The Lansing Area Safety Council was organized on December 1, 1939 by a group of local business people, Chamber of Commerce officials, City Council members, and Police & Fire officers who felt that Lansing had some safety needs that were going unmet. The first meeting was held at the Hotel Olds in downtown Lansing. One hundred people were in attendance for a $1.25 a plate dinner! On that evening, the Safety Council was formed.
Since 1939, the Safety Council has become a solid grass roots, not-for-profit, non-governmental, public service organization. Serving mid-Michigan, the Council's mission continues to focus on promoting all types of safety through education, particularly child/school safety, traffic safety, home/community safety and work place safety, with the purpose of preventing the personal and economic loss associated with injuries and health hazards.
Many programs established in the early years of the Safety Council continue to thrive. The Council's Safety Patrol program is very viable. The Annual Police and Fire Field Day and Safety Patrol Picnic has grown to host 3,000 Safeties from Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties each year at Hawk Island Park in Lansing. Traffic safety is still a major area of activity for the Council, with programs like Defensive Driving Courses and Road Testing for new drivers being in the forefront.