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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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Letter from Charles Russel to the Gold Card Advisory Committee regarding the minutes of a luncheon meeting, December 1981Letter030310
Discussion paperDocument030311
Letter from Charles Russell to Gold Card Newsletter committee and potential committee members regarding a luncheon meeting, February 1982Letter030401
Letter to the Gold Card Advisory Committee regarding Ad Hoc Committee report, March 1982Letter030402
Gold Card Newsletter Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda, March 1982Document030403
Discussion page on Newsletter expansion, content, and fundingDocument030404
Letter from Milton Adams to the Gold Card Advisory Committee regarding March meeting minutes, March 1982Letter030405
Letter to the Gold Card Advisory Committee regarding a meeting, includes contact information, April 1982Letter030406
Letter from Milton Adams to the Gold Card Advisory Committee regarding April meeting minutes, May 1982Letter030407
Gold Card Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda, May 1982Document030408
Letter from Betty-Jane Loomis to Charles Russell regarding meeting room space at Parley Coburn School, May 1982Letter030409
Letter from Milton Adams to the Gold Card Advisory Committee regarding May meeting minutes, June 1982Letter030410
Note from Betty-Jane Loomis regarding a Gold Card Advisory Committee Meeting, June 11Letter030411
Letter from Charles Russell to Marian Hollands regarding the publication of the Gold Card News, June 1982Letter030412
Letter from Charles Russell to Betty-Jane Loomis regarding the Gold Card Newsletter, June 1982Letter030413
Gold Card Newlsetter Advisory Committee Agenda, June 1982Document030414
Letter regarding budgetary problems, June 1982Letter030415
Letter from Milton Adams to the Gold Card Advisory Committee regarding June meeting minutes, July 1982Letter030416
Gold Card Newlsetter Advisory Committee Agenda, July 1982Document030417
Letter from Milton Goldsmith to AARP regarding loss of employment funding for the elderly, July 1982Letter030418
Letter from Milton Adams to the Gold Card Advisory Committee regarding July Meeting minutes with contact information, August 1982Letter030419
Gold Card Newsletter Advisory Committee Agenda, September 1982Document030420
Letter to Betty-Jane Loomis from Peg Callas, September 1982Letter030421
General Responsibilities for Groups Using Council for the Aging/Gold Card RoomsDocument030422
Gold Card Newsletter Advisory Committee contat information, September 1982Document030423
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