THE 100 CLUB sponsors no benefits, sells no tickets and does not lend its name to promotions of any kind. Operating expenses are minimal, enabling the 100 CLUB to maintain a fund large enough to cover most contingencies.
100 CLUB members are well aware that any amount of money is small payment for a gallant life. Members realize that little can be done to assuage the sorrow and shock of families of firefighters and police officers who are killed in the line of duty.
THE 100 CLUB realizes that financial problems only add to the burden of sorrow and a need for immediate cash may represent a crisis.
The original group of New Mexicans who founded our state's 100 CLUB was small. This small group has now grown -- quietly without publicity -- to include members in cities and small communities throughout our Land of Enchantment.
OF NOTE: The name "100 CLUB" originated in Detroit, where 100 men wanted to help the widow and new born infant of a Detroit police officer slain in the line of duty. Word of this group's efforts spread to Massachusetts where a second 100 Club was formed. THE 100 CLUB OF NEW MEXICO was patterned after the Detroit and Boston clubs.
As 100 CLUB members, we want the law enforcement officers and the firefighters of New Mexico -- and the families that support their careers -- to know how much they are appreciated by us and the public at large.
"BECAUSE WE CARE"
THE 100 CLUB OF NEW MEXICO
And so, THE 100 CLUB was founded on May 15, 1969.
Every day and every night of our lives in New Mexico, city, county and state police officers and firefighters have the well-being of the citizens in their hands. And always, even under the best set of circumstances, there is the constant -- ever present -- shadow of danger.
They also work with an almost certain knowledge that should they lose their lives in the line of duty, the financial burdens to their families may be too much to overcome. Even though, through federal and state programs, insurance money is there for the officer's family, it takes time. That is why immediate financial aid is so important -- and THE 100 CLUB is there -- no questions to answer, no forms to fill out, and no papers to sign when the check is delivered.
In most cases, within 48 hours or less of the death of a police officer or firefighter, members of New Mexico's 100 CLUB deliver a check to the next of kin. Each case is evaluated individually, and should circumstances warrant, New Mexico's 100 CLUB is prepared to be of further assistance.
New Mexico's 100 CLUB is a non-profit (501-C-3) corporation existing solely on membership dues and contributions. Member's dues are $100 annually.
YOUR INVITATION TO JOIN US
How it started: in the line of duty...
On November 8th, 1971, just west of Albuquerque, New Mexico State Trooper Robert Rosenbloom was ambushed and killed by two felons who later hijacked a plane to Cuba. Trooper Rosenbloom left a wife and two small children.
On August 29th, 1973, Alamogordo police officer James Vigil was killed...leaving behind a wife and two small children.
One month earlier, on July 19th in Clayton, Sergeant Emilio Maestas was tragically killed...in the line of duty.
Within 24 hours of these tragic events, immediate financial aid was given by a group of quiet individuals: Wiley Banes, Charles C. Spann, Ben Lomand Roberts, Jack Mulcahy and Robert S. Poage, the founding members...
Those members took as their motto these words which best exemplify the sole purpose of THE 100 CLUB:
"BECAUSE WE CARE"
THE 100 CLUB OF NEW MEXICO
"BECAUSE WE CARE ..."
James Lehner – President
Jim Hunter – 1st Vice President
Trudy Jones – 2nd Vice President
Bart Kinney – Secretary/Treasurer
Board of Directors
Calvin Hyer Jr.
Bart H. Kinney III
The immediate financial help THE 100 CLUB OF NEW MEXICO provides, at a time of tragedy and at a time of need, is not considered charity, but rather a token, a symbol of appreciation for these gallant men and women whose work is hazardous even under the best of circumstances.
These neighbors of ours who choose a life of fighting fires or enforcing the law are frequently your families who rarely have the opportunity to build even a small financial reserve. THE 100 CLUB'S contribution is tiny indeed compared to the contribution they make to every New Mexican's peace of mind.
THE 100 CLUB OF NEW MEXICO is the only organized group in the state helping with immediate financial aid to the families of the men and women who are charged with our protection.
This booklet has been prepared to inform civic-minded New Mexicans about the activities and goals of THE 100 CLUB OF NEW MEXICO.
It is hoped this information will spur the growth of THE 100 CLUB throughout the state in order to insure that all dependents of firefighters and law enforcement officers have some immediate financial aid in their time of tragedy.
The state's growth requires more and more officers and firefighters. They need to know there is a group of fellow New Mexican who care about them and their families.
WHAT WE HAVE DONE
The generosity and caring of our Club members have made all this possible and has provided a cash reserve which allows our work to continue. That reserve can become quickly tenuous since there have been years when four or five officers/firefighters lost their lives.
Public safety is a shared responsibility. The police officers and firefighters cannot stand alone and do their job. A great way of helping these officers and firefighters is letting them know that we have their back if they make the ultimate sacrifice and that we'll be there with immediate financial aid to their families.
Help us to help them. click the forms tab on the top line to find a member application that can be mailed, or contact our club manager Jane Jernigan at: 505-362-8950.