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.