Dues and Fees Structure

Effective October 1st, 2021 through September 30th, 2022
To review a breakdown of fees by quarter and by month, please click here.

Dues and fees for 2021-2022 Year Each Optimist Club is responsible for paying dues for every Member of the Club in an amount based on the economic standing of the country in which it resides.
  Regular Members
Annual Amount in U.S. Dollars
College Members
Annual Amount in U.S. Dollars
Developed Countries $67.58 $23.47
Developing Countries $35.15 $14.35

For each Life Member enrolled, a Club pays annual dues of $26.

New Member processing fee: $15 (U.S.) for regular Members and $5 (U.S.) for college Members.

Life Membership fee is $675.80 (U.S.) effective August 1, 2022.

Note on Dues: $1.00 (U.S.) of dues paid is returned to the Districts

Affiliations Fees & Dues

New Optimist Clubs required to pay an annual affiliation fee with Optimist International fall under a specific policy. These are College Clubs, Clubs for People with Special Needs/Adults with Exceptionalities, and Clubs outside the European Union, North America and most of the Caribbean Nations. Any new Club organized during the fourth quarter of the Optimist fiscal year, will not be assessed dues and the affiliation fee until the first quarter of the subsequent fiscal year.

Optimist International’s dues structure for Clubs is based on the designation of the United Nation’s and categorized into either Developed or Developing Countries. As of October 1, 2017, the following countries in which Optimist Clubs exist are classified as follows:

Developed Countries
United States

Developing Countries
Antigua and Barbuda
Cayman Islands
Russian Federation
Saint Lucia

International Development Pilot Program

Developing Countries In Africa, Asia, Central and South America fall under the Pilot program approved by the Board of Directors at the International Convention in Quebec City in July of 2016. This program calls for the development of Optimists Clubs in these areas with a dues structure of $10 US per member and an annual affiliation fee of $225 US.

The following countries have Optimist Clubs organized under the pilot program.

Other Special Dues Programs

The Board of Directors in the Spring of 2017 approved a pilot program for College based clubs. Dues are $10 per member and there is a $100 annual affiliation fee

The Board of Directors in September of 2017 approved a pilot program for clubs involving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Dues are $10 per member and there is a $225 affiliation fee.