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.

May Newsletter 2018

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The Hyduke Famliy
"We are excited to give back to a community that has given so much to us, our children, and our business. It will be amazing to have such an all-encompassing, all-inclusive center."
What does Community mean to Joe & Lyn Hyduke? It means raising their kids near extended family, supporting local charities, and building their business in the heart of their community. It means supporting a place like GVCO, which, as Lyn says, "gives everyone an opportunity to stay involved and connected with the community."
Malvern Veterinary Hospital, which the Hydukes own and run, was opened in 1926. Dr. Joe Hyduke purchased and took over the practice from his uncle, beloved Malvernian Dr. Wiley Behler, in 1991. He and Lyn moved their young family in the house right next to the hospital - to better serve their patients and their patients' humans!
Lyn and Joe have loved being a part of the Great Valley Community; their four children, Hillary - 26 - a rising third (and final) year law student at American University, Olivia - 23 - a recent graduate of West Chester University's education department and employee of Chesterbrook Academy, Gordon - 21 - a rising senior in the Engineering Department at Trinity College, and Noah - 20 - a rising third year student in the seven-year University of South Carolina BARSC program where he will earn a BS in Biochemistry and a Medical Doctorate, all attended Great Valley Schools from Kindergarten through 12th grade. Lyn and Joe, just like many other Great Valley parents, loved being involved in the schools as their kids grew up.
And as the Hyduke kids got older, Joe and Lyn "went from being actively involved in multiple projects relating to the schools to being sponsors of several events" in the wider community. They were major supporters of the Great Valley Nature Center because they loved its message of championing nature and the local environment and its mission to educate Great Valley residents about our splendid natural backyard.
Joe and Lyn are similarly excited to be a part of GVCO and its new center. The Hyduke family's first experience with GVCO was when Gordon and Noah both played youth basketball in GVBL. "[They] had very positive, rewarding experiences. [Joe and I] loved the community feeling and the non-competitive, character building opportunity," says Lyn. With the kids grown, Lyn is especially eager "to take my mother to events designed for the elderly and to avail myself of the facilities offered for my enjoyment. The indoor track and the theatre are two examples of facilities that I will be thrilled to have 'in our backyard'!"
GVCO is lucky to have Malvern Veterinary Hospital and the Hyduke family in our backyard. Families and businesses who put the community first will always succeed, which is why GVCO is so grateful to the Hyduke family and Malvern Vet for their support!

Sloane Automotive Group has operated as a family-owned business for over 40 years. We are proud to have expanded our operation throughout the Greater Philadelphia area with our seven franchise dealerships across six locations. Currently, the Sloane Automotive Group operates Sloane Toyota of Malvern, Sloane Honda of Philadelphia, Sloane Toyota of Philadelphia, Sloane Toyota of Glenside, Sloane BMW of Devon on the Main Line, and most recently acquired Audi Warrington and Porsche Warrington in southern Bucks County.
We are quickly becoming known as one of the top digital automotive dealer groups and have experienced record growth each of the past few years. However, we never forget our roots; and all of our dealerships are avid supporters of local organizations that turn to us for support.
This year we have found a great fit with The Great Valley Community Organization (GVCO), and we are proud to be one of their corporate sponsors. Since opening our Toyota dealership in Malvern in 2014, Sloane Toyota of Malvern has become a part of a thriving community. We are committed to the goal of building lifelong relationships with our customers and neighbors. GVCO impressed us with their vision and their mission to build a strong, vibrant, connected community. Thank you for extending the invitation for us to join in your endeavors, and we can't wait to see the great strides you make for the Great Valley residents.


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What A Wonderful Community We Live In!

This past weekend I reconfirmed how Great Valley has to be one of the best communities to reside. Our GVCO Caring Hands student led group of high school and middle school volunteers held their annual food drive to help the People's Pantry in Frazer. The People's Pantry supports those families in need, right here in our own community (http://www.churchroadpantry.org/). Again this year the kids reached out to the Paoli Acme, a fabulous community partner, to assist. On Saturday, student leaders from Caring Hands delivered over 14 carts of donated items to the Pantry to help restock their shelves. The outpouring of support by the patrons shopping was incredible, with hundreds of donated items. What a tremendous connection of people in the community, a long term business partner of the community, long standing charitable organization in the community and some outstanding student volunteers from the local community organization, giving their personal time on the weekend servicing the community. Watching all of this unfold once again made me proud to be a Great Valley resident. I can't wait to see what happens next weekend!

