March 21, 2021
Keep scrolling for info on:
  • Highlights from the Parent Meeting this past week
  • Regattas
  • Uniforms
  • Fundraisers
  • Boathouse Etiquette
  • Swim Test

  • Yard Sign Fundraiser - Orders due April 2
  • Practice Updates
  • Carpool Info
  • How to Join the REMIND text group.


Team Parent Meeting Updates
GV Crew held a parent information meeting on Thursday, March 18 at 7:30pm.

You can view the slideshow using the link below. There are also highlights here:
  • We have an amazing team of great kids and our largest team yet. But we also need to remember that we are a young team with only a handful of veteran rowers. Many are learning so it's important to be patient and also maintain a focused and attentive attitude. Yes, it's fun to be out on the water, but for safety reasons, everyone has to do their part. Rowers need to row without a lot of chatter, listen to directions from the coxswain and the coaches, and focus on your stroke. Coxswains follow directions from coaches and also direct rowers and steer the boat. Coaches provide instruction and guidance on all things crew.
  • Regattas - It is looking more likely that regattas will take place in some format, though they may not allow spectators. It is our goal to get every student the opportunity to compete in a regatta. One exception: 8th graders are "learn-to-row" only and are not eligible to compete. (Scroll down for tentative regatta dates)
  • Uniforms - we will have uniforms ready for purchase before the first regatta. Scroll down for more details on uniforms and please complete the SURVEY.
  • Fundraisers - We will be scheduling a few car washes and family restaurant nights as smaller fundraisers. We are also looking for anyone who has a connection to a local car dealer who might be willing to donate a functioning used car for a car raffle.
  • Boathouse - As we have moved to a boathouse owned by the Upper Merion school district, it's important to remember that we are sharing the space and to be considerate of other rowers. It is a complicated relationship that allows us to use their boathouse and we want to always remain on good terms with those we encounter at the boathouse.
  • Swim test - For those who still need to take the swim test, we will have one more test scheduled soon.

Linda Pipitone is our team treasurer and she is also the organizer for UNIFORMS. Please take this SURVEY ASAP if you will be needing to purchase a uniform.
If you will be missing a practice, please text Coach Ryan directly using the REMIND app.
We need your help! If you know someone with a GV Senior this year, please encourage them to purchase a customized graduation yard sign for our current fundraiser.

Send them this LINK to place an order:

Order are due APRIL 2nd!

Practice Update
This week, please let coaches know if you will be missing practices during spring break.

Monday, March 22 - Sunny and 61 degrees

Wednesday, March 24 - Cloudy and 61 degrees

Friday, March 26 - 72 degrees and chance of rain

Saturday, March 27 - Sunny and 63 degrees

GV Crew staff is NOT arranging carpools for you. We are providing this list to make it easier for you to contact others to pair up and form your own carpool. If you have trouble finding a carpool, please email me (Robin) at and I can put out a remind and help if needed.

Use THIS LINK to get to the EDITABLE Google Spreadsheet.
Read and follow the directions carefully.

*This list was created using the information provided by GVCO from current registrations as of Wednesday, 2/17. If you don't see your name on the list and you'd like to participate, I can add you (just let me know) or you can add yourself to the spreadsheet in the extra blank areas.
GV Crew Info Meeting
If you missed our ZOOM Meeting on Wednesday, February 3 for our Spring Season Information Session, you can view the slideshow here:

Get Text Updates with REMIND
REMIND is the #1 way to stay on top of what is going on
in GV Crew.

Besides reminders for certain events, this texting service is used by the coaches to give updates if a practice needs to be changed or cancelled on short notice.

Join the GV Crew REMIND group for Crew updates
& reminders via TEXT

To join, send @hfdbb to the number 81010

  • There is no experience necessary for you to row with us!
  • Boys & Girls Grades 8-12. Note: 8th graders can train and practice, but are not eligible to compete in the regattas.
  • There is NO TRANSPORTATION provided to practices or to regattas in Philly, NJ and DEL. There is a voluntary and optional parent-led carpool for those that want to participate.
  • PLEASE NOTE:  This is a competitive rowing team, we need your full commitment to all practices and regattas. We need the whole team at every practice to ensure we can get on the water ever day the weather conditions allow.
  • Registration fees cover many costs including boathouse rental, boat purchases and maintenance, insurance, and coaches salaries. We strive to fundraise and keep our fees low. We are proud to say that our fees remain lower than other comparable programs.

Regatta Calendar
All Regatta dates are tentative at this point due to Covid guidelines.
GV Crew will still train competitively and prepare for regattas and will also actively pursue other outlets for competition.

