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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
Letter from Erin Amidon to Pam Hawthorne regarding the cut in funding to the Gold Card program, March 2006Letter031625
Letter from Erin Amidon to Pam Hawthorne regarding the Gold Card News, April 2006Letter031626
Letter from Edward Lincoln to the Editor regarding the discontinuation of the Gold Card News, May 2006Letter031627
Letter from M. C. Klugo to Gold Card regarding a donation, May 2006Letter031628
Flier announcing the discontinuation of the Gold Card News to the Elmira City School District residents, July 2006Flier031629
Count of Gold Card Members by zip code, May 2005 (2 copies)Document031630
Gold Card members by school district (2 copies)Document031631
Document regarding the School Board Meeting, April 2006Document031632
Gold Card Board of Directors Contact sheet, 2005-2006 (2 copies)Document031633
Gold Card Service sheetDocument031634
Article regarding the Elmira Budget passing, April 2005Newspaper Clippings031635
A little newspaper article about funding for senior citizen groupsNewspaper Clipping031636
Corning Leader article regarding the possible end of the Gold Card Association, April 2006Newspaper Clipping031637
Star-Gazette article regarding the funding cut-back effecting the Gold Card Association, May 2006Newspaper Clipping031638
From the Star-Gazette opinion page, a letter sent in regarding the Gold Card Association, May 2006Newspaper Clipping031639
Gold Card News, May 2006Newsletter031640
Gold Card News, June 2006Newsletter031641
Gold Card Discount Flier, February 2006Flier031642
Gold Card Board of Directors Agenda, May 2007 and Meeting Minutes, 2006Document031701
Letter from Margaret Callas to Carol Lincoln regarding the evolution of Gold Card, August 2007Letter031702
Letter from Daniel Agan to Pam Hawthorne thanking her for her service to Gold Card, August 2007Letter031703
Letter to Pam from a Gold Card member with a copy of the letter written to the Star-Gazette, September 2007Letter031704
Letter from Carol Lincoln to Pam Hawthorne regarding the useage of Gold Card equipment, September 2007Letter031705
Letter from Pam Hawthorne to Carol Lincoln regarding a list of Gold Card supplies, June 2007Letter031706
Letter from Carol Lincoln to Pam Hawthorne regarding the Gold Card documents available to go to the Chemung Valley HIstory Museum, September 2007Letter031707
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