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 Pacific Clinics (formerly Uplift Family Services).

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, Pacific Clinics 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 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 (a commitment of 1 to 3 hours each session depending upon the quantity of stock received).                                                                

                •  Be a member of the Children’s Services Committee and work on 1-2 events for the children of Pacific Clinics 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 hour socials, and even a ladies overnight get-away.  The social events are optional, but you are invited and encouraged to participate in any of them that are of interest to you.

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 pick up an INTEREST SHEET at The Butter Paddle store and leave it with a Butter Paddle member in the store or mail it to: 

The Butter Paddle

Vice President of Membership

33 N. Santa Cruz Ave.

Los Gatos, CA 95030.

You will be contacted within one week.

If you would like to apply for membership in the EMQ Auxiliary, please click on the MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION FORM link at the bottom of this page. You may submit the application on-line or print the application and mail it to the store at the address given above. You will be contacted within a week to review your application and to answer any questions you may have about the application process and the requirements for members.

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


Shirley Franz

EMQ Auxiliary Vice-President, Membership/2023


Click here to open a Membership Application Form




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


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Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday - 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Friday - 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM



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33 N Santa Cruz Ave.
Los Gatos, CA 95030


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