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.

President's Message

Greetings Members, Supporters, Friends, and Protectors;

In the past several years, Americans have come to fully appreciate the efforts of our first responders….law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel.

Since 1972, the Minnesota 100 Club has supported these efforts, especially in the case of those who have died or are injured in the line of duty. The Minnesota 100 Club is a volunteer- operated 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
(EIN #23-7241918), whose mission is to raise and dispense funds to the surviving family members of those who lose their lives, or directly to the first responders who suffer a serious or disabling injury. We realize money can never replace the loss or disability of a loved one, but immediate funds can be extremely helpful in easing the financial burden associated with these tragic events.

Our membership is made of individuals, Fire and Police Departments, businesses and non-profits. We have been able to raise the benefit pay-out by increasing our individual memberships and introducing a business level membership opportunity.  Just recently we have received several grants from various foundations.  You can find a listing of our members and donors in our annual roster.

The annual membership fee of $100 has not changed in the 45 years the Minnesota 100 Club has been in existence and remains fully tax deductible. We're sure you'll agree that this membership amount serves as a small token of support for those who risk life and limb to protect our families and ourselves on a daily basis. You will find our membership application available on this web site. I hope you will take a minute to renew your membership online or complete and mail yours back today. By doing so, YOU too are "Helping to Protect the Protectors." 

Now in our 45th year, we are honored to have given out nearly $500,000 to approximately 230 families or persons from around the state. During those years we have been able to raise the benefit pay-out amount from $1,000 to $8,000 per family.

Recent beneficiaries include St. Paul Firefighter Ramon Hain, and North Memorial emergency responders Joshua Jones (pilot), Miles Weske (paramedic), and Scott Scepaniak (nurse).

In order to increase membership, stay in touch with as many members and friends, and to share our common interest of “Protecting the Protectors” fundraisers are held throughout the year. Next April 26, we will host our Annual Firefighter and Law Enforcement Dinner at the historic Jax Cafe.

Again, continue to look under UPCOMING EVENTS for more information on our events. I hope you will consider joining us this year and will pass the word on to your family and friends, as you don't have to be a member to attend. And who doesn't like to have a great meal at JAX?


You can join our mailing list by
clicking here. If you should have any questions please contact any Board member or to request a speaker for your event or organization please contact Board Member Ray Mlinar. Their contact numbers are also on this web site.

Sincerely,
John Derus, President 
612.868.8110
jederus@comcast.net