2021 Golf Tournament Fundraiser!

Each Fall the Pasadena Jaycees host a spectacular round of golf at Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena, CA. This year the tournament will be on Wednesday, October 6, 2021.

Proceeds from the tournament go directly to the Great Pasadena Jaycees and their community service projects, including:

  • Operation Gobbler: For over 32 years, the Pasadena Jaycees have partnered with the Friends in Deed food bank and local grocery stores to provide low-income families with all the ingredients for a Thanksgiving meal.
  • Operation Santa: Since 1934, the Jaycees have collected and purchased toys for children who write letters to Santa, and on Christmas Eve, we send Santa and Mrs. Claus to the home of each local child. This is our largest community project, requiring over a hundred volunteers and an extensive budget.
CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP AS A GOLFER OR SPONSOR! 

Download the Golf Tournament Flyer here.

If you have any questions or more information, please email [email protected].

Jaycee members at our 2017 tournament

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.

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].