Are you always make a New Year’s Resolution to read more?
Do you wish you had more friends that like to read?
Are you looking to make more young professional friends?

If you answered yes to any of the above, welcome to the 2023 Pasadena Jaycees Reading Challenge and Book Club!


Read along and complete challenges every month. Or listen to the audio versions if you prefer! Meetup every third month for general discussion of the previous books, and a focused discussion of that month.


You can start reading the first book right now! First meetup will be in March in Pasadena – location and date TBA.


@pasadenajaycees on Instagram and Facebook for updates and more information!


Dare to Lead by Brene Brown

In her #1 NYT bestsellers, Brené Brown taught us what it means to dare greatly, rise strong and brave the wilderness. Now, based on new research conducted with leaders, change makers and culture shifters, she’s showing us how to put those ideas into practice so we can step up and lead. https://www.runn.io/blog/dare-to-lead-summary

Need to know:  Non-Fiction, Self-Help, Professional Development, Leadership

Challenge: Listen to an episode of Brene’s Podcast – Unlocking Us.


Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson

Charmaine Wilkerson’s debut novel is a story of how the inheritance of betrayals, secrets, memories, and even names can shape relationships and history. Deeply evocative and beautifully written, Black Cake is an extraordinary journey through the life of a family changed forever by the choices of its matriarch

Need to know:  Fiction, Historical Fiction, Contemporary, Mystery, Drama

Challenge: Bake! https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1017882-black-cake


Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Need to know:  Poetry, Non-Fiction, Self-Affirmation, Inspirational, Humorous

Overview: From the creator and star of Hamilton, with beautiful illustrations by Jonny Sun, comes a book of affirmations to inspire readers at the beginning and end of each day.

Good morning. Do NOT get stuck in the comments section of life today. Make, do, create the things. Let others tussle it out. Vamos!

Full of comfort and motivation, Gmorning, Gnight! is a touchstone for anyone who needs a quick lift.

Challenge: Create your own Daily Self-Affirmations for a solid week ALT: Watch Hamilton or In the Heights!!

2022 Bowling Fundraiser

Come join the Pasadena Jaycees at Bowlero Pasadena on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 at 6:30pm, in support of the Jaycees’ community service projects. 100% of the proceeds go to the Pasadena Jaycees to support our projects such as our Operation Gobbler thanksgiving food drive and Operation Santa toy drive for those in need in the Pasadena area.

Enjoy bowling, music, food, raffles, and more!

Not a bowler? Not a problem! Come mingle and support a great cause.

Entry tickets are $30 each, and include bowling, shoe rentals, and food. **Alcohol not included – a cash bar will be available. 

Interested in sponsoring or donating an item for raffle? Want to get involved? Email [email protected]



The Pasadena Jaycees are collecting donations to support JCI Ukraine’s refugee center to provide food, shelter, psychological support, and integration support (transportation, job connections) to those affected by the current war. JCI Ukraine is looking to expand services to refugees to include a shower, washing machine, beds, and more. 

We are grateful for the opportunity to be able to support our fellow Jaycees in Ukraine! Donations will be collected by the Pasadena Jaycees, then sent directly to JCI Ukraine!

Donate only accepted via Facebook. Donate here!

A message from the Presdient of JCI Ukraine:

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.

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!