Philadelphia - Schuylkill River
Manny Flick #1 - April 11, 2021
Manny Flick #2- April 18, 2021
Manny Flick #3 - April 25, 2021
City Champs - May 1-2, 2021
Stotesbury Cup - May 14-15, 2021

Camden, NJ - Cooper River
Nationals - May 28-29, 2021

As you may know, we need "all hands on deck" to keep GV Crew "afloat".

All puns aside, please consider where you may be able to help. Below is a list of volunteers. Though the bigger roles are filled (Yay!), we will still need all families to contribute from time to time.

Program Director: JOHN BREWER -
The program director works closely with the coaches and the GV Crew Board of Directors to see that everything runs smoothly for GV Crew.

Marketing/Communications: ROBIN BREWER -
Sends newsletters, emails, and oversees social media and REMIND text messages.

Treasurer/Uniforms/Spirit wear: LINDA McCARTHY -
Keeps track of income and expenses and reports back to program director and GVCO. Also orders/sells uniforms and spirit wear. Thank you to previous treasurer, Pat McDonald!

Hospitality: YI-MING CHIU -
Coordinates refreshments and hospitality tent for regattas. Also, help plan other team events like start-of-season/end-of-season picnics. You will receive plenty of support from our amazing previous hospitality chairs, Allen and Laura Brinton.

Organizes parent carpool for team practices. Has done an incredible job for several seasons already!

Prepare team spotlight features for social media and newsletters. This is a new one, we are looking forward to a more personalized highlight of our team members! Thanks Vijaya!

Oversees several fundraisers for the team, including annual Blue Jean Ball.
We need a new chairperson, however, you will have a lot of support from our previous chair, Jen Grobe, as well as others who have helped in the past. Jen has done an incredible job for us in the past and we are so thankful!
COVID Safety Plan

Please read our COVID Safety Guidelines HERE.
Or you can download the PDF HERE
Email Updates
Would you like an additional email to receive our newsletter or would you like to unsubscribe? Email Robin at
Questions about GV Crew? Contact John Brewer at
For additions to the newsletter: Email Robin Brewer at
Up and Coming at GVCO
Fall Football:

Flag for grades K-1
Tackle for grades 2-6

Register now!
The Great Valley Football League is an instructional youth football league for kids in grades K-6. The purpose of the program is to create a fun experience for the kids, playing and learning the game of football while competing with their peers from the surrounding communities. We pride ourselves on creating a strong sense of community among our volunteers, parents and athletes throughout our season and beyond. We are looking forward to another season of football and cheer!

Please note, the early bird discount for tackle ends on April 14th at 5PM.

Great Valley Community Organization
GVCO Caring Hands is partnering with the Chester County Food Bank


SUNDAY, MAR 21st 12:30-2:30 pm
GVCO Field, 51 N. Bacton Hill Rd

Volunteers are signing up to decorate cardboard boxes used for the CCFB Senior Food Boxes to help brighten the recipient's day when they receive it filled with food for senior citizens in the county who have food insecurity!

GVCO will have the supplies - bring your creativity and joy of sharing.

Great Valley Caring Hands
Easter Fun Decor Sales to Benefit GVCO Caring Hands

On sale now! Just in time for Spring!

Fun Easter decorations to perk up your holiday!

WHEN: SAT. MAR 27th 10am - 1pm
WHERE: GVCO Field, 51 N. Bacton Hill Rd, Malvern

Proceeds for the Caring Hands Foundation are distributed to those in need in our community.
GVCO Project Update
Back in Action!

About one year ago, February/March 2020, we began the site work at the Bacton Hill site of our new GVCO Community Center. The timing of the start to the pandemic last year couldn’t have been more detrimental to the project. Like most of the world, GVCO had to shut down the project just as it had started. There are a host of things that need to “fall into place” in order to restart - from re-pricing to re-awarding, to reengaging the local and county authorities. And of course the weather. It appears that all of this is completed (including the winter months) and the community will see some progress in the coming weeks.

Go to to learn the entire picture where we are and what it is going to take to make this facility

The GVCO Future
See the Future GVCO Community Center
We need your help to finish what we've started! We will not get the necessary financing to complete the project without raising additional funds.

DONATE NOW to finalize the building of our brand new GVCO Community Center!

The time is NOW.... Together we can make it happen!
GVCO Sponsor Spotlight
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With ties to multiple GVCO programs and seasons, we are taking a stake in our community. We feel that the GVCO helps to give our children the opportunity to grow up as healthy, well adjusted leaders.  
We at Utopia Financial LLC would like to give back to the GVCO for all they’ve done for us. Mention that you saw Utopia Financial LLC at GVCO when you purchase or refinance, and we will donate 15% of our gross proceeds to GVCO.
Call us at 800-880-5771 or 484-443-5000, or visit us online at for more information and a free no-obligation consultation.
Does your company match employee gifts? It's a great way to maximize your impact!

List of companies with corporate matching gift programs. Please check your company policy.
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