Butter Paddle

Information for Prospective Members


Information for Prospective Members


The EMQ Auxiliary has operated The Butter Paddle since 1967 as a way to generate funds to help the children and families served by Uplift Family Services (formerly EMQ FamiliesFirst).

The Butter Paddle is an all-volunteer operated store.  We are proud that we have been donating all of our store profits to Uplift Family Services for 50 years!  With two campuses located in Campbell and Los Gatos, Uplift Family Services assists children and their families who are struggling with abuse, neglect, emotional problems, or mental illness.

We are excited by the prospect of your becoming a member of the EMQ Auxiliary.  As an introduction, the following is an overview of what is required of each new member:

                •  Work in the store two shifts per month (three in November and December).  Each shift is 3½ to 4 hours long. 

                •  Work on the Stock Committee twice a month (1 to 3 hours commitment depending upon the quantity of stock received).                                                                

                •   Be a member of the Children’s Services Committee and work on two parties for the children of Uplift  Family Services during your first year.

                • Attend the General Meetings, usually held on the second Tuesday of each month (no meeting in July  or August).  The General Meetings are important because you learn about new merchandise, store  procedural updates, and various Auxiliary-planned activities.

These obligations take approximately 16 to 20 hours per month.  To round out our experiences and to get to know one another better, we organize a wide variety of social events, such as day trips to local points of interest, theme parties, four luncheons per year, happy hours, and maybe even a ladies overnight get-away.  You are invited to participate in any of the social events.

Membership is by invitation and new “provisional” members are accepted in March and September.  The provisional period is six-months.  Provisionals become active members after completing all requirements of the provisional period.  The provisional period provides an opportunity to make sure you and the organization are a good fit for each other.

Annual dues are $90.  (September provisionals pay $45.)

 If you are interested in joining the EMQ Auxiliary and would like more information, please complete an INTEREST SHEET and leave it with a Butter Paddle member in the store.   If you would like to do so; you may also complete an application at this time.  You will be contacted within one week.

 Please visit our web at www.butterpaddle.com for more information about our organization and The Butter Paddle store.  You may also apply for membership on-line at our website.

Thank you for your interest in the EMQ Auxiliary and working in The Butter Paddle store.


EMQ Auxiliary Vice-President, Membership/2018


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A donation to The Butter Paddle in memory of a loved one will help children in crisis at Uplift Family Services, formerly EMQ FamiliesFirst. 100% of your donation goes to benefit the children.


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Monday - Thursday- 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Friday 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Saturday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Sunday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

33 N Santa Cruz Ave.
Los Gatos, CA 95030
408 395-1678


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