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.

November Newsletter 2016
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The wait is almost over!  The Locust Lane Craft Brewery is just a couple of months away from finally opening its doors and welcoming the community to enjoy our simply crafted beers!

Our first event in the area was the GVFL Parent's Social in late September, where our concept and our beers were very well received.  We'd like to thank the GVFL for inviting us to participate in that event and introducing us to the community.  In the weeks since we've been hard at work, perfecting our recipes and commencing construction of our brewery and taproom.  It's been a hectic six weeks, but the hard work will certainly pay off when we open our doors in early 2017!

Locust Lane endeavors to make enjoying craft beers a stress-free experience.  We focus on using the four traditional ingredients in beer (water, malt, hops and yeast) to craft a range of premium quality beer styles that remain true to their intended characteristics.  The result is consistent flavor profile that allows you to determine what styles or characteristics you enjoy most.  Additionally, we will offer a rotating selection of seasonal and unique styles, so you'll always have something new to try when you visit the taproom.  

We can't wait to open our doors and welcome you to the Locust Lane Craft Brewery!

For the latest news and construction updates, follow Locust Lane Craft Brewery on social media.

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The GVCO Board of Directors is very pleased to confirm the organization just completed another solid financial year on September 30, 2016, with expanded programming to the community.  The board is able to regularly review the expenses and revenue of all programs, and processes are in place to evaluate the viability of new programming.  The board voted to hire our first full-time employee, Doolun Anyam, assuming the position of Associate Director of Finance and Administration.  The addition of a full-time GVCO staff member will enable the organization to move forward in our efforts to grow and succeed in the future. 

Thanks to all of the volunteers who devote countless hours to ensure we can offer the best possible programs to the Great Valley community. 

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

Annual GVCO/GVBL Fundraiser
March 3, 2017
The Desmond Hotel

GVBL/GVCO presents:
March Madness 2017

Get your alumni or favorite NCAA team gear ready! As always, it is sure to be a great time!

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help please contact Kellie Eisenhardt: e-mail  or 
Kelly McDaniel: e-mail

Our friends at Carousel Arts Center are currently taking registrations for their upcoming performance of "The Enchanted Sleeping Beauty" 
Check their new  website for more details.

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A new milestone for GVCO.

As GVCO continues to move toward our new GVCO Community Center, our GVCO business plan includes staffing the facility and the organization. GVCO has recently hired it's first fulltime employee as of this month. Doolun Anyam has joined the organization as Associate Director of Finance and Administration.

Doolun was born in Nigeria and moved to the United States in 2009.  He graduated from The Church Farm School in 2012 and is a recent graduate of Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. In addition to playing basketball at Skidmore College, Doolun interned with the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce in Saratoga Springs and The Department of Youth and Community Development in Manhattan.  While there, Doolun managed projects successfully and was involved with community related activities. Doolun is looking forward to sharing his experiences with kids in the GVCO community, 

At GVCO, Doolun will manage the administrative piece of the capital campaign and step in as finance contact and bookkeeper. Also, Mr. Anyam will emerge as the insurance point of contact in addition to other responsibilities as the role of Associate Director of Finance & Administration evolves .

We would like to welcome Doolun back into the community as we continue to make progress with the project.

Keith Walsh
GVCO Director
Introducing Doolun Anyam

The winter session of GVBL is in full swing!

Junior Hoopsters
GVBL is excited to announce the return of our popular Junior Hoopsters program beginning in December! Junior Hoopsters is designed to introduce pre-K and kindergarten (4-6 year olds) girls and boys to the game of basketball. GVBL will teach the kids the basic fundamentals of the game through fun drills and games. There will be two 6-week sessions offered at three different times during the week. Please visit www.gvco for additional information and registration.

High School League
Registration for our high school league will be opening soon! Our boys league was so popular last year that we are adding a NEW girls league this season! The high school league is for 9 th -12 th graders living in the Great Valley School District. Games will generally be held on Monday-Thursday evenings beginning in December.

To register, please visit our website.

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Great Valley Crew will host a winter session.

Great Valley Crew will host a winter session! It is open to our Fall team and anyone interested in Spring.  

