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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 Advisory Committee (Interim Team), September 1982Document030424
Gold Card Advisory Committee Telephone trees, September 1982Document030425
Gold Card Newsletter Advisory Committee Agenda, September 1982Document030426
Gold Card Newsletter Advisory Committee (Interim Term, handwritten)Document030427
Letter from Milton Adams to the Gold Card Advisory Committee regarding September meeting minutes, October 1982Letter030428
Letter from Charles Russell to Gold Card Association members regarding the by-laws, December 1982Letter030429
Letter from Milton Adams to the Gold Card Advisory Committee regarding December meeting minutesLetter030430
Letter from Betty-Jane Loomis to Peg Callas, December 1982Letter030431
Record of minutes for the Chemung County Council of Aging, December 1982Document030432
Notes from Room Dev. Committee Meeting, December 1982Document030433
Volunteer positions opem for the Editorial Committee, December 1982Document030434
What is required of a Gold Card News EditorDocument030435
Senior Citizen Center and Advertisers in Gold Card NewsletterDocument030436
Other Senior Citizen Clubs who do not advertise regularly in the Gold Card NewsletterDocument030437
Letter from Charles Russell to Betty Biggs regarding the meeting room at Parley Coburn School, January 1983Letter030501
Letter from Julie Ann Ellison to Margaret Callas regarding the use of the Gold Card meeting room at Parley Coburn School, January 1983Letter030502
Gold Card Newletter Advisory Committee Agenda, January 1983Document030503
Executive Committee Meeting Notice, January 1983Document030504
Gold Card News, January 1983Newsletter030505
Resolution regarding William Cieri as Manager/Coordinator of the Parley Coburn joint Gold Card/Council on Aging facility, February 1983Document030506
Letter from William Cieri to Carl regarding the decrease in the Gold Card Newsletter budget, June 1983Letter030507
Letter from James Carter, Superintendent of Schools, to Sister Juliana O'Hara regarding the decrease in funding for the Gold Card Newsletter, June 1983Letter030508
Letter from William Cieri to Carl regarding the decrease in funding for the Gold Card Newsletter, June 1983Letter030509
Gold Card Board of Directors-Contact InformationDocument030601
Gold Card Board Meeting minutes, February 1986Document030602
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