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Junior Optimist International (JOI) Clubs


Junior Optimist International was officially formed in 1988. It is the umbrella organization which links the local Junior Optimist International Clubs and Members to others throughout the world. Much like Optimist International, Junior Optimist is governed by an International Board of Directors, as well as District Officers.

From the Club level on up, Members have the opportunity to develop leadership and teambuilding skills all while helping communities. Each year there is an International Convention, which gives Members the opportunity to share in the decision-making process of the organization, meet young people with similar interests and goals, grow from training seminars…...and have fun!

Participation in Junior Optimist International gives young people the opportunity to serve their communities. Students who are involved in Junior Optimist Clubs learn about and practice good citizenship, teamwork, communication and money management. They feel good about themselves and have high self-esteem.

Membership in Junior Optimist Clubs helps to develop friendships with others who share the same interests. There are opportunities for personal growth and leadership positions at Club, District, and International levels. Junior Optimist exposes Members to Optimism as a philosophy of life, provides Members with an improved sense of kindness, increased awareness for those in need, and a better sense of coping with cultural diversity. It also provides members the opportunity to complete community service hours required for graduation.

South Carolina JOI

The South Carolina Optimist District has made the students of South Carolina a priority.  We currently have three Junior Optimist Clubs across the state and are actively working to charter several more.

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Rock Hill Central City JOI

Rock Hill

Advisor: Juliette Bennett
Sponsor Club: Rock Hill Central City

Palmetto JOI


Advisor: Bonnie Jean Sherbert
Sponsor Club: Palmetto Optimist

Socastee Jazz Band JOI

Myrtle Beach

Advisor: Marino Garbin
Sponsor Club: Carolina Forest Happy Hour


Future JOI

The South Carolina Optimist District is working to charter additional clubs in South Carolina.  If you don't see your location listed, please contact us about starting a JOI club near you.

JOI Clubs in Progress

  • Clemson JOI, in Clemson, SC

  • Palmetto Octagon JOI in Sumter, SC

  • St Andrews JOI in Myrtle Beach, SC

  • Children's Cancer Partners JOI, Virtual statewide

  • North Augusta JOI

Junior Optimist International (JOI) Clubs

Three Age Groups for JOI

Junior Optimist Clubs are separated into three age groups.

  • Alpha - Elementary school age

  • Junior - Middle school

  • Octagon - High School

Start a JOI Club

You may charter a Junior Optimist International Club with only eight Junior Optimist International Members. There is a one-time enrollment fee of $50, an annual registration fee of $60 and membership dues are as follows: $8 per member per year for Alpha Clubs and $10 per member per year for Junior Optimist and Octagon Clubs. The registration and member fees are prorated depending on the month you charter the Junior Optimist International Club. Also, Junior Optimist International Clubs are only required to pay for the first 50 members.

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