“Protect the Protectors”
In 1972, a group of local Northeast Minneapolis businessmen and a labor leader organized the first Minnesota 100 Club, based out of N.E. Minneapolis. This group of people took the lead from other 100 Clubs that had been formed around the United States. The sole purpose at the time was to provide instant relief / aid to surviving families of public servants who were killed in the line of duty.
After the state and federal government began the death benefit program, the Minnesota 100 Club decided to continue the 100 Club, to show support to their local public servants. The Club is celebrating 45 years of existence in 2017 and the group of supporters has spread throughout the State of Minnesota and is still going strong today.
The dangers of public service duties are increasing each year and with this increase, the need for a program such as the Minnesota 100 Club also increases. This requires additional membership and support for this worthy cause! The Club attempts only to provide modest relief and hope to those in need at a time when there is little else to hold on to. The organization receives no public funding. All donations must come from private individuals or organizations. Yearly membership is a $100 donation. Since its inception, the Club has paid out almost $500,000 in benefits.
The Club has increased their donation allotment to $8,000.00. Monetary gifts are also given at Christmas to families of the fallen with dependent children for two years.
The Club sponsors the Minnesota 100 Club Fire & Law Enforcement Dinner in April, which is open to the public each year, as a way to promote membership, gain exposure, and thank our active members for their support.
If you are interested in joining the Minnesota 100 Club and wish to help "Protect the Protectors", please contact any of the Board of Directors or submit the application found elsewhere on this website. This is truly a tremendous organization and worthwhile cause!
John Derus, President