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.

July Newsletter 2016
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Did you know you could put GVCO on your United Way donor form?

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The Bill McGarrigle Team at RE/MAX Main Line is a proud sponsor of GVCO!

Bill McGarrigle, an associate broker, has been selling real estate in our Great Valley Community for 31 years! Over those 31 years, Bill has been involved in over 1200 real estate transactions - truly bringing meaning to the slogan 'Experience is the difference'. In 2010, Bill's daughter, Meghan McGarrigle, joined him as the Operations Manager and lead Buyer's agent for the team.

Bill and his team are consistently recognized as a top producing real estate organization in Chester County and RE/MAX as a whole - including being ranked the 30th out of the top 100 residential RE/MAX agents in the nation for 2015 and being a multi-year recipient of the RE/MAX Diamond Club and Chairman's Club Awards.
The Bill McGarrigle Team at RE/MAX Main Line brings a tremendous amount of expertise and experience to your real estate transaction. Whether you're buying or selling a home, Bill and his staff are well prepared to help you successfully navigate the transaction process from start to finish!
Please visit www.billsells.com or www.zillow.com/profile/bmcgarrigle/ for more information about who they are and what they do! Please feel free to contact them at 610-640-9329 for a free home valuation or discussion about purchasing your new home in our area!
The June 23rd GVCO Board Meeting started out with a financial review of individual programs and the overall organization . Board members were pleased with the current financial status and will continue to monitor all programs quarterly. 

The GVCO Internship Program was reviewed. Currently Steven Wei, a senior at Temple University, is our college intern through  August 15th. The internship program is critical for the ongoing success of GVCO, and we look forward to continued cooperation with Temple University and Great Valley High School for future intern staffing.

The board reviewed initial plans for GVCO Awareness and Education programming,along with a proposed policy for community alliances.  GVCO continues to seek and foster relationships with external organizations that will benefit the Great Valley community.

Long time Board Member Ann Juliano will be stepping down from the GVCO Board to focus on her new role as President of the Foundation at Great Valley.  GVCO would like to recognize and thank Ann Juliano for her significant contributions to the organization.  We wish Ann the very best in her new role and look forward to continued cooperation with the Foundation at Great Valley.
Camps/Clinics at GVBL:

Future Stars GVBL Basketball Camp
July 18-22
Herb Magee "The Winning Shot" Camp
August 1-4
Volleyball Camp
August 8-11
Registration Opens Soon:

Competition Cheer
September 1
Winter Basketball
October 1

Steps 4 Hope 5K Run
Sunday October 16

Charlestown Day
Saturday September 24

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July 15, 2016 

Great Valley Junior Patriot Cheerleading began in 2010 with the establishment of the Great Valley Football League.  Under the direction of Kirsten Shawn, the league began with just thirty eight girls.  In 2011, the sideline cheerleading program more than doubled and in year three, they were into triple digits.  The program grew so quickly, the GVFL board often joked about renaming the league "Great Valley Cheerleading League" and football was simply an extension.  

In 2013, the first competition team was formed.  This was made up of athletes already participating in the sideline program.  The team was so dynamic and made such a strong showing throughout Chester and Delaware counties - in 2014 "Great Valley Competitive Cheerleading" was formally established under the GVCO.   With over a hundred athletes, several coaches and volunteers in the GVCO cheerleading programs - the spirit heartbeat of Great Valley can be heard everywhere!  Probably in "eight counts!"

In the spring of 2016, Kirsten was offered, and accepted, the head coach position at Great Valley High School.  In addition, Jamme Romanoff and Andrea Vaughn accepted Co-Director positions for the sideline program.  Under the direction of these ladies, the goal to "marry" the programs from Flag Cheerleading to Varsity Cheerleading has became a reality. High School aged cheerleaders will be provided the opportunity to mentor their younger "spirit leaders" and our younger generation will have a phenomenal group of athletes to look up to! 

