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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
Gold Card News (18 copies January-December 2005)Newsletters034501
Gold Card News (12 copies February-December 2006)Newsletters034601
Gold Card News (2 copies January-February 2007)Newsletters034701
Photos of the 30th Anniversary for the Gold Card AssociationPhoto Album034801
Photos enducting William Cieri into the Community Education Fall of FamePhoto Album034802
Photos of an unknown eventPhoto Album034803
Photos detailing the printing and Mailing process for the Gold Card NewsletterPhoto Album034804
Article about a volunteer for the Gold Card AssociationNewspeper Clipping034805
Photos of the 25th Anniversary for the Gold Card AssociationPhoto Album034806
Photos of an unknown Gold Card Club event, late 1970'sPhoto Album034807
Photos of the Gold Card Clud Offices, 1990'sPhoto Album034808
Note about the Gold Card Club, 2007 Note034809
Articles concering the everyday lives of senior citizensNewspaper Clippings034901
Gold Card TV Loop for Senior Action Center at Chemung County Fair Jul 30- Aug 3 unknown year (2 copies)Script035001
Gold Card Association discount booklet (6 copies)Booklet035101
Gold Card Directory of Discounts Booklet035102
Gold Card Checking & Club 60 Plus offered at Chemung Canal Trust Company (2 copies)Pamphlet035103
Agenda for Watkins Glen District Meeting Document035104
Advertisment asking for volunteers to deliver meals to senior citizens (2 copies)Document035105
Meals on Wheels flyer (2 copies)Pamphlet035106
Various AARP pamphlets concering the different offers provided Pamphlets035107
Samaritan pamphlet detailing its mission (2 copies)Pamphlet035108
Business card for Aging ServicesDocument035109
Chemung County Office for the AgingBooklet035110
Various pamphlets offered by RSVP to senior citizensPamphlets035111
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