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.

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

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This past year Franklin Auto Spa became another proud supporter of GVCO, adding their name to a long list of local corporate partners to the organization.
Founded in 2012, Franklin Auto Spa set out to achieve one thing: to provide the finest premium service to help our customers protect the life and look of their car. Franklin's operations manager, Dominic Paranzino, has decades of experience in the auto detailing and car wash business. Under Dominic's leadership and vision the company has become a top notch customer service oriented business.
The staff is friendly and ready to inform you of what you need in order to keep your car in mint condition. It's no surprise that customers have voted Franklin on to the PHL17 Philly Hot List in 2013 and 2014, as well as the Daily Local News Reader's Choice award in 2014 and 2015. And most recently won the Best of Philly 2016 according to Philly.com. If you're looking to keep your car in pristine shape, all while receiving top of the line customer service, then look no further than Franklin Auto Spa in Malvern, PA. 

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GVCO welcomes two new board members!

Denise Kerns is the co-president and treasurer of Great Valley Crew Club, a competitive rowing team formed in December 2015.
Denise is currently working part-time in West Chester at Tegler McHenry & Associates, a local brokerage firm specializing in employee benefits consulting for mid-sized firms.  This new role and locality allows more time with her children and to pursue ventures with her children and in the community.    
Denise lives in Willistown with her husband, Andy and their four children. Denise enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, being outdoors, running, and going to MD on long summer weekends for boating, beaching and downtime with no wifi.

Muriel G. Kennedy is the Director of the Center for Healthy Living, at Surrey Services for Seniors inDevon, PA. She started in this position on October 27, 2015 and is responsible for the facility, hospitality, the fitness center, as well as the Surrey senior programming in the Devon center.

Since 2011, Muriel has been involved in an entrepreneurial senior living project with emphasis on co-development and participative living. Muriel held positions at Sunrise Senior Living and Freedom Village Community between 2014 and 2015 in order to expand her knowledge in the field.

Muriel enjoys her little farm in East Brandywine where she takes care of her two goats and chickens. In her free time she enjoys hiking, swimming, physical fitness, traveling, and reading. She loves spending time on the property gardening or walking and just being outside in nature.

Camps/Clinics at GVBL:

Volleyball Camp
June 27-30
Herb Magee Elite Shooting Camp
August 1-4
Girls' Fun Camp
July 5-8
July 11-15
UCA Cheer Camp
July 25-28 
Volleyball Camp
August 8-11

LAXJAM7 lacrosse clinic
June 4

Relay for LIfe on the Main Line
June 4

Malvern Memorial Day Parade
June 4

Friends of the Summer Stage Calendar

Foundation Great Valley
June 20
Go Wilma! Park Party
June 14

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

Duane Milne "KIdFest"
June 18
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May 15, 2016 

For the past 8 years GVCO has hosted a fantastic activity called the Challenger Gym Program. Program organizer Wendy Morris runs two six week sessions in the spring and fall for special needs kids.  I wanted to share with the community a note Wendy recently passed along:
As the Challenger Gym Program completed another year, the number of memories are overwhelming:
  •  A typically very quiet girl talking non-stop to her high school buddy about everything from 'Dancing With the Stars' to the Phillies' spring training.
  •  A child overwhelmed by even the sound of loud talking, is laughing and taking charge during parachute play by shouting "Up! Down! Shake, shake, shake!", and everyone doing just as he instructs.
  • Discovering how a girl with a physical disability who needs assistance walking is also a truly gifted athlete. What an arm!
  • Three-point shooter? He stunned all of the high school assistants.
  • High school assistants running after very active children!
  • Freshmen basketball players talking about how the smiling, silent boy in school is so athletic, catching and throwing balls easily.
  • Sheer happiness that a high school assistant could come so quickly to understand the subtlety of communication in a child with a severe physical disability who is not able to speak.
Challenger Gym was designed to provide a community gym program for kids with physical and/or other special challenges. The emphasis is on having fun, providing physical activities in which the kids can successfully participate, and forging relationships between kids with special challenges and Great Valley High School buddies. While the program was created to fill a niche for kids who would have difficulty participating in traditional community sports programs,  the benefits to our high school students are also enormous. High school kids become comfortable working with kids with varied disabilities; these experiences will have a life-long impact on their interactions with people with differing abilities. It has been great to see the Challenger Gym Program become such a positive experience for all the children involved.

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GVCO Joins Forces with Surrey Services for Seniors

In an effort to better serve the entire Great Valley community, GVCO has teamed up with Surrey Services for Seniors to offer a range of active, vibrant programs for local adults 55 and over.  While the details of this partnership are still being finalized, the plan is for Surrey to utilize GVCO facilities to provide senior programming of interest to the community.  Muriel Kennedy of Surrey has joined the GVCO Board of Directors to help set the direction for GVCO senior programming.  If you would like to get involved in the early stages of this exciting community initiative, please e-mail GVCO


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Caring Hands Kids Donate Flower Pots to Rehab Center.

Caring Hands, a student run foundation, was hard at work this past April, supporting the local community and bringing smiles with the onset of spring. During the Easter holiday the group planted 88 donated flower pots with donated flowers from a local businessman and delivered them to the Chester Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center residents in Paoli. Caring Hands also donated three auction baskets to the Phoenixville Senior Center, through Edie Hartman, the center's Executive Director.
The foundation will continue to have a presents in the community this coming month at events like Kidsfest, hosting a car wash at Franklin Auto Spa and the Charlestown Hunt Spring sale.

GVFL is back and better than ever!

The Great Valley Football League is open for 2016 Fall registration. 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 250 children in our football and cheer programs.

In the short time that GVFL has been around, we are already seeing the success of the program. All three of our varsity teams made the playoffs last year. In addition, there are currently 30+ athletes on Great Valley's High School's football and cheer teams who participated in GVFL.  Come out and join us! 

On time registration open until June 1.
Late registration open through June 30 and subject to availability.

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GVBL summer league registration is open!

Our annual summer basketball league is open to Boys and Girls entering Grades 1-8 in the fall. The league runs for early June through the first week of August. No practices, each team will play approximately 2 games per week (Monday - Thursday evenings). 

On Time Registration: $100 until June 1st with guaranteed team placement
Late Registration: $110 after June 2nd and subject to closure

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The competition girls will be participating in the Relay for LIfe.

With community service as one of its core values, the Great Valley Competition Cheer team will once again be participating in the Relay for Life on The Main Line.  This year's relay will be held on Saturday June, 5, 2016 at Great Valley HIgh School. Stop by and test your luck at the ever-popular Patriot Plinko game.  All proceeds raised benefit the American Cancer Society.

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Our popular volleyball summer camps are back!

The Great Valley Volleyball League, now in its sixth year, continues to grow and set records with its participation! 

GVVL is wrapping up its spring volleyball clinics and looking forward to seeing everyone back for summer camp.


Session 1: June 27-30  Boys & Girls  Grades 4-12

Session 2: August 8-11  Girls  Grades 7-12

Click here for more information and to register.


Great Valley Crew concludes their inaugural season.

For the first time since Great Valley High School opened its doors in 1962, it has a crew club! The GV Crew Club competes on the Schuylkill River alongside our neighboring high schools as well as those from NY, NJ, DE and MD.  We conclude our season on May 20th at the Stotesbury Regatta, which is the largest high school regatta in the WORLD!

Be a part of the Great Valley Crew Club this fall. The fall team is open to students in and around the Great Valley area who are entering grades 8-12.  No experience necessary, just the will to win! Registration opens May 23rd.

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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