The 100 Club of Lamar County recently announced the appointment of Amanda Willows as their new president.
“It is an absolute honor to follow Stephen Gerrald’s lead and be named the president of the 100 Club of Lamar County,” said Willows, “we are blessed with an incredible board and I promise to work very hard beside them for this very special cause.”
Gerrald has been the president since 2017 when the club was formed in Lamar County.
“Stephen has done an incredible job and we are grateful for all of his hard work and dedication getting this started.”
Willows, who is a former police officer, founded the Lamar County Adopt-A-Cop program and has played a huge role in providing safety equipment for Lamar County first responders.
“It is an absolute honor to follow Stephen’s lead for such a special cause. As a retired police officer, this club is very close to my heart.”
The original 100 Club was started in Houston in 1953 when a group of five men – consisting of Leopold L. Meyer, Ray R. Elliot, R. H. Abercrombie, William A. “Bill” Smith, and Jim “Silver Dollar” West – realized the need to support the dependents of Houston police officers killed in the line of duty.
“They each put in $100 for the cause,” said Willows. “They then reached out and motivated 100 people to contribute $100 each toward the mission. Thus, The 100 Club was born.”
Willows said Paris Chief of Police Bob Hundley had the idea to form the 100 Club of course Lamar County and in 2017 the club was formed.
“When tragedies happen that take the lives of first responders, it can take months for their families to receive assistance through various programs. This Club ensures they will be taken care of in the beginning.”
The 100 Club of Lamar County provides financial assistance for the family of any law enforcement officer, fireman (paid or volunteer), paramedic, or detention officer if their loved one is killed in the line of duty.
“This is the best way for members of the community to come together and give back to those who give so much to keep us safe. Your membership donations will ensure the families of these brave men and women will be taken care of should the unthinkable happen.”
The 100 Club of Lamar County board members is Amanda Willows, Jimmy Steed, Casey Ressler, Toni McDowra, Stephen Gerrald, Gary Brown, Cindy Ruthart, Steve Martin, Karl Lewis, and Melba Harris.
Individuals and businesses interestsed in becoming a member can click here.
For more information, please call 903-737-4123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.