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.

March Newsletter 2017
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Did you know you could put GVCO on your United Way donor form?

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Though you might not recognize the Lubker Distribution name, this family owned business has been supplying the areas manufacturing facilities with all the nuts, bolts, and small parts that collectively hold together the everyday items you are accustomed. 

In addition to the wholesale business, Lubker Distribution has recently launched an e-commerce tool and supply site www.proferred.tools. The e-commerce site offers professional quality tools and supplies to the retail market - at wholesale pricing. All tools are shipped from their facility in West Chester, freight is prepaid on orders over $25.00, and tools come with a limited lifetime warranty against manufacturer defect. 

As a special bonus to our readers, Lubker Distribution and www.proferred.tools is offering the GVCO community an extra 5% off on all on-line tool and supply sales. Enter promotion code WRENCHY5 to receive your discount! 

Though just 15 years young, Lubker Distribution and the www.proferred.tools e-commerce site have been privileged to serve many of the leading local and tristate manufacturing companies. They continue to expand their products and services and continue to invest in the people of the community. 

Visit them on the web at www.lubkerdist.com to learn about their wholesale distribution company, or www.proferred.tools for all your hand tool and supply needs.

In January of 2017 the GVCO Board unanimously voted to restructure the organization. The GVCO organization will continue to be run by a group of dedicated volunteers making up the GVCO Advisory Board. Keith Walsh has assumed the role of Executive Director, undertaking the role of managing the organization. In the 2 nd quarter of 2017 the fiduciary oversight of the organization will be assigned to a newly formed Board of Directors. The new structure of the organization will provide the necessary alignment to assist GVCO as we transition into the coming years.

GVCO is always seeking volunteers to lend their time and talents to help us better serve the community. Please contact GVCO if you can provide volunteer assistance.


Youth Theater Program

Carousel Arts Consultants has announced plans for their summer musical, The Wizard of Oz. 
The program is open to boys and girls ages 5-18 and is being held at The Grange in Malvern, PA. 

Hoop Fitness Class

Jenelle Madeline Parks
Hula Hoop Instructor
Hoop fitness class 
GVBL Center
Tuesdays 1:00-2:00 pm
March 14 -  April 25
$15 drop in or $80 prepay


Temple School of Sport, Tourism & Hospitality is offering discounted Union tickets. Click here to purchase.

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Surrey Night with the Sixers!  
March 29, 2017

Jonathan Moules Memorial Foundation

Charlestown Township website


Visit their website for upcoming events.

East Whiteland Township Blood Drive April 11, 2017

Join the Relay for Life!
Relay for Life at Great Valley

Foundation Great Valley
Take a Swing for Students Event Monday June 19, 2017

Check out the website for upcoming events and news.

"ACT or SAT?" Ivy Experience can provide free diagnostics.

Visit the VFES website for information on their Community Day April 29th

Carousel Arts Consultants
Check out Carousel Arts Consultants

If you have an event to include in our community corner,  please e-mail GVCO .  
Lots to celebrate as another GVBL winter season come to a close.

Another great season of GVBL basketball has come to an end.  What seemed like a long season in the fall wrapped up recently. Over 800 boys and girls from ages 4 to 18 had fun playing with their friends while proudly wearing the GVBL logo. Too many things to highlight, but here are a few:


The playoffs saw parents, grandparents and fellow classmates pack the GVBL Center. There is nothing more exciting than seeing close GVBL games at year end, with overtime battles, buzzer beaters and players/fans storming the court.  


The Great Valley High School boys basketball team advanced to the PA State Basketball Tournament, finishing with 20 wins. All of these athletes played for many years in GVBL. Fantastic players, but more importantly great young men with bright futures.


Our 2017 annual fundraiser, GVBL March Madness, was held at The Desmond Hotel on March 3rd, with 300 GVCO supporters enjoying a great evening. It was  nice to see former GVBL players from 15 years ago, parents of past GVBL participants, and current parents/coaches turn out for a good cause. This wonderful event, co-chaired and organized by Kellie Eisenhardt and Kelly McDaniel, was a rousing success, raising over $65,000 for GVCO programs. Special thanks to all of volunteers and sponsors, especially Allied Resources Group and The Desmond Hotel, for your generous support.
A special thanks to all volunteers who stepped up to coach, referee and do all the "little things" necessary to make GVBL run successfully.  We have a great group of parents who donate their time to coach and teach children kids the values of competition, sportsmanship and friendship.

Summer basketball at the GVBL Center is right around the corner; we look forward to seeing you there!

