We would like to invite you to become a member of Optimist International, one of the largest service organizations in the world where “Bringing Out the Best in Kids” has been our mission for more than 80 years! Whether you are a Member of a Club or a Club officer who enjoys the fellowship/friendship of others with a common greater good, Optimist International needs and wants YOU as a Member.

Optimists value Learning, Leadership, Excellence and a sense of community. Besides, being an Optimist is something that anyone can do. As Walt Disney said: You can dream, create the most beautiful place in the universe…but it takes people to make that dream a reality.

We offer several types of memberships to cater to a variety of needs and demographics. Check out the details:

Club Member
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 Application. For a list of Clubs by District, please click here.Life Member
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.

College Member
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.

Friend of Optimists
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 here.

30 and Under for $30
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.

For more information about becoming a Grand Strand Optimist Member you can contact us through the following information:


Call: (843) 267-0744 | Bobbei Ruswinckel – Director

Visit us at a weekly lunch meeting every Thursday at Pine Lakes Country Club | 5603 Granddaddy Dr. Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Download our membership application here: Membership Application

Bringing out the best in kids