The story of the 200 Club began on November 17, 1950 when Detroit Patrolman Andreas Mellert was fatally shot in the line of duty, leaving his widow, who was eight months pregnant with $40,000.00 and a pension of $170.00 per month.
As a result, a man named William Packer organized a collection for her, and a scholarship fund was set up for the baby girl who was born after Officer Mellert’s death. Packer decided that a permanent club with a standing treasurer would be better than putting forth individual efforts each time a crisis arose.
The first club was incorporated in 1952 and others have been organized across the nation since that time.
To learn more about the 200 Club and this chapter, please visit the About page.