Inspire respect for the law among your local young people! This motivational
program can be a community rally against local violence, a get-acquainted
event between youth and local law enforcement officials, or a “what
peace means to me” poster contest for young kids.
In July 1965, a discussion between Past Optimist International President
Carl Bowen and former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover resulted in the birth
of the Respect for Law program. This is the fourth most popular program
with more than 1,500 Clubs participating each year. Over a quarter of a million law enforcement officers honored by thousands of Optimist Clubs around the world over 50 years.
More detailed information about this program is available in the Respect for Law Planning Guide
Support merchandise for this program can be ordered through Optimist Supply for US and Caribbean Clubs and from OptiPromo for Canadian Clubs. Contact information for both supply companies can be found here
. For additional information, please contact Optimist International Programs Department by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
, or call (800) 500-8130.
Respect for Law
Optimist International has begun developing a series of news releases that
Clubs can use in connection with their participation in international programs.
Below is a sample news release that Clubs can use for their Respect for
Law activities. Please note that the .doc version enables Clubs to type
their information into fields*, while the .pdf files are for viewing only.
Respect for Law (.doc)
Respect for Law (.pdf)
Certificate for Citizens
Certificate for Officer