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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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Advertisment about discounts offered by many health stores Advertisment033031
Notes on businesses who wish to join Gold Card and what discounts they offerNotes033032
Special Discount Directory Edition of all the businesses that accept the Gold CardBooklet033033
Form business letter from Gold Card to local buisnesses about their advertisments in the Gold Card Directory 2000Letter033101
Form letter from Gold Card to adults who may wish to join Gold Card July, 2004 (2 coppies)Letter033102
Form business letter from Gold Card to local businesses asking if they would be like to be in the Gold Card Directory July, 2004 (2 copies)Letter033103
Gold Card Vendor Discount Agreement blank (8 copies) Document033201
Incomplete Vendor Discount Agreement from: Dessert First, Home Veterinary Care,Confections Bakery, GLN Tax Service, Trim Time, Hill Side Stock Farm, Falls Mebil Service Center, Moutour Muffler, Brake & Tire, Chef's Diner, Tomasso's Restaurant, Big Foote's Document033301
Completed Vendor Discount Agreements from: Allem's Plumbing, Heating & A/C Inc.; Another Man's Treasure; Antique Revival; Arnot Art Museum; Arnot Mall Barber Shop; Associated Massage Therapists of the Twin Tiers; Auntie Anne's; Baggels & Blarney; Baufield- Baker Corp.; Best Western Marshall Manor; Bianco's Daughters; Burger King; Bush Wholesale Auto Parts; Cavaco Management Group; Chemung County Transit System; Cicora's Exterminating Service; Coachman Motor Lodge; Customized Wellness; Dave's Towing Specialists; Derito's Barber Shop; Donna's Styling Salon; Doug's Barber Shop; Eckard's Drugs; Ed's Auto Sales + Garage; Essential Massage; Famous Brauds Outlet; Faulkner Driveway Sealing; The Feed Store; Firestone Tire & Service Centers; Fixzit Mau Plumbing & Heating; George Patte, Jr., Attorney-at-Law; Grisworld's Flowers & Greenhouses, Inc.; Gwin Flooring & Lighting; Hayloft Vendors Market; The Heights Theater; J.D. Detail Shop, Inc.; Jay Carpet One; Jay Furniture Company; Jayne's Florist Shop; Jim Pierce's Barber Shop; Joycrest Roller Skating; Kenn Hair Fashions; Knights Inn; Learn Motor Co.; Limoncelli Shoe & Zipper Repair; Lindblad Music; Living...The Acme Furniture Store; LOUIES Hanover Sp; Maple Avenue Antiques; Mark Twain Travel Agency; Martinec Building & Remodeling, LLC; McAnn's Restaurant & Liquor Store; Meineke Car Care Center; Montour Pharmacy; New Day Massage, Acupuncture and Skin Care; Nochols Antiques; Nu-Way Auto Parts; O'Brien Hearing Aid Center; Pearle Vision; Personius-Warne Studio; Pudgie's Pizza & Subs North Main; Robinson Lumber; Rodabaugh's Body Shop; Rossi Lanes; Schuyler Ace Hardware & Supplies; SCT BOCES Cosmetology; Spencer Paving Company; Sterling Optical; Steve's Body Shop; Storylines Bookstore & Cafe; Sue Brace, Therapeutic Massage; Sue's Pine Valley Busy Mart; Tau, Tone & Tee-Up; A Taste of China: Tom's Hardware & Feed; Totem Taxi; A Touch of Country; Van Brunt Cadillac-Nissan-Kia; Villa Sereme Apartments; Warehouse Carpet Outlet; Watkins Glen Supply; West Elmira Optical; Westside Therapeutic Massage; YWCA; Zeigler Florists Inc.Document033401
Gold Card stickers (12)Sticker033501
Elmira Consolidated School District News about Gold Card January 1973Newsletter033601
Gold Card News, November 1997.Newsletter033602
Gold Card News, June 1999. (First draft)Newsletter033701
Gold Card News, October 1999. (First draft)Newsletter033702
First draft of a news artilce for the Gold Card News looking back over the past yearsNews Article033703
Gold Card News pamphlet (November 2000) Newsletter033704
Looking back at they history of a certain month (2001)Newspaper clipping033705
Gold Card News, February 2006. (first draft) Newsletter033706
Gold Card News, July/August, September, October, November, December, 1998. (multiple copies)Newsletter033801
Gold Card News, January, February, March, April, May, June, July/August, September, October, November, December 1999. (multiple copies) Newsletter033901
Gold Card News (21 copies January-December 2000) Newsletter034001
Gold Card News (21 copies January-Decmeber 2001) Newsletters034101
Gold Card News (20 copies January-December 2002) Newsletters034201
Gold Card News (22 copies January-December 2003)Newsletter034301
Gold Card News (20 copies January-December 2004)Newsletters034401
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