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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 Association Scrapbook, 1968-1987. Scrapbook000001
Binder of Gold Card News, 1993-2000.Newsletters000002
Gold Card Association membership rolls and dues notebook, 1996-2003.Notebook010001
Gold Card Association board meeting records binder, 1981-1988. Records010002
Gold Club Association board meeting records binder, 1985-1988.Records010003
Gold Card Association board meeting records, 1987-1994. Records010004
Gold Club Association board meeting records, 1993-1998.Records010005
Gold Card Association corporate records, 1993-1998.Records010006
Gold Card Association board meeting records, 1999.Records010007
Gold Card Association meeting, July 1999.VHS cassette020001
Elmira new teacher interviews, February 26, 2007. (part 1)VHS Cassette020002
Elmira new teacher interviews, February 26, 2007. (part 2)VHS Cassette020003
Gold Card Association scrapbook, 1973-1983.Scrapbook020004
Binder of Gold Card News, 1968-1975.Newsletters020005
Binder of Gold Card News, 1975-1979.Newsletter020006
Binder of Gold Card News, 1980-1989.Newsletters020007
Binder of Gold Card News, 1989-1992.Newsletter020008
DVD of images from the Gold Card Open House, May 6, 2005. (2 copies)DVD020009
CD with drivers for HP LaserJet 2100 printer.CD020010
Minutes and By Laws of the Gold Card Association, Inc., 1970 (4 copies)Document030101
By Laws of the Gold Card Association, May 2003 (5 copies)Document030102
Gold Card Contributors, February-March 2004Document030201
Gold Card Budget Estimate, (2 copies)Document030202
Gold Card Association invitation to Twentieth Anniversary Celebration, 1988Invitation030203
Gold Card Association, Plans for Twentieth Anniversary Celebration, April 1988Document030204
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