Thank you for a successful Operation Santa 2020!

In the face of a global pandemic, the Pasadena Jaycees and community volunteers were determined to make this holiday season a little brighter through Operation Santa. After months of preparation and 3 days of toy distribution, we succeeded in providing toys to over 1,1000 children thanks to our generous donors and volunteers!

While we missed having Santa teams driving across town like years past, kids were still happy to pick up toys and see Santa from a distance. Parents were appreciative and grateful, especially this year, when COVID has impacted many families financially, and it was hard for some parents to purchase toys.

Through generous community support, including a $4,000 grant from the Tournament of Roses Foundation for STEAM toys, and donations from Beacon Properties, Jim & Sherri Notley, and Doug Walker, the Pasadena Jaycees were able to provide children with brand-name toys, as well as educational and enriching toys.

A final word from Op Santa chair, Tessa Young: Thank you to the volunteers who gave hours of their time, volunteers that offered to help but we couldn’t allow due to COVID capacity restrictions, the Tournament of Roses Foundation, and to all our generous donors. We could not do this project without you and we hope to see you all next year!

For more information on Op Santa, click here!

Op Gobbler 2020 Wrap Up!

Another year of the Pasadena Jaycees’ Operation Gobbler service project! Thank you to all who donated through our wine auction or sponsoring families. With your help, the Jaycees were able to provide Thanksgiving meals to over Pasadena area 300 families in need. We had to make some modifications due to COVID, but we are happy we were still able to safely carry out the project and serve local families! Thank you to Altadena Grocery Outlet and Albertson’s #nourishingneighbors program for their generous support, and to our friends at Friends in Deed for partnering with us for another year of this awesome project! Click here to learn more about Operation Gobbler.

Win a ride in a Lamborghini – support our COVID project!

Update: the Raffle has ended; thank you to all those who donated!

In support of the Operation Strong COVID-19 Relief Project, the Pasadena Jaycees have teamed up with the US Racetronics Lamborghini Super Trofeo team and their development driver, Jonathan Eshom, to raffle off this once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the thrill of riding in a Lamborghini race car!

The Raffle

Have you ever wanted to know what it feels like to be a racecar driver? Now is your chance! For only $10, enter for a chance to be one of three (3) winners to go for a ride in a Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo EVO race car driven by a professional racecar driver! To add to this unique experience, YOUR NAME will be placed on the side of the car as if you were the driver (see picture below)! Each winner will get the thrill of experiencing up to five (5) flying laps at speed!

All proceeds will go to the Pasadena Jaycees’ Operation Strong COVID-19 Relief Project, which helps under-served communities and Black communities. In order to increase your chances of winning, you can buy as many entries as you want!

The Car

Your name here! Winners will get their name printed on the car the day of their ride.

The car Lamborghini Huracan 620-2 Super Trofeo EVO race car utilizes a 5.2 liter V10 engine which outputs 620 horsepower at 8250rpm. With a top speed of nearly 200mph, winners will definitely experience the thrill of a lifetime! Unlike your daily road car, this Lamborghini utilizes specially designed aerodynamics and braking capabilities that allow for a thrilling ride that is more exciting than any rollercoaster!

Details

In order to secure your spot in the raffle sweepstakes, all applicants must complete the following Google form, and submit your donation of $10 per entry to the Pasadena Jaycees.  Fill out the form here: https://forms.gle/mHBd6g6r18nGcjY36, and submit payment via: 
– Venmo: @Jaycee-Treasurer or
– Paypal: [email protected] (friends & family option)

Please use the term “Lamborghini Ride” for your payment subject line.

The deadline to enter is Friday, August 14, 2020. Winners will be announced Monday, August 17 on Instagram at @eshom.racing and @pasadenajaycees. Once announced, winners will be contacted by Jonathan Eshom with details of when and where the event will occur – will be located in the Los Angeles area.

**In light of COVID-19, this event will take place when it is deemed safe to do so, but is expected to take place within a year, location TBD in the Los Angeles area.**

*If you’d like to Sponsor this event, please contact the Pasadena Jaycees at [email protected] for pricing!*

Terms and Conditions

  • All entrants must be at least 18 years or older.
  • Jonathan Eshom, US Racetronics, and the Pasadena Jaycees are not responsible for:
    • Transportation to and from the race track
    • Track fees for guests other than winners
    • Overnight hotel expenses should they arise

International Women’s Day

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY!

Check out these newspaper clippings from 1984!

Did you know that women were NOT allowed to join civic organizations like the Junior Chamber International until  a Supreme Court ruling in 1984?

In honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day we’d like to take you back to 1984 with these vintage photos and newspaper clippings.

“The Supreme Court ruling came after Jaycees in Minnesota challenged the legality of the exclusion of women, contending that the bylaws violated Minnesota’s laws prohibiting discrimination in places of public accommodation. The Court ruled that the law could be applied to the Jaycees. ‘We’re Sued Into Oblivion’”  Source: http://www.nwhp.org/resources/womens-rights-movement/detailed-timeline/

“1984 In Roberts v. U.S. Jaycees, 468 U.S. 609 (1984), sex discrimination in membership policies of organizations, such as the Jaycees, is forbidden by the Supreme Court – opening many previously all-male organizations (Jaycees, Kiwanis, Rotary, Lions) to women.” 

We’re proud to say we’ve come a long way since then. Our past two Presidents were women, half of our current Board of Directors is made up of women, and women made up at least 50% of our project chairs and membership over the past few years. Women have helped make the Pasadena Jaycees what it is, and we look forward to a future of continued equality!

90th Anniversary!

The Pasadena Junior Chamber of Commerce (nicknamed the “Jaycees”) is celebrating 90 years of community service, leadership training, and social events. On Saturday, February 9, the organization hosted a 90th Anniversary Gala at Shakespeare Club, which included recognition of long-standing projects like Operation Santa and Operation Gobbler, speeches and anecdotes from community members, and even a Jaycees parody song. The 2019 President, Erin Scott, and the 2019 Board of Directors were also sworn in at the event.

The celebration was a fun-filled night, and the program included speeches from Ed Morales who spoke about the ongoing relationship between the Tournament or Roses and the Pasadena Jaycees, Desiree Sanchez who raved about the positive impact Operation Santa had on her children, Ana Whilchez who explained the yearly difference the Operation Gobbler project makes on her family and friends, and Mitsuko Roberts who thanked the Jaycees for the positive impact the Japanese exchange program has had on her son.


The Pasadena Jaycees are a volunteer and leadership training organization for people aged 20 to 41. For more information about joining or about any of the Jaycees’ charitable projects, please visit www.pasadenajaycees.org or email [email protected].