As part of the Minnesota Safety Council's 80th anniversary, Governor Tim Pawlenty proclaimed June 30, 2008, as "Minnesota Safety Council Membership Day," highlighting the contribution that members have made through their safety efforts. The proclamation acknowledged the magnitude of the unintentional injury problem in Minnesota. It affirmed that the efforts of the Minnesota Safety Council and its members over the past 80 years have significantly helped reduce human suffering and economic losses while making Minnesota a safer place to live. The Minnesota Safety Council was formed in June, 1928, by a group of Minnesotans representing employers, government and communities, "for the single purpose of bringing down accident totals in Minnesota." It is a chapter of the National Safety Council.