Our Mission Statement: The Great Valley Community Organization helps build a strong, vibrant and connected community by providing facilities, activities and programs enriching the lives of all local residents.

November Newsletter 2017

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Beth Fuhr
Having lived in Paoli for almost 50 years, Beth Fuhr has a unique perspective about what makes the Great Valley great: community. It's the word that kept coming up as she talked about raising her daughters here, working and volunteering here, watching her grandkids grow up here, and choosing to downsize after retirement here. What Beth loves about Great Valley is the community, and that's what has her so excited about the new GVCO Center.
Beth fondly remembers her days "making friends with other parents, and kids making friends with other kids" at the ball fields in Malvern. Getting involved in the little league and the schools was the way Beth connected and created the village she wanted for her three daughters. She always told them, "everybody knows everybody in Malvern, so if you do something bad, I'm going to hear about it!" She immediately felt that sense of community when she first walked into the GVBL center in 2007 to watch her grandson play in the 1-2 basketball division. She loves the "energy" of GVBL (and later GVFL and now Crew!)... and watching a boys' game (followed by a girls game) and seeing all the other kids on the sidelines, dribbling a ball and watching their friends play. She has loved meeting other grandparents and parents and seeing the connectedness among the three generations. It reminds her of her days as a young mom, and showed her that GVCO is providing that "village" for her grandkids that she so heavily relied upon when raising her own girls here.
While Beth admired the sense of warmth and connection at GVBL, it was hearing about the extensive plans and programming that the new Center will provide that made her excited to donate to the capital campaign. She is thrilled to be supporting Great Valley's future generations with the awareness programming, senior offerings, new sports programming and the potential for so many other community-related offerings that made her a believer. She wants to be part of making a better future for Great Valley. This is Beth's home, the friends she has made here have "become [her] family" and she is proud to add her name to the list of GVCO supporters.
Beth is so enthusiastic about GVCO's plans that she has volunteered to be part of GVCO's newly-formed Senior Committee. "The new center will bring the Great Valley community together...and I am happy to be part of that community-building energy. And I can't wait to get involved!" Thanks to Beth for being a part of our loyal and generous Grandparent Gang!

"DJ A.J."  Santini has been providing music for GVCO and it's programming for almost a decade. He has been the musical genius you've come to love at GVFL home games and the fall festival.  The mastermind behind the numerous cheerleading mixes and competition routines and last but not least; award banquets and dance parties.  A.J. has been a fabulous resource to our organization and an absolute pleasure to work with.  His dynamic personality shines through his musical talent.  

Call Santini Sound today to book an event.  


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GVCO Implements a Board of Directors

In January 2017 the GVCO Board of Directors unanimously voted to reorganize our GVCO Board. The strategic decision was to move away from a "working board", which was how we had operated since the inception of the organization in 2001. It was determined that GVCO would be best served by taking a more traditional approach as we continue to grow the organizations programming and facilities. The focus for our GVCO Board will be on its fiduciary responsibility of managing our nonprofit with respect to philosophy, funding, compliance and staffing.
GVCO will continue to be "run" and advised by community volunteers, serving on our Advisory Board, Program Boards, as coaches and on numerous committees. GVCO's mission will continue to be a volunteer organization overseen by the community.
Please go to our Board of Directors Bio Page to learn more.
Keith Walsh, GVCO Executive Director

The Great Valley Community Organization is thriving and looking to grow! Our current facility has been sold and this is our final GVBL season at 19 Bacton Hill Rd. Fortunately, plans are under way to build a 40,000 sq. ft. community center right next door in 2018.

This project is not fully funded and we need your support! Wondering how you can contribute? We encourage you to visit the  GVCO campaign website  for more details on the project, including a list of supporters and an amazing  virtual walk-thru  of the proposed new facility.   If you support our vision and mission and truly care about our future,  Make a pledge today!  Your support through a donation means the world to us. We simply can't do this without you and the future of GVCO depends on it! 

Girls youth lacrosse beginning in the spring.

Registration is NOW OPEN for Great Valley Girls Youth Lacrosse.  This program will be offered for Kindergarten through 8th Grade girls residing in the Great Valley School District.  The season will run from late March - early June.  No prior lacrosse experience is necessary to play. Please visit us at our homepage  for more details.   Registration closes JANUARY 5th so don't delay! We will need volunteers to get this program running!  We are run 100% by volunteers.  If you would like to get involved with the program in any way please email us at lacrosse@gvco.org

Another Successful GVFL Season in the Books!

Thank you to all our athletes, parents and volunteers for a great season! We hope to see you next year. 
A big "congrats" to our teams that competed in the Annual Bert Bell Cheer Competition!

In case you missed it, here is the  link to our 2017 Highlight Video.

New Leadership for Caring Hands in 2017-2018.
The Great Valley Caring Hands was created for the purpose of raising funds for those persons, families, or organizations in our community who have suffered some catastrophic event. Caring Hands is a student-run community outreach program. We were able to form a new leadership group for the 2017-2018 year and they have taken over!  Caring Hands volunteers were involved in and assisted with several local events including Steps4Hope 5k Run/Walk and Duane Milne's 50+ Expo. The group was able to raise money through fundraisers including GVHS Patriot's Day, face painting at GVFL's Patriots' Day and a bake sale at the GVBL Picture Day!  Follow Caring Hands News and Updates for future events.

Caring Hands volunteers at Steps4Hope.

Registration for GVBL winter league is OPEN!
Registration is currently open for our GVBL High School League for boys in grades 9-12 living in the GVSD. The league will run from early December until early March on Monday & Wednesday evenings.  

Registration is also open for Junior Hoopsters. Junior Hoopsters is designed to introduce pre-K & kindergarten (4-6 year olds) girls & boys to the game of basketball. For more info, go to our information page.

Our Winter Rec League for 1st-8th graders is off to an impressive start with more than 650 players this year! The Round Robin, for grades 1-2, is scheduled for February 17th and Playoffs, for grades 3-8, will run February 20th-March 4th.

Please save the date for our much anticipated annual fundraiser. March Madness Throwback Edition - "A blast from the past as we build our future!" will take place on Friday, March 2, 2018 from 7:00-11:30 at The Desmond.

Draft weekend 2017!

Annual Crew Fundraiser to be held on December 2.

Purchase tickets on our  News and Updates Page.

Introducing our 2017-18 Competition Cheer Team!

You can expect exciting things from this team so stay tuned as we kick off our season at Haverford High School on January 6th.
Come join Challenger Gym fall session!

It was another great start to GVCO's Challenger Gym Winter Program! We saw plenty of familiar faces and even a couple new ones. With the generous help of ten Great Valley High School Student volunteers, Challenger Gym has been a wonderful experience for our seven current participants in the opening two weeks. We can't wait to see more! 

If you are interested in signing your child up as a participant or if you would like to become a high school volunteer, please email us.
Great Valley Volleyball League is looking for new coaches.

Great Valley Volleyball League is looking for new coaches!
This is a great opportunity to help young children in your community learn the game and enhance their skills.
Experienced players and coaches are encouraged to apply!
*For more information please contact volleyball@gvco.org




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19 N. Bacton Hill Road, Malvern, PA 19355
Tel: (610) 990-6168