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.

January Newsletter 2018

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The McKay Family
"To be frank," says James McKay, enigmatic and beloved long-time member of the GVBL community, "I was skeptical" about the new center at first. James admits he is cautious and reserved, but those who know him well recognize that this quiet demeanor is due to his thoughtfulness, kindness and generosity. And his wife Marty - if you sit next to her at a basketball or soccer or baseball game - will have you doubled over with laughter. Together with their sons Nathanael (16) and Seth (14), they are just the kind of family you expect to find at GVCO: active, friendly, and involved.
James and Marty have lived in Paoli for over a decade, and James grew up in Berwyn and attended Radnor High School. James is a self-employed home and building appraiser and Marty is a nurse and safety officer and Johnson Matthey. Their sons attend GVHS and are in 10th and 9th grades.
A few years ago, the McKays wanted to make their home special for their two boys, so decided to build a basketball court in their backyard - complete with concrete pad and glass backboards. (Don't tell Keith Walsh or Gary Tariaiol, but many a rec team training session was held on that court before playoffs when GVBL was closed for practice!) That court, along with the three bases and pitching rubber nearby, made their home a magnet for neighborhood kids. Marty and James love having kids over (though you'll need to check your child's pockets when they come home from the McKays'... Marty is likely to have filled those pockets with candy and treats!)
The McKays first became involved with GVCO through winter GVBL, when James coached both boys' rec teams. Marty was always the team mom, and called each boy "Honey" and liberally doled out money to the players for the snack bar. James coached both boys in winter and summer ball through 8th grade and feels he gained more than he gave. What they love about GVBL is what they know will be present at the new center: community. Seeing kids, parents and grandparents coming together and being active together is the vision that they support.
In fact, knowing what GVCO will bring to our aging population is what inspired James and Marty to make their generous donation. James watched his own parents become increasingly isolated as they aged, and feels that our new center will be a lifeline for many Great Valley Seniors. Though James was initially skeptical, he is "thrilled I was so very wrong, and we are glad to help make it happen." Marty and James "tip our hats to the visionaries that saw this through." No, Marty and James, we tip our hats to you! It is because of people like you, McKay family, that this center will be built, and will thrive.

The GVCO community would like to extend a sincere thank you to Chris Lackro and NuPrint Solutions for countless contributions to GVCO programs. Chris has been coaching GVFL teams since the program's inception in 2010, and serves on the GVFL board as equipment director.
Chris is the co-owner of NuPrint Solutions in Paoli. NuPrint provides innovative services in digital printing, commercial printing, website development, trade show graphics and promotional items.   NuPrint has provided numerous signs, programs, and marketing materials for GVCO and has been instrumental in the marketing of our capital campaign.
Please take a minute to thank Chris for his tremendous dedication. It is individuals like Chris and businesses like NuPrint that make it possible for GVCO to serve so many members of our community.


New Year's Resolutions for High School Students
Put Grades First
Take midterms and final exams seriously - they often have a huge impact on your final grade - and ask for help if you need it.
Manage Your Time Better, and Sleep More 
Set realistic deadlines for yourself, set aside specific times to work (with your phone away on "do not disturb"), and give yourself a bedtime.
Follow Your Passions - Especially in Extracurriculars
It's better to give 100% only to the things you love than to give 5% to twenty different activities when you only truly care about a few of them.
Know Your College Prep Timeline and Evaluate Your Goals
Every student should have an idea of their short- and long-term goals.
Believe in Yourself
If at any point you need help figuring out specific college prep goals for yourself, email us at info@myivyexperience.com or give us a call at (267) 888-6489 .

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If you have an event to include in our community corner,  please e-mail GVCO .  
Joan Giombetti joins GVCO staff.

