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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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Letter from Carol Lincoln to all Gold Card Board members regarding their final meeting, August 2007Letter031708
Letter from Carol Lincoln to Gold Card Board members regarding the final Board Meeting Minutes, August 2007Letter031709
Gold Card Vendor Discounts, June 2007Newsletter031710
Letter to the Star-Gazette regarding the end of Gold Card, August 2007Newspaper clipping031711
Letter from the IRS regarding tax exempt status, May 27, 1981. Letter031801
Guidelines for Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation Grant application.Document031802
Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation grant application, 2001.Document031803
Waverly Gold Card ID program grant application packet with application and financial statements, 2004. Document031804
Waverly Gold Card ID program reimbursement application packet with application and attached documentation, 2004-2005.Document031805
Letter from George Winter Jr. and John Kuhl Jr. to Pam Hawthorne regarding grant approval, December 12, 2003.Letter031806
Letter from Marion L. MacQueen to Pam Hawthorne regarding Governor Pataki's support of a grant, February 23, 2004.Letter031807
Letter from Marion L. MacQueen to Pam Hawthorne regarding Governor Pataki's support of a grant, March 10, 2004.Letter031808
Letter from Marion L. MacQueen to Pam Hawthorne regarding grant funds, April 15, 2005. Letter031809
Charitable Foundations in Tioa County, New York (2 copies)Booklet031810
Cornell Cooperative Extension, Tioga County: Programs in Progress.Booklet031811
Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation Annual Report, 2000. (2 copies)Booklet031812
Form letter from William Cieri welcoming new Gold Card Association members, no date.Letter031901
Letter from Bill Cieri to the Carpenter's Local #532 thanking them for their support, January 2, 1990.Letter031902
Letter from Timothy O'Neill, Elmira Superintendent of Schools, to C. Thomas Bailey of the Spencer-Van Etten School District regarding the Gold Card program, December 9, 1997. Letter031903
Memo from Bill Cieri to Timothy O'Neill regarding Gold Card Membership statistics, no date.Memo031904
Memo from Bill Cieri to Fran Mitchell regarding mailing costs, June 30, 1998.Memo031905
Letter from Anthony Micha, Waverly Superintendent of Schools, to Pam Hawthorne regarding the expansion of the Gold Card Program, April 27, 1999.Letter031906
Promotional letter from Karen Phillips of Southern Tier Advertising Specialties to Pam Hawthorne, May 5, 2000. Letter031907
Letter from Pam Hawthorne to Keren Phillips of Southern Tier Advertising regarding a glitterpen order, May 22, 2000.Letter031908
Fax from Bobby to Pam regarding the Senior Center Health and Information Day, January 17, 2006.Letter031909
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