February 17, 2020
Practices begin this Wednesday, Feb. 19!
3:45-6:15 at WYRA Boathouse
500 E Front St., WILMINGTON, DEL 19801.
New to Rowing? 
What to expect, wear and what you need to bring with you:
  • Sessions will usually be rain or shine. If a practice will be cancelled, you will hear about it via text from our REMIND group. Join the group by texting @hfdbb to 81010.
  • Rowers should be prepared for all conditions: hot, cold and wet.  
  • Most days will be on the water, wear sunscreen and a hat for protection. Layers are good. On rainy days, rowers should have a pullover waterproof jacket. Unless the coach deems water conditions unsafe due to heavy flow and debris, we will row in the rain.
  • All participants should come prepared to work out, with close-fit clothing that allows full range of motion.  Stretch/yoga pants or compression shorts are ideal, jeans and basketball shorts are not.
  • Please wear sneakers for fitness training/running. You will want to pack an extra pair of socks.
  • Please do not bring cell phones or jewelry on the water. 
  • Bring a non-disposable water bottle for use in the boat every day
  • Please pack a healthy snack for before practice.
  • If you are new to the team, you will need to complete the swim test which requires two laps and five minutes treading while wearing sweat shirt and pants. Test will likely take place at UMLY during the first week of March, exact date/time TBD.

Still need to register? It's not too late...
Important Action Item
All families: please fill out this regatta schedule spreadsheet ASAP to mark your availability. Click HERE for the spreadsheet. If you do not see your name on the list and believe it is an error, please email gvcrewm@gmail.com
Regatta Schedule
Manny Flick 1 - March 15 - Schuylkill
Manny Flick 2 - March 22 - Schuylkill
Manny Flick 3 - March 29 - Camden
Manny Flick 4 - April 5 - Schuylkill
Manny Flick 5 - April 19 - Schuylkill
City Champs - May 2 - Schuylkill
Stotesbury - May 15th & 16th - Schuylkill
National Champs - May 22 & 23
Important Dates - Mark Your Calendar
  • First Practice - Weds, Feb 19

  • Open House Dates for interested new rowers - Feb 24, 26, 28 & 29

  • March 2 - Registration deadline for new rowers
For those who signed up for carpool by filling out the google form emailed from Allyson Babcock, look for an email coming soon with the carpool schedule.

With our high school seniors graduating in June, it’s time for us to begin the transition our regatta responsibilities to new crew families. You’ll find these roles to be very rewarding in terms of building relationships with other crew parents and understanding the inner workings of the team. Allan and I have formed many great friendships within the crew community as a result.

Please contact me (Laura Brinton) at 610-574-5045 or laurasbrinton@gmail.com if you’re interested.

Regatta and Hospitality Coordinators
Volunteers Needed: 2
This role is responsible for regatta operations, including planning for hospitality, managing the tent and chuckwagon, and obtaining the required permits. On regatta day, this role ensures proper setup/teardown and coordinates food prep and grilling. 

Dawn Patrol and Chuckwagon
The Dawn Patrol and Chuckwagon roles are necessary for our ability to have a hospitality tent at regattas. In the past, the Chuckwagon Driver also participated on Dawn Patrol, but this is not an absolute requirement.

Chuckwagon Drivers
Volunteers Needed: minimum of 2
Transport the hospitality trailer (aka chuckwagon) to and from regattas on race day. Drivers need to be available early morning, usually between 6:00 - 6:30am. Race sites include the Schuylkill River near Boathouse Row, Cooper River, and, on occasion, Mercer Lake in Princeton. Must be able to back the wagon into congested areas. Ideally, the driver is available to transport both to and from the race site, but this could be a shared responsibility if coordinated in advance.