On behalf of the GVCO Board of Directors I would like to welcome Joan Giombetti to GVCO as Director of Funding.  Joan has a strong background in the non-profit sector, bringing much needed expertise in securing funding through foundations, grants and matching gifts available to community organizations.  Her previous experience with database management, grant funding, volunteer recruitment/coordination, and organizational administration in the non-profit world is a great fit for GVCO as we move forward as a community organization here in Great Valley.
As GVCO continues to grow as an organization, the financial challenges also grow.  Developing additional sources of revenue and support is essential to the sustainability of the organization.  As we move into the new year adding Joan Giombetti to the GVCO team will help us reach some of the major goals we have set for our organization.
Keith Walsh-GVCO Executive Director
30 Day Challenge Update

A Big "Thank You" to our supporters who understand that Great Valley grows stronger when we come together as a community.  We raised $34,617 in 30 days!  2018 will be GVCO's best year yet!  Great Valley Neighbors - Every Dollar Counts. Make a pledge,  Get your name on this list and join us... 

Registration is closing SOON!

Registration for our spring lacrosse league is closing on January 21. For more information including practice times and game schedules, go to our  News and Updates page.

March Madness is right around the corner!
GVBL is now publishing a weekly newsletter, GVBL Around the Rim. It covers all of our programs as well as GVMS & GVHS. Check out all of the volumes on our News/Updates page. 

Our much anticipated annual fundraiser will be held on Friday, March 2 at the Desmond Hotel from 7:00-11:30 pm. This year the theme is March Madness Throwback Edition - "A blast from the past as we build our future!" Please save the date and consider becoming a sponsor or donating an item. The sponsor/donation form is available on our News/Updates page. Tickets will go on sale February 1st.

Caring Hands helps a local family in need.
During the holidays the Andraos family of Malvern suffered a devastating fire, seriously damaging their home.  GVCO Caring Hands went to work immediately and has raised $3,500 to help the family at this difficult time.  Thanks to all of our generous community supporters who have contributed to help out the Andraos family; here is another great example of how the Great Valley community steps up to help local families facing challenges.
Caring Hands will be at the GVBL Center February 2-4 and Feb 9-11, collecting donations for our annual Needy Families Campaign.  All donations will go towards gift cards from Giant & Target Caring Hands will donates to local families in need.

Crew! Try something different.

Are you ready for a change?  Are you ready to challenge yourself to try something new, exciting and different?  Join Great Valley Crew Team and see what rowing, coxing, and teamwork is all about!  
Spring 2018 Crew Season begins on March 2nd.  Register at gvco.org  check out our Instagram and Facebook pages as well.  #crewlife

Another successful challenger gym session!

Challenger concluded an awesome fall session in December thanks to seven amazing participants and a group of high school buddies that truly promoted our themes of fun, friendship, and movement. In addition to relay races and musical games, a favorite activity continued to be the parachute with even the quietest of kids becoming readily involved with parachute games!

Look for our next session coming up quickly!
Dates: March 7, 14, 21, April 4, 11, 18, 2018
Time: Wednesdays, 4:15-5:15

Contact Wendy Morris to register your child or to sign up as a high school volunteer!
Great Valley Volleyball League introduces a new coach.

We are happy to introduce GVVL's new coach, Janel Gluch. Janel is the head coach for Delaware Valley University Women's Volleyball and an alum of DVU's volleyball program. Janel played volleyball for 9 years and is from Hillsborough, NJ. Ms. Gluch works in pre-clinical research and is very excited to start coaching the Spring clinics for GVVL!

*For more information please contact  volleyball@gvco.org

Upcoming programs offered at Surrey Services.

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Class
Tuesdays, January 2 - February 6, 10:45 - 11:30
Free during the above listed dates thanks to grant funding. This is a low impact physical activity program proven to reduce pain and decrease stiffness. The class features gentle range of motion exercises suitable for every fitness level.
IPad & Tablets 101 $10
Thursday, January 11, 2 - 3:30
Want to learn how to do more on your tablet? Join us as we learn about different apps, settings, how to share pictures and more.
Anxiety vs Depression vs Dementia
Tuesday, January 16, 12:45 - 1:30
We all know someone who might have one or perhaps all three of the above named diagnosis. Learn more about these three conditions during a presentation by a Surrey RN Care Manager.
Chair Yoga for Positive Aging
Friday, January 26, 11 - 11:45
Free introductory class! Yoga and meditation are scientifically proven methods to reduce chronic pain; decrease stress and depression; improve memory and balance. This class combines gentle chair yoga stretches, balance exercises, breathing and mindfulness meditation.



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