LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

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  • 19 May 2017 7:37 AM | Kelly Bryer (Administrator)

    Sign-ups open Friday, May 26, 8am


    On Tuesday, June 27th, 10am, a group of 30 GSA volunteers has been invited to visit and tour the Seacoast Science Center in Odiorne Point State Park, Rye NH.

    Uniform: full GSA uniform - khaki shorts/skirts are allowed.

    Information and Enlightenment Credit (IEC): You will receive 1 IEC for attending this tour. You will not accumulate any volunteer service hours since this is an educational opportunity.

    Requirements: GSAs who have accumulated at least 50 hours, with 15 of them in the past 6 months can attend.  We ask that you only sign up for 4 tours a year at the official opening date/time. Once a tour has been open a week, any eligible GSA can sign up to attend regardless of how many tours they've been on.

    On June 9th, 6am, any GSA who has volunteered at least 15 hours in the past 6 months can sign up if there are openings.

    On June 15th, 6am, any GSA with at least 6 hours in past 2 months can sign up if there are openings.

    All GSAs attending will receive free admission into the state park. Please tell the folks at the gate that you are with NHGSA and here for a hosted tour.

    A representative from Odiorne Point State Park will also be joining us for a talk.

    Bring your lunch to picnic on the grounds. There is room inside and outside.

    You are invited to stay and explore the park and it's coastline. There is a Footprints in Time self-guided Audio Tour around the park that takes about an hour. Do the entire 3 miles or a portion.  http://www.seacoastsciencecenter.org/explore/odiorne-point-state-park/


    Our host:
    Karen Provazza, Director of Marketing
    Seacoast Science Center
    570 Ocean Blvd. Rye, NH 03870-2104
    603-436-8043
    k.provazza@sscnh.org www.seacoastsciencecenter.org

    Directions
    From 95 North or South Take exit 5 on I-95 North or South to the Portsmouth Traffic Circle. Take Route 1 By-Pass South to Beaches/Hampton and continue south to Route 1. Turn left onto Elwyn Road. At the roundabout, go half way around and turn onto Route 1A South. Continue for 1.8 miles and look for our sign.


  • 05 May 2017 8:25 AM | Kelly Bryer (Administrator)

    Sign ups are open

    Tour Date: Thursday, June 8th 9am - early afternoon

    Join me for a day filled with history at two of my favorite museums in the Lakes Region, the Wright Museum of WWII and the NH Boat Museum.

    GSA staff: Kelly Bryer kelly@nhgsa.com
    How many can attend? 30 GSAs
    Hours requirements: You must have at least 50 volunteer service hours to attend, with 15 of them in past 6 months.

    We ask that you only sign up for 4 tours a year at the official opening date/time. Once a tour has been open a week (and it has!), any eligible GSA can sign-up to attend the tour regardless of how many tours they’ve been on.

    On Tuesday, May 30, 6am if there are openings, any hours restrictions are reduced to 15 in the past 6 months.

    On Friday, June 2, 6am, if there are openings, any GSA with at least 1 shift in the past month can sign up.

    Uniform: wear full GSA uniform

    Difficulty: easy -  We will be walking through the museums. There is an elevator in the Wright Museum and the Boat Museum is on one level. 


    9-11am Wright Museum. The Wright Museum is dedicated to recognizing and honoring the contributions and enduring legacy of WWII-era Americans. Yes, the aircraft and tanks in the photo work! They are nationally known for its collection of over 14,000 WWII items and memorabilia representing both the home front and the battlefields. On our tour we will visit the 1939-45 Time Tunnel; tanks, weapons and uniforms; and WW II photos, quilts and paintings.



    11:15am-12:30pm NH Boat Museum. NH Boat Museum exhibits feature the boating history and heritage of NH’s lakes and rivers. They have many events, programs & hands-on activities as well as vintage Boat Rides on Lake Winnipesaukee aboard the Millie B. Our NHGSA Board Member, Fred Clausen of Proctor's Lakehouse Cottages has a beautiful model toy boat collection which will be part of a featured exhibit, "Big Dreams, Little Boats Mid-Century Model Toy Boats". Fred will be joining us to personally share his collection.

    12:30pm -   have lunch and explore Wolfeboro on your own


    Wolfeboro is a wonderful town filled with wonderful restaurants and shops. We encourage you to take some time to explore the waterfront and Wolfeboro after our tour.