Dawn Patrol Team
Volunteers Needed: minimum of 4 - 5 
Assists with set up of the hospitality tent on race day. A team of 3 - 4 people is ideal, and we typically arrive on site before 7am. Set up takes approximately an hour. The fall season is 5-6 regattas in October and November, most often on Saturday. The spring season is 6-7 regattas between March and May, most often on Sundays. 
You can access the calendar HERE.
Questions about GV Crew? Contact John Brewer at gvcrewpd@gmail.com
For additions to the newsletter: Email Robin Brewer at gvcrewm@gmail.com
GVCO Sponsors
The Chuck Barbera Team of REALTORS/ RE/MAX Partners with GVCO in “REALTORS Giving Back” Program

Over the next year, for anyone who contacts the Chuck Barbera Team at RE/MAX Fine Homes and signs them to serve in the purchase or sale of their next home, GVCO will receive 10% of the real estate commission received!

Just mention the "REALTORS Giving Back" Program and GVCO in order to qualify for this generous donation to GVCO. Refer friends and family to the Chuck Barbera Team at RE/MAX Fine Homes as well!

Great Valley Community Organization
Toss & Tailgate 2020
Join us for the Annual GVBL Fundraiser!

When: March 6, 2020
Where: The Desmond Hotel

Huge Cornhole Tournament, Wine/Booze Toss, Beer Pong Challenge, Live & Silent Auctions, Great Food & Drinks.

Online ticket and auction bidding through the OneCause app. Buy your tickets today before the Early Bird Special ends!
Toss & Tailgate 2020 Auction: Eagles Suite Tickets
Fly, Eagles, Fly!

4 Box Suite tickets to a Philadelphia Eagles game vs. the Dallas Cowboys!!

*Sponsored by Allied Resources

Come Out and Get Pumped Up for Toss & Tailgate 2020!!
Date:  Friday, 2/21
Time:   6:30pm-9:30pm
Where:   Locust Lane Craft Brewery

Get ahead of the Toss & Tailgate competition and practice your cornhole!

Surprise Guest Bartenders at your service!

All tips and 1st 10oz pour per guest will be 100% donated to GVCO.

Come for a fun night out to support GVBL!
Toss & Tailgate Auction Item: Hard Rock Punta Cana
Wouldn’t it be nice to get away to a sunny beach for a few days?

Toss & Tailgate 2020 is very excited to announce this auction item!

A 3 Night All-Inclusive Vacation for a family of 4 to Hard Rock Punta Cana!

*Sponsored by The Tropical Travelers

Donate Bottles for Toss & Tailgate 2020 Wine/Booze Toss!
We will be collecting  bottles of alcohol of all kinds  from  6:30pm-9:30pm  at the Locust Lane "Pre Event" for our annual  Toss & Tailgate 2020 fundraiser !

This is a great way to give back to the community!

Spring Volleyball Clinic Sign Ups
The GVVL Clinics are designed to offer instruction at both the beginner and advanced levels. Clinics are open to boys and girls in grades 1-12.

$130 per session until March 9th; $135 after
$230 for both sessions until March 9th; $240 after

Two eight week sessions are available:
Mondays:  Mar 16, 23,30. April 13,20,27 May 4 & 11 (No class April 6th - Spring Break for Great Valley schools) 
Thursdays:  Mar 19, 26. April 2,16,23,30 May 7 & 14 (No class April 9th - Spring Break) 

Challenger Gym open for Registration
Challenger Gym is an after-school program for school-age students of all grade levels with extra needs who might need a fun, non-competitive alternative to traditional community sports.

Dates:   Wednesdays, March 11, 18, 25, April 1, (no April 8), 15, 22
Time:  4:15-5:15 pm
Location  :  GVCO  19 N. Bacton Hill Road, Malvern, PA

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 Wendy Morris  challenger@gvco.org

GVBC Project Updates
Feb 11 2020: The entrance to the future GVCO Community Center has been paved, providing access to the site from Bacton Hill Rd.

Thanks to a generous donation of time and resources from Drew Alleva and Jon Bureski of Charlestown Paving, they were able to finish up before all of the rain.
Want a brand new GVCO Community Center with multiple courts, an outdoor field, a cafe, an elevated track and work out area, as well as multi-purpose rooms for other community programming, activities and events?

We have purchased the land, the property is fully engineered and the approval process is complete. The time is NOW.... Help us make it happen!

Give a little...GET A LOT!
GVCO has reached a major milestone & surpassed $2M raised for the new community center! The current total for the capital campaign is now  $2,293,121 !

Learn More:
Great Valley Crew