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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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Spencer Boarding Kennel informationPamphlet033006
Senior apartment advertising by St. Joseph's Apartments and St. Patrick's Apartments033007
Corning Museum of Glass adverstismentAdvertisment033008
Returned business letter to Drake Heating &AC from Gold CardBusiness Letter033009
Returned business letter to The Lunch Box from Gold CardBusiness Letter033010
Returned business letter to New Dimesion from Gold CardBusiness Letter033011
Returned business letter to The Medicine Shoppe from Gold CardBusiness Letter033012
Returned business letter to Illusions Beauty Shop from Gold CardBusiness Letter033013
Retruned business letter to Main Street Cafe from Gold CardBusiness Letter033014
Returned business letter to Advance Auto Parts from Gold CardBusiness Letter033015
Returned business letter, to Main Street Cafe from Gold CardBusiness Letter033016
Notes on different discounts for seniors from different stores (7 notes) Notes033017
Discount Directory Questionnaire, asking local businesses if they would be interested in being apart of the "Gold Card Boosters"Business Letter033018
Plans on putting together the Discount DirectoryNotes033019
Business letter to Home Sweet Home Care from Gold CardBusiness Letter033020
Business letter to Roberta McCartney from Gold CardBusiness Letter033021
Notes on different businesses that offer discount for seniorsNotes033022
Different advertisments about the Clemens Manor Apartments for the elderlyAdvertisment033023
Local advertisment for the radio station WEHH for businesses who would like to support Gold CardAdvertisment033024
Notes on businesses who may support Gold CardNotes033025
Advertisment for Quality Lawn Care Service Advertisment033026
Notes on businesses and people who are involved with Gold Card (2 pages)Notes033027
Note on a new add to place in the newspaper for senior apartments at Villa Serene ApartmentsNotes033028
Notes on the location of businesss that offer discounts to seniorsNotes033029
Information about new memebers and other new developments of Gold CardNotes033030
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