Gary Taiariol
GVBL President, GVCO Director

"March Madness" Final Four!
Volleyball Spring Clinic and Summer Camp Schedule


Once again GVVL will be offering a series of spring clinics and summer camps to provide opportunities for local children to develop their volleyball skills:
  • Spring Clinics - Mondays and Tuesdays from March 13 through May 16, 2017
  • Half-Day Summer Camp - June 26-29, 2017
  • Full-Day Summer Camp - August 7-10, 2017


Challenger Gym still looking for student volunteers.

Over the past 10 years, our winter and spring sessions have been able to generate a successful program providing fun, physical activities for kids in the Great Valley School District who have physical and/or other special challenges. Our Spring Session began on a high note, as we had 7 blissful kids participate in an hour of fun & games; along with 8 volunteers from Great Valley High School! Thank you to all who continue to assist with Challenger Gym - we still have space for some volunteers (15), so please contact Wendy Morris if you are interested.
Dates: Wednesdays, March 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 19
Time: 4:15-5:15

Contact Wendy Morris i f you are either interested in being a high school volunteer or if you would like to sign your child up to participate.
Youth Football Offers Many Benefits to Young Athletes

As our 2017 GVFL registration approaches in April 2017, many parents may be weighing the pros and cons of youth football. We hope that you will take a minute and read this short article from USA Football about the benefits of the sport. 

Cheerleading is a great way to get active!

We aren't sure why but cheer gets a bad reputation. Cheerleaders are often described negatively rather than serious athletes. Cheerleading requires athleticism, strength, flexibility, coordination, and dedication. With its great physical rewards, cheer is also a social, team-based activity that can help boost kids' self-confidence and leadership skills. Think about the benefits of cheerleading to help you decide if cheerleading is right for your child. Our sideline cheer program is a great way for kids to get active and get involved in the community. Look for a registration email coming in April.

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Caring Hands' Good Neighbors Campaign.
The Caring Hands Foundation is looking forward to a highly successful year helping out local Great Valley families! We have received very encouraging interest from our Great Valley middle schoolers looking to volunteer and we are excited to get them involved in the coming weeks and months.

Another awesome winter session of GVBL is in the books!
We hope everyone enjoyed the 2016/2017 GVBL winter season. Congratulations to the Clay's Bakery Mystics, Renehan Building Group Rockets, Hancock Building Associates Liberty, GVBL Pipers and GVBL Rangers on winning their division championships, along with the Orange capturing the High School League title in an overtime thriller.
While our winter league is over, our tournament teams are busy participating in tournaments spring clinics.In ICBA  playoff action, t he Power 8th grade boys defeated Norristown 59 to 46 to claim the ICBA Division 1 title. Congrats Power! GV 2022 were the runner's up for the ICBA Division 3 title and The Crush 6th grade girls made it to the semifinal of the ICBA Division 2 championship.

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GV Power! ICBA Division 1 Champions

Great Valley Crew selling a chance to win tickets to U2 show.

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Patriots Competition Cheer Continues to Improve.

Great Valley Competition Cheerleading continues to make a tremendous showing across Chester and Delaware counties.  Our athletes have participated in the Ridley Raider Challenge in early February, cheered their way through Pope John Paul on February 15 th and ended their regular season at the Kedron Spirit Classic on February 26 th .  We are hoping to make our way to Bel Air, Maryland for Cheer for Charity the last weekend in March.  This team has come so far this season.  Starting with only 4 consistent tumblers, the team now has 15.....yes, 15 tumblers.....and continues to work hard to increase not only their tumbling skills but to level up in stunting as well.  We are very, very proud of this teams accomplishments!


GVCO is extremely pleased to announce a partnership with Be a Part of the Conversation ("The Conversation") to address major issues in our community - substance use, misuse, and addiction.

The Conversation is a nonprofit organization that presents interactive programs shedding light on the impact of substance use.  Founded in 2011 The Conversation recently opened their office in the brand new Center for Families at 101 Phoenixville Pike in Malvern.  GVCO along with our partner Steps4Hope looks forward to collaborating with The Conversation to create a culture of awareness and support related to substance use, misuse and addiction and its impact on individuals and their families.

The Center for Families is a fantastic new resource for the Great Valley community, offering support groups, clinical therapy, and educational workshops focusing on young people and their families.

Check out an upcoming program - Media, Messaging & Youth: Living with technology and reconnecting with kids on Tuesday March 21, 2017 at the Center for Families.      
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A special "Thank You" to our business sponsors!

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GVCO is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
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19 N. Bacton Hill Road, Malvern, PA 19355
Tel: (610) 990-6168