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Collection TitleCL 61 Gold Card Association CollectionCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByRachel Dworkin, Casey Lewis
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library in 2007 by Pam Hawthorne. 
Terms:Aged--Services for; Aged--Societies and clubs; Elmira (N.Y.); Newsletters

Gold Card Association of Chemung County-The Gold Card Association was conceived by the Elmira Board of Education as a program to promote services for people over 60 in the city.  It was officially founded in March of 1968 with William Cieri, Administrator of Community Education for the Elmira School District, as the organization's first president.  The stated purpose of the Association was to develop activities for seniors, publish a newsletter for seniors, and encourage community involvement.  All members were entitled to a free ID card provided by the Chemung Canal Trust Company, a monthly newsletter and a directory of discounts and services for seniors offered by local businesses. 

The Gold Card Association became a non-for-profit corporation in 1970.  The new corporation was governed by 15 voting directors and 5 ad hoc members.  In 1998, the Gold Card Association expanded its services to the Elmira Heights, Horseheads, Odessa-Montour, Spencer-Van Etten, Watkins Glen and Waverly school districts.  In order to better serve those communities, the program dissolved the corporation and became part of the Schuyler-Chemung-Tioga BOCES.  In July of 2006, the Elmira City School District voted to cut funding for the Gold Card Association in the city.  In 2007, the other six school districts followed suit and the program came to an end in July of that year.   

Scope:The Gold Card Association Collection consists of materials relating to the Gold Card Association including newsletters, administrative records, photographs, scrapbooks and video recordings.  The collection includes a nearly complete run of the Association's newsletter from 1968 to 2007, as well as minutes and agendas for Board of Directors meetings from 1981 to 2007. 
Notes:Membership ID cards are restricted from public access until 2050. 
Extent3 linear feet
Date Span1968-2007
AbstractThis collection contains materials relating to the Gold Card Association.  Inventory in progress.

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
"Thank You" flier to all RSVP members for their volunteer effortsFlier031535
Gold Card Board of Directors Meeting Agenda, January 2005Document031601
SCT Gold Card Association Certificate, July 2005-January 2006Document031602
Gold Card Board of Directors Meeting Agenda, March 2006Document031603
Gold Card Board of Directors Sign-In Sheet, March 2006Document031604
SCT Gold Card Association Certificate, July 2005-March 2006Document031605
Gold Card Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, March 2006, Agenda, May 2006, and Board of Directors List, 2005-2006 (2 copies)Document031606
Gold Card Board of Directors Meeting Agenda, April 2006Document031607
Gold Card Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, May 2006Document031608
Gold Card Board of Directors Sign-In Sheet, May 2006Document031609
SCT Gold Card Association Certificate, May 2006Document031610
Gold Card Board of Directors Meeting Agenda, June 2006Document031611
Treasurer's Report, June 2006Document031612
Treasurer's spreadsheet, June 2006Document031613
Letter from Carol Lincoln to Pam Hawthorne regarding the Elmira School District's decision not to reinstate Gold Card, April 2006Letter031614
Letter from Kathleen Graves to BOCES staff regarding estimates for Gold Card distribution, March 2006Letter031615
Letter from Pam Hawthorne to Dan Agan regarding the decision to cut Gold Card from the Elmira City School District's budget, April 2006Letter031616
Letter from Pam Hawthorne to community members regarding the importance of Gold Card in the community, April 2006Letter031617
Letter from Carol Lincoln to Pam Hawthorne regarding the lack of funding from the Elmira City School Distrcit, April 2006Document031618
Letter from Carol Lincoln to Pam Hawthorne regarding a letter to the editor, May 2006Letter031619
Letter from Carol Lincoln to Gold Card Members copying them on the letter she sent to the Star-Gazette, May 2006Letter031620
A copy of Carol Lincoln's letter to the editor of the Star-Gazette, May 2006Letter031621
Letter from Carol Lincoln to Pam Hawthorne regarding Dan Leary's resignation and Pam Hawthorne's end of term, September 2006Letter031622
Letter from Carol Lincoln to Erin Amidon regarding some questions and concerns with Gold Card, September 2006Letter031623
Press Release regarding the possible end of the Gold Card program, April 2006Press Release031624
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