    Our Hosts:

    Michael Culver, Executive Director
    Wright Museum of World War II
    77 Center Street, Wolfeboro NH 03894
    http://wrightmuseum.org

    Lisa Simpson Lutts, Executive Director
    NH Boat Museum
    399 Center Street, Wolfeboro Falls, NH 03896
    http://www.nhbm.org/

    Wolfeboro Chamber http://www.wolfeborochamber.com/


    Fred's collection on display at the NH Boat Museum

  • 02 May 2017 11:14 AM | Kelly Bryer (Administrator)

    Sign-ups open May 5th at 8:10am
    "
    The only source of knowledge is experience", Albert Einstein

    Tour Dates: Monday - Thursday, June 19-22, 2017

    We would like to invite eligible GSA volunteers for a free tour of New Hampshire's most popular tourism region – on the 2017 White Mountains Educational Tour!

    Eligibility: Must not have done this tour in past 2 years. This is a 4 day/night commitment. This tour does not count towards your annual 4. If you have signed-up for more than 4 monthly GSA tours at the scheduled opening time, you can still sign up for this FAM tour.

    Any active GSA (35 hours in past year) with over 500 hours can sign-up to attend.
    If there are open spaces the requirements change to:

    On May 12th at 8am, any active GSA with over 250 hours can sign-up to attend.

    On May 18th at 8am, any active GSA with over 100 hours can sign-up to attend.

    This free, fully-escorted tour is designed for information specialists who work directly with the public at Welcome Centers, Chambers of Commerce, regional associations AAA Offices and other selected venues. The 2017 tour will be Monday - Thursday, June 19-22, 2017. 

    You will learn first-hand about the 17 White Mountains Attractions and the region that is so popular with our visitors.

    This White Mountains Educational Tour is sponsored by the White Mountains Attractions Association, and is designed to help you learn about, and experience for yourself, the natural and man-made attractions in the region. 

    A detailed itinerary and other information concerning the trip will be sent to participants later in May.

    As in the past, the WMAA will cover the cost of admissions, receptions, meals, transportation and lodging during the tour. You will be responsible for gratuities.

    We look forward to having you with us on this fun and educational opportunity!

    Sincerely,

    Mikey Duprey

    Public Relations
    White Mountain Attractions Association

    OTHER:

    # GSAs attending: 6 (may open up more seats)

    You must wear your GSA uniform the first day and your GSA tag there-after.

    You must be physically able to do a lot of walking, and be active from breakfast through dinner, for 4 days. This busy tour is not for the faint of heart. You will be traveling by bus.

  • 26 Apr 2017 3:03 PM | Kelly Bryer (Administrator)

    You can sign up to attend beginning on May 2nd at 8am.

    Monday, June 12, 9am-11am
    Large Conference Room, 3rd floor
    Manchester-Boston Regional Airport

    24 MHT GSA volunteers can attend.

    Uniform: yes

    Please join me for this planning / work-session meeting. We will be discussing the resources in the booth, frequently asked questions, mentoring, desk book, etiquette, what to do while on duty... and then we will be streamlining all the piece meal information in the booth into one format that works for everyone.

    This meeting will kick off a new quarterly round-table series. From 2-3pm, before each Quarterly Management Update meeting, I will meet with GSA airport volunteers to talk specifically about our booth operations.

    I'm not sure how quickly these meetings will fill. Sign-ups will be open all the time (like the Quarterly Management Update meetings). If you want to come and you keep finding the schedule full, let me know.

  • 07 Apr 2017 8:02 AM | Kelly Bryer (Administrator)

    CAR POOL REQUESTS - email Kelly@nhgsa.com to make the connection.

    Ginny L can give a ride from Concord area

    Join us for an educational tour of the Castle in the Clouds and The Loon Center in Moultonborough on Monday, May 15th at 10:15am. We anticipate the tour ending around 2:30-3ish. In fairness to our hosts, you must attend the entire tour. The Sanctuary has a great trail system if you want to take a walk by the lake.

    First you will be welcomed to Tom and Olive Plant’s mountaintop estate, Lucknow, built in 1913-1914 high in the Ossipee Mountain Range. The house is an unusual example of Arts and Crafts architecture