September 28, 2020
Boathouse Update
Who knew that our biggest challenge this season would not be COVID, but access to the river? Due to unfortunate delays to the repair of the dock at the Trinsey Boathouse in Bridgeport, we are trying to arrange rowing out of our old boathouse, WYRA in Wilmington, for the month of October, beginning with Friday, October 2. We realize that this is a bit farther than we planned for this season, but we hope that just getting on the water will be worth the trip.

For those who are new, WYRA is near the Amtrak station in Wilmington Delaware.
Address: 500 E Front St, Wilmington, DE 19801

Practices will be:
3:45-6:15 M-W-F
and 10-1 on Saturdays

Regarding this change of plans, we need all families to answer this SURVEY by end of Tuesday, September 29.

Need to Carpool? Enter your email in the survey and we'll start a group email for those looking to partner up.

Preparing to get on the water...
As the weather turns cooler and the rowers get on the water, here are a few tips to prepare for practices:
  • Wear a few tight layers
  • No large, loose garments that may get caught in moving parts
  • Bring thick, warm socks (plus a dry pair for the ride home)
  • Bring a reusable water bottle
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses for sunny days
  • Tight fitting hat or headband that covers the ears for colder days
Fundraising Update
Thank you to all who joined our Fundraising meeting on September 22! We had a great brainstorming session and have a big announcement: Meg Joy and Theresa Friedman have volunteered to Co-Chair the Fundraising Committee!

Fundraising News:

The car wash was a huge success, raising $1065! We may schedule another one soon if weather looks like it will cooperate.

Crew Families: Please consider items/services that you can donate for an online auction this Fall. We don't want to ask too much of our business partners like we have in the past as we know many businesses are struggling right now. Any donations and ideas, please send to:
Theresa Friedman -
and Meg Joy -
Volunteer with Great Valley Crew
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 volunteer opportunities. You can fill an open spot (we'll help you) or you can contact someone on the list to see if they need help. When certain events, we'll put out another call for more specific opportunities to volunteer.

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: OPEN
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
Great Valley Community Organization
GVCO Fall Flag Football
GVCO Flag Football is off to a great start!

GVCO K-1 Flag welcomed new players this past weekend and the kids worked hard on learning new skills.

GVCO HS Co-Ed League has 5 teams enjoying the fresh air and friendly competition! Thanks to GVFL alums for staffing and reffing the games.

For more information:
GVCO Sideline Cheer
GVCO Sideline Cheer is back with new Fall 2020 Programs under the leadership of Stefanie Robinson.
    Flag Football Cheerleading Squad for children in grades K - 1
    Cheerleading Clinics for youth in grades 2 - 6

GV Sideline Cheer is an instructional cheer league for kids, ages 5 through 13 for beginners to experienced cheerleaders.

For more information:
GVBL Winter League 2020-21
GVBL winter basketball 2020-21 registration is OPEN!!!

GVBL Winter Rec League is for boys in grades 1-8 and girls in grades 1-6.

As we have closed the GVBL Center and await our new GVCO Community Center, games and practices will be held at numerous other local facilities in the area. With limited space and fewer roster spots, we expect divisions to fill and close early, so register now!

All players, new or returning, must attend a skills assessment session in mid-October to help GVBL ensure fair & balanced teams. Each division focuses on appropriate age level skills to help the athletes improve while showing good sportsmanship.

If your child does NOT attend a Great Valley school, St. Patrick's, Malvern Prep or Villa Maria, please contact for further instruction BEFORE registering.
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
Chuck Barbera Team of Realtors/ RE/MAX Partners with GVCO in "Realtors Giving Back"!

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!

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.
Great Valley Crew