Keith Walsh, Executive Director

Keep up to date on our progress!

Click to read our first quarterly update.
GVGYL hosts EyeKonz Lacrosse team.

On Sunday May 6th Great Valley Youth Girls 7th/8th grade lacrosse team hosted EyeKonz, a Philadelphia based lacrosse team.   Local,  Jazmine Smith is the founder of Eyekonz lacrosse, which provides inner city girls with a chance to learn the fundamentals of the game and receive life lessons.  It was a great day of friendship and lacrosse and we look forward to making this an annual event for all of Great Valley Youth Lacrosse Teams. 

GVFL is hosting a LIVE CHAT to answer your questions.
Attention parents who have questions about your athlete playing football or cheer! We will be hosting a "LIVE CHAT" with Vince McAneney, GVFL President. Tune in!

Caring Hands runs a food drive.
Caring Hands had a brilliant Mother's Day Weekend! Partnering with the People's Pantry, Caring Hands held a food drive at Acme. Volunteers asked generous patrons for donations of canned goods in support of the People's Pantry in Frazer. At the end of the weekend - Caring Hands had successfully delivered 14 FULL shopping carts of food to the pantry! Wow!

Crew is having a car wash!

Thank You to the Bassill and Jouin Families for running this event!!
Another successful challenger gym session in the books!

Another spring, another great Challenger Gym program. This spring we had fourteen children in the program! Everyone had a a great time and cannot wait for the winter program. Thanks once again to Wendy Morris, for all her hard work in making the program a success. Thanks to all the high school volunteers as well - we definitely could not have done it without you!
Great Valley Volleyball League begins spring clinics soon.

GVVL finished this another fantastic season! We hope all the kids had fun and learned a few things along the way!  Thanks to all the coaches, our volleyball director, Jess Nields and everyone else who helped make this program a success.

Make sure to sign-up for our summer camps! 

Great Valley Volleyball League Summer Camps
  • Half-Day Camp July 9-12 for Boys/Girls Gr.4-12
  • Full-Day Camp Aug. 6-9 for Girls Gr. 7-12

Art Club to present their work at Gallery 222. 

Our Students from our  GVCO Arts & Design Program  will be presenting their work at  Gallery 222  in Malvern on May 29th from 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Andrea Strang, long time Malvern resident and owner of Gallery 222, has partnered with GVCO to present the students material. All are invited to witness some of our local young artists extraordinary work. There will be light refreshments and weather permitting the back garden will be open. Gallery 222 is located in the heart of the Malvern Borough at 222 E.King Street, Malvern.

GVBL Summer League registration is open.

GVBL is gearing up for summer basketball! GVBL Summer League is open to boys and girls that will be entering grades 1st-8th in the fall. Each team will play one or two games per week on Monday-Thursday evenings and there are NO practices. Grades 3rd-8th will participate in a single elimination playoff tournament at the end of the season. 

Our GVBL Future Stars Camp is returning for boys and girls entering grades 1-4 in the fall and will take place June 18-June 22 from 9:00am-12:00pm at the GVBL Center. 

Find more information and REGISTER NOW for Summer League and Future Stars Camp on BASKETBALL NEWS/UPDATES.
Patriots Comp Cheer ends their season with a first place! 

Our Competition Cheer Team ended their season with a first place trophy at Lebanon Valley College. Nice job, athletes! 

Patriot Pride 5k Fun Run and Mile Walk THIS SUNDAY!
Great Valley School District with the support of GVCO, has made a commitment to the mental and physical wellness of their staff, students, and families. In furtherance of this commitment, we will come together as a community to celebrate our efforts and achievements at a Patriots Pride 5K or Mile Fun Run/Walk. This run will be open to our entire Great Valley Community.


Walk up registration begins at 8:00AM
Event begins at 9:00AM
Registration & Bag Pick up at Great Valley High School
$15 Per Person 
$45 Max Per Family

Ivy Experience will host a series of seminars in the fall.
We are excited to announce that GVHS alumnus Jim Wismer of Ivy Experience will be hosting a series of seminars this fall on navigating the college admissions process.
Learn more about the seminar series here. Seminars will take place at the GVCO Office at 120 S. Ship Road in Exton.



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