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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
The Chemung Historical Journal, March 1999Journal030927
Gold Card Board of Directors Meeting minutes (handwritten), January 2000Document031001
Gold Card Board of Directors Meeting minutes (typed), January 2000Document031002
Gold Card Association Treasurer's Report, January 2000Document031003
Gold Card Board of Directors Special Meeting minutes, February 2000Document031004
Gold Card Association Treasurer's Report, February 2000Document031005
Gold Card Borad of Directors' Meeting Agenda, March 2000Document031006
Gold Card Board Meeting minutes (handwritte), March 2000Document031007
Gold Card Board of Directors Meeting minutes, March 2000Document031008
Gold Card Board of Directors contact information, 1999-2000Document031009
Gold Card Treasurer's Report, March 2000Document031010
Gold Card Board of Directors Meeting Agenda, May 2000Document031011
Gold Card Board of Directors Meeting minutes, May 2000Document031012
Gold Card Treasurer's Report, May 2000Document031013
Gold Card Board of Directors Meeting Agenda, September 2000 (3 copies)Document031014
Gold Card Attendance, September 2000Document031015
Gold Card Treasurer's ReportDocument031016
Gold Card Board of Directors Meeting Agenda, minutes, contact information, November 2000Document031017
Gold Card Board of Directors minutes (handwritten), November 2000Document031018
Gold Card Board of Directors Contact Sheet, 1999-2000Document031019
Letter from Pam Hawthorne to Bill Cieri, Peg Callas, Fran Weeks, and Bruce Flaherty regarding a special Gold Card Board Meeting, February 2000Letter031020
Memo from Pam Hawthorne to all Gold Card Board Members regarding an important meeting, March 2000Letter031021
Press release regarding Gold Card membership registration, July 2000Press Release031022
Gold Card Association Purpose, Problem, and RecommendationDocument031023
Gold Card Board of Directors Meeting Agenda, January 2001Document031101
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