns were shared by so many. We will never forget the kindness and generosity of the Two Hundred Club. You came forth with a helping hand in our time of great need! The Collins family greatly needed this financial assistance. Again, thank you for your concern for Officer Collins’ family. Know that we shall never forget your kindness. We find comfort in knowing that you and others in our community stand behind law enforcement and grieve with us over the loss of Officer Collins. Your club does a wonderful work and may God richly bless you and your members.”

T.C. COWAN, CHIEF OF POLICE