Winter session will be sponsored by Crossfit Inspire.  It is a ten week session, beginning with a free trial  on  Saturday, 11/19 at 11:00am, all parents are invited to attend and participate in this free session, along with the rowers. The ten week session will be held three days a week, Tuesday and  Thursday 3:15-4:15 and Saturdays  at 11:00am.  Cost is $199.  Crossfit will focus on strength training and core with some cardio, there will be erging as well.  Sorry rowers, that won't go away!  As we get closer to Spring, they will introduce more cardio to the team, so their lungs are as strong as their bodies!

We are looking for commitments by  11/23 as the first session is  December 1st and will  end on 2/16.  We are very excited about this partnership with Crossfit!  If you are interested in participating in the GV Crew Winter Program, please add your contact information  on this form.

Women's Novice 4
2nd place finish

Men's Novice 4
1st place finish

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Another successful season of football and cheer! 

Another successful season of Junior Patriots' football and cheer is under our belts! We ended the year with more tackle football players than ever before and were able to field six teams to compete in the Bert Bell Conference. In addition, this past weekend our sideline cheer squad finished up their season with twenty girls showing off their skills in a spectacular performance at the annual Bert Bell Cheer Competition. 

Once again, a highlight was the annual Junior Patriots' "PINK OUT." In an effort to give back to the community, parents and athletes created over 200 handmade greeting cards that were distributed to cancer patients undergoing treatment at Chester County Hospital. 
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Caring Hands Foundation is looking for volunteers.

Caring Hands, a student run foundation,  was created for the purpose of raising funds for those persons, families or organizations in our community who have suffered some catastrophic event.
The foundation will be looking for new members at the middle and high school levels soon. If you know a parent or student who would like to get involved in this great program, please don't hesitate to reach out!

Introducing our 2016 Patriots Competition Cheer Team!

Our 2016 competition cheer season is well under way.  This year we have several returning athletes as well as some new faces! On December 11, our team will travel to Downingtown East to compete in our first of six cheer competitions. We would love your support! Check the calendar on our website for the dates and locations of our local competitions. You will not be disappointed!

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GVCO and Surrey Services  continue to plan for the future

GVCO believes the community will benefit greatly from the addition of  vibrant programming for Great Valley 55+ residents,  GVCO and Surrey continue to work together to establish plans for relevant programming, and are seeking engaged and committed community members to assist in this effort.  Please contact GVCO if you are willing to help make this a reality.

GVCO and Surrey Services are pleased to be a sponsor for this year's Desmond Project Senior Citizen Luncheon on December 7, 2016. 

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Continued success for the Great Valley Volleyball League program

Another successful year for GVVL has come to a close, and what an exciting year it was!!!  We saw tremendous growth with over 160 players participating in our Spring Clinics, Half-Day and Full Day Summer Camps.  Our summer camps continue to sell out year after year thanks to our talented coaching staff of Kassie Bellaver, Samuel Ellis and Seely Byler.  On top of that, our program continues to produce amazing and dedicated athletes who move on to play at Great Valley Middle School and Great Valley High School.  Not only is GVVL setting records, but so is the Great Valley High School Girls' Varsity Volleyball Team.

2016 Season Highlights:
  •  14-5 Record
  • Ches-Mont American Division Champs ~ 2nd year in a row!
  • 9th Seed District 1 PIAA 4A Playoffs
  • Twin Valley Tournament Champions ~ 4th year in a row!
  • GVVL Alumna Aimee Christen topped 1000 kills this season to set GVHS record!
  • GVVL Alumna Mackenzie Farrelly topped 2000 assists this season to set GVHS record!
  • 2 GVVL Alumna named 1stTeam All Ches-Mont League (Aimee Christen/Mackenzie Farrelly)
  • 1 GVVL Alumna named 2ndTeam All Ches-Mont League (Abby Daniels)
  • 2 GVVL Alumna named Honorable Mention All Ches-Mont (Danielle DiSciullo & Haley Murphy)
  • Coach Samuel Ellis ~ Daily Local Newspaper Coach of the Year ~ 2015

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