Types of Membership
As Members of Optimist Clubs, individuals have the opportunity to "Bring
Out the Best in Kids" along with other like-minded citizens. Through
an Optimist Club, volunteers can answer the needs of local youth by organizing
meaningful service projects. To pass the idea of becoming an Optimist along
to someone you know, see the Membership
Brochure, or have them fill out a Member Invitation. For a list of Clubs by District, please
Life Membership is an honor often bestowed by a Club on an Optimist who
has shown years of dedication to the Club and the organization. Optimists
can also enroll themselves in Life Membership. Through Life Membership,
a one-time fee is paid and the Optimist pays lower dues for life. See the Life
Member Application for additional information.
30 and Under for $30
Any Optimist Member who is enrolled as a full-time college student (minimum of 12 credit hours) is eligible to have their annual dues reduced.
Individuals can show their support of Optimist International by becoming
Friends of Optimists. A Friend of Optimists may be someone who does not
have an Optimist Club in their area, or they may not have time to dedicate
to a local Optimist Club. Optimist Clubs can also bestow a Friend of Optimists
membership on a community member who has shown great support for the Club.
To learn more, check out the Friend
of Optimists Brochure and read the Frequently
Asked Questions. To apply for membership online, click
Optimist International is offering a one year, introductory membership to civic-minded individuals. Any new traditional Member inclusive of 18-30 years of age who joins an Optimist Club will receive this special dues offer. For one year, young adults can enjoy the benefits of an Optimist Club with less of a financial impact! For more information, please click here.
NEW! Social, Service and Young Professionals Group
The Social, Service and Young Professionals Group is a way for your Club to expand their outreach and strength in their community. A Social, Service and Young Professionals Group could provide a traditional Club with an increased volunteer work force to tackle more complex projects and provide a platform for younger professionals to join an Optimist Club. Social, Service and Young Professionals Group must have a minimum of 15 individuals who have not been Optimist Members or Friends in the past four months. For more information, please click here.