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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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Correspondence from Francis Weeks on the Attendance at the National Council on Aging, April 1988Letter030205
Gold Card Association Board MembersDocument030206
Announcement of plans to build a new first aid station at the Chemung County Fairgrounds in honor of Hazel ThompsonDocument030207
Report of the Nominating Committee, April 1990Document030208
Articles IV and V of the Board of DirectorsDocument030209
Gold Card Association Board Correspondence, Resolution, Last Round-Up, Board Meeting minutes, 1990Document030210
Elmira City School District Board of Education ResolutionDocument030211
List of Gold Card members and their contact informationDocument030212
Letter from Ruth Mace about Vera Knapp, June 1990Letter030213
The Now and Future Gold Card NewsDocument030214
Correspondence from Francis Weeks on the Health Care Reform Emergency, February 1994Letter030215
Senior Notebook Minutes and attendance List, September 1994Document030216
Chemung County Association of Senior Organizations expenses and Steering Commimittee list, Septmeber 1994Document030217
Senior Notebook newspaper article, August 1994Newspaper Clipping030218
Flier for the 'Senior Notebook'Flier030219
Planning for the 'Senior Notebook' radio showDocument030220
Letter on the 'Senior Notebook' radio showLetter030221
Invitation to the 25th celebration of the Gold Card Association, 1992Invitation030222
Job Description for the Gold Card HistorianDocument030223
Letter to the Gold Card Board from Bill Cieri on Role ClarificationLetter030224
Resolution to accept Mr. William Cieri as Manager/Coordinator of the Parley Coburn joint Gold Card/Council on Aging facility, February 1983Document030225
Estimated cost of Gold Card printing for 1989-1990Document030226
Letter to the Gold Card Board of Directors from the Advertsing Committee on Advertising research, February 1990Letter030227
Letter from Francis Weeks on Medicaid, January 1992Letter030228
Elmira AARP chapter and list of speakers by month, 1991-1992Document030229
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