Fonds jhse-61 - Jewish Drop-in Centre fonds

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Jewish Drop-in Centre fonds

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Golden Age Club; Jewish Senior's Drop-in Centre

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JHSE jhse-61

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  • 1966-2010 (Creation)
    Jewish Drop-in Centre

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60 cm of textual records and other materials

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The Golden Age Club was organized under the auspices of the National Council of Jewish Women. Mrs. Rae Miller (President from 1954-1956) founded the Edmonton section, which originally met at the Beth Shalom Synagogue. Operating funds came from membership fees, annual donations by the NCJW Economy Shop and their annual Angel's Ball. By 1970, the group ceased being an exclusively NCJW project and became the Jewish Senior's Drop-in Centre, under the presidency of Hy Baltzan. At that time, the group purchased an apartment building located at 10052-117 St. From Ben Margolus, who lived in one of the apartments above. They used the basement for meetings, and rented out the apartments on top for revenue. Jewish Family Services became involved, eventually sponsoring programs for new immigrants. For a time, the Centre was also a beneficiary of Edmonton United Jewish Appeal. In 1992, a grant was obtained from the Provincial Community Facilities Enhancement Fund, and that, together with private funding, allowed the demolition of the old building and the construction of a new one on the same site. The newly-named Jewish Drop-in Centre, under the presidency of Alice Abells, opened its doors on May 16, 1993. The Centre provides programming for seniors including Adult Education, Holiday and Birthday celebrations, excursions, bridge, Mah Jongg and bingo, Mameloshen (Yiddish) Club, as well as serving lunch every Tuesday and Thursday.

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The Golden Age Club of Calgary was incorporated in Calgary, Alberta in 1951, two years after the Council of Social Agencies had determined the need for social activities for the city's senior citizens. In 1956 a recreation hall was built at 505-11th Street SW. The club sponsors a variety of events for its members, and since 1983 has been housed at 610-8th Avenue SE. The current building has a cafeteria, lounge, games room, crafts room, library, workshop and auditorium.

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The fonds consists of materials created by the Jewish Drop-in Centre from 1966-2006 and includes the following series: 1. Videocassettes (1993). Series consists fof 2 VHS videocassettes on the opening of the new building. 2. Bound Volumes (1970-1993). Series consists of two guestbooks from the opening of the old building (1970) and the new building (1993). 3. Plaques (1966-1982). Series consists of 7 plaques from the old building. 4. Miscellaneous (1968-2006). Series consists of miscellaneous textual items pertaining to the Drop-in Centre. 5. Newsletters (1995-2006). Series consists of newsletters from the Drop-in Centre to its membership. 6. Publicity (1963-2005). Series consists of newspaper clippings and other textual items. 7. Photos (1970-2005). Series consists of 81 photographs, 1 negative and 72 slides of members of the Drop-in Centre, the building and its events. 8. Nominating Committee (1990-2003). Series consists of minutes of the nominating committee. 9. Annual General Meetings (1990-2005). Series consists of minutes from the Annual General Meetings. 10. Board Minutes (1968-2004). Series consists of minutes of the Board of the Drop-in Centre. 11. Executive Minutes (1990-2004). Series consists of minutes of the Executive Committee. 12. Blueprints (1970). Series consists of blueprints of the old and proposed new, but not current new buildings. 13. Donations (1997-1999). Series consists of lists of donors and amounts to various Drop-in Centre projects. 14. General Correspondance (1995-2003). Series consists of general correspondance from and to the Board. 15. Program Committee (1994-2000). Series consists of minutes and correspondance of the Program Committee. 16. Senior's Residence Committee (1966-1985). Series consists of minutes and correspondance of the now defunct Senior's Residence Committee, a pre-cursor of the Beit Horim Society. 17. Miscellaneous Speeches (1997-1999). Series consists of speeches made by past Presidents of the Drop-in Centre. 18. Teas (1994-2000). Series consists of lists of donors and guests and publicity for various Teas held in honour of individuals who volunteered at the Drop-in Centre.

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Includes 81 photographs, 72 slides, 1 negative, 2 bound volumes, 2 videocassettes, 7 plaques.

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Donated by the Jewish Drop-in Centre board members Robyn Sperber and Rae Dolgoy in 1999, with further accruals to collection in 2006.


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  • The material is in English.

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Additional material on the Jewish Drop-in Centre may be found in the First Century of Jewish Life Editorial Committee fonds held by JAHSENA.<br><br>Record No. DIC.99.1<br><br>

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