Announcing Our New Status as a Nonprofit Organization

The Beautification Council of Southeastern Michigan (BCSEM) is pleased to announce that our organization, a Michigan non-profit corporation, has now been granted 501(c)(3) Federal Tax Exempt Status by the IRS, effective September 19, 2023.

Who We Are

How to Start a Beautification Commission/Committee in Your Community  A Step-by-Step Guide

Our Goal

To make every community a cleaner, healthier, safer, more beautiful place in which to live, work and play; and thereby, develop a sense of civic pride and citizen responsibility. Through networking with our communities and members, we are able to inspire,  provide and implement solutions that create the most environmentally friendly value for Southeastern Michigan.


On July 31, 1963, an exploratory meeting was held in Detroit to discuss the formation of a beautification council for southeastern Michigan. On November 22, 1963 forty-two (42) representatives from twenty-five (25) cities throughout the tri-county area met at the Veteran’s Memorial Building in Detroit to formally create the Beautification Council of Southeastern Michigan (BCSEM) by electing officers and creating a set of by-laws.


Link to Great Lakes Phragmites Collaboration

2024 Board of Directors

  • President & Recording Secretary:  John Darin
  • 1st-Vice President & Treasurer:  Kip Smith
  • 2nd-Vice President & Membership:  Michele Hayden
  • Web Administrator:  James Keehn
  • Director:  Lois Adams
  • Corresponding Secretary:  Kathie Brown
  • Director:  Pat Deck
  •  Director: Sandie Fischer
  • Director:  Jerald Stone
  • Director:  Open

BCSEM Quarterly Meetings

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