In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15th falls as National Police Week. Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. In honor of National Police Week, A.N. Webber would like to pay tribute to The 100 Club of Kankakee County.
In an interview with David Skelly, President of The 100 Club of Kankakee County, he stated that the non-profit organization was founded in 1967 by five members of the community. These local businessmen were George Ryan, Sr., Thomas J. Ryan, jr., Richard B. Gibbs, Vaughan E. McMullen and William D. Gousset who saw a need within our communities to support the families of fallen law enforcement and firefighting personnel whose lives were lost in the line of duty. Membership has increased to roughly 500 members and they have extended their assistance to include financial contributions to local law enforcement and fire departments on a special needs’ basis, offer scholarships for applicants wanting to pursue careers in law enforcement and firefighting, and to provide funding for local Crime Stoppers programs.
Skelly stated that their focus is financial support to surviving family members of law enforcement and firefighters, they have made other contributions over the years. The following contributions are listed on The 100 Club of Kankakee County website:
• Payouts to the surviving spouses of law enforcement and fire officials who have died while on duty or while actively employed as such
• 800Mhz Radios and scanners to the Illinois State Police (for interoperability with Kankakee County Police and Fire Departments)
• Equipment for the MABAS 7 Kankakee Valley Technical Rescue Team
• Scholarships to young men and women who are studying to be law enforcement and fore officials
• Provide support to Crime Stoppers
• Donations for several defibrillators for Kankakee County Sheriff Vehicles
• Miscellaneous Grants to countywide police and fire department endeavors
Membership is open to anyone! “With everything going on in the world today, it’s even more important that law enforcement has the support of the community,” stated Skelly. To become a member of The 100 Club of Kankakee County you can visit their website or call Mary at 815-933-8073. Membership fees are $125 per year.
Member benefits include:
• Annual Meeting/Dinner with featured speaker (October)
• Annual Summer Picnic for you and your spouse/guest
• A good feeling knowing that you helped those that have helped you!
• Great social events for our community
Skelly suggested that if you intend to become a member, now is the time to sign up so that you can R.S.V.P for this year’s Annual Summer Picnic, to be held at the Kankakee Valley Boat Club on July 20th. This is a fun event with a steak dinner and drinks for members and their spouses to enjoy.
Visit The 100 Club of Kankakee County website to find out more about becoming a member or to donate to this great cause. You can visit the website by clicking the following link. https://www.the100clubkankakeecounty.org/
A.N. Webber has been a proud member of The 100 Club of Kankakee County for more than 20 years.
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