In July 1965, a discussion between Past International President Carl Bowen and former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover resulted in the birth of the Respect For Law community activity. This is the fourth most popular Optimist activity with more than 1,500 clubs participating each year.
Each spring the club honors law officers from the Farmington Department of Public Safety and the Farmington Hills and Franklin Police Departments. Officers are chosen for the award by their respective departments. Plaques are awarded at a special breakfast meeting attended by the award winners and their guests. The work of these outstanding public servants is always inspirational.