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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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Gold Card Association members and contact informationDocument030230
Summertime break letterLetter030231
Gold Card Association Advertsing Subcommittee report, February 1994Document030232
Letter to Adrian VanAlstine of the Wesleyan Church Senior Group from Earl Barfoot of the 'Senior Notebook,' May 1994Letter030233
Letter from Samuel David, Director of the Chemung County Office of the Aging, regarding the Long Term Access Bill, 1994Letter030234
Flier for the notice of a special meeting for Gold Card Board and ex Officio Members, June 1994Flier030235
Procedures for Screening AdvertisersDocument030236
Request for use of Gold Card Association roomDocument030237
Policy Governing Use of Gold Card Meeting RoomDocument030238
Letter from Francis Weeks to AARP members on the Health Care Reform, January 1992Letter030239
Letter from Bill Cieri to Gold Card Board Members on committee responsibilities, October 1992Letter030240
Letter to the media from Chemung County Senior Games Committee on an Organizational Meeting, November 1992Letter030241
Article IV-CommitteesDocument030242
Treasurer's Report-Gold Card Association for March-April 1992Document030243
Elmira City School District Board of Education Resolution and contact informationDocument030244
Gold Card Board of Directors contact informationDocument030245
Community Education Report, January 1980Document030301
Letter from the IRS, May 1981Letter030302
Letter from Debra Kopanski, Chemung County Office of the Aging, to Mrs. Peg Callas, Advisor of the Gold Card Association regarding Countrywide Inventory of services for the elderly, November 1981Letter030303
Speadsheet for Gold Card Association Services, 1980-81Document030304
Spreadsheets for the Gold Card Association servicesDoument030305
Letters from Rev. Fridolin B. Tschudy, November 1981Letter030306
Letter from C.T. Russell to Gold Card Newsletter Advisory Committee regarding a luncheon meeting, November 1981Letter030307
Letter to James Waters regarding mileage records, December 1981Letter030308
Letter to the Gold Card Advisory Committee from Betty-Jane Loomis regarding additional members for the committeeLetter030309
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