The first 100 Club was founded in 1952 by Detroit auto dealer William Packer when he learned of the death of a young patrolman. Packer wrote to 100 of his friends asking for assistance for the patrolman's young widow and unborn child. This was the beginning of the very first 100 Club; since then, the 100 Club has grown into a worldwide organization with over 114 affiliations and millions of members.
The 100 Club of Rhode Island, founded in 1972 by a group of local businessmen, as a private charitable organization. Its primary mission is to provide financial assistance to the families of police officers, firefighters and paramedics who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
To put it another way, it's a group of thoughtful and grateful individuals who are mindful of the daily risks taken by police officers and firefighters.
Beginning in June of 2014, active full-time law enforcement officers, firefighters, and rescue personnel are ELIGIBLE for membership.