There is a clear path in Great Valley for athletes to begin and stay involved in the sport of cheerleading. Of the 22 cheerleaders that made Varsity cheerleading at GVHS, over half of them got their start in our sideline program.  GVCO programming has so much to offer our younger athletes!  If you are searching for a feeder program into your future.....look no further!  

WE WANT YOU!   #dreamitbelieveitachieveit 

More information can be found on  gvfl.org and  gvcompcheer.com.

Kelly Prevost
GVCO Board of Directors
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Register Now - Practice Starts Soon! 

The Great Valley Football League still has opennings for the  2016 Fall season. GVFL welcomes children ages 5 through 13 and is made up of three programs: flag football, tackle football and sideline cheer. In 2016,  will start our seventh season and we expect to have over 200 children in our football and cheer programs.

All of our tackle football coaches are trained and certified in  Heads Up Football.  Heads Up Football is the new standard in football that teaches proper tackling techniques and focuses on player safety.

For girls who have not registered and are curious about cheerleading, we are hosting a YOUTH CHEER CLINIC.  The Youth Cheer Clinic will be held at GVBL on August 10th. This is a FREE clinic for athletes who would to check out what cheerleading is all about! Junior Patriot coaches will be there along with special guests, the Great Valley High School Varsity Cheerleaders! ALL ARE WELCOME.

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Caring Hands Kids Volunteer at KidFest and have a Community Garage Sale.

Caring Hands, a student run foundation, was hard at work this past June, donating their time to Duane Milne's KidFest.  Student volunteers set up food and drink tables in the cafeteria and served refreshments during the event.  Caring Hands also organized and hosted a community garage sale in Carlestown Hunt featuring home goods donated by 

THIS SATURDAY...Caring Hands will be hosting a car wash at Franklin Auto Spa. Simply pull in, get your car washed and Caring Hands gets 25% of the proceeds!
The foundation will be looking for new members at the middle and high school levels when the new school year begins. If you know a parent or student who would like to get involved in this great program, please don't hesitate to reach out!

Great Valley Crew...only 4 spots remaining for fall season!

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Don't miss out on our final volleyball camp for the summer!

The Great Valley Volleyball League (GVVL) Spring Clinics and Half-Day Summer Camp were huge successes, with over 116 players participating, and the camp sold out several weeks in advance.   


Don't miss out on our Full Day Camp running from August 8th through 11th, for both boys and girls entering Grades 7-12 in September.  The camp will be run by Samuel Ellis, the Head Girls Volleyball Coach at Great Valley High School, and Seely Beyer, a four-year player on the Penn State Women's Club Volleyball Team.


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Registration opens soon for Patriots' Competition Cheer.

Competitive cheerleaders have been hard at work over the summer working on their tumbling! Stay tuned for information on registration coming in mid August.

Volunteers Wanted - Help Establish Local Senior Programming

As indicated in our May 2016 newsletter, GVCO has teamed up with Surrey Services for Seniors (Surrey) to offer programs for local adults 55 and over.  While the details of this partnership are still being finalized, we are looking for community volunteers willing to offer their time and talents to help establish plans and direction to enable GVCO and Surrey to provide vibrant senior programming to our community.  The plan is to establish a GVCO Senior Programming Advisory Board.  If you are interested in becoming involved in this exciting community initiative, please e-mail GVCO

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GVBL summer league continues its success!

The GVBL Summer League continues its success with over 350 participants this season.  The summer league serves Great Valley youth from 1st to 8th grade.  This league has been playing games since mid June, and it is coming up on its final weeks.  Playoffs will begin starting July 28th, and we look forward to witnessing the competitive atmosphere. The Summer League provides a great stepping stone for individuals who seek experience and a way to improve their own skills.Thanks to all the coaches, referees, and volunteers that have made this possible!

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A special "Thank You" to our business sponsors!

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GVCO is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Great Valley Community Organization | [email protected] | http://www.gvco.org
19 N. Bacton Hill Road, Malvern, PA 19355
Tel: (610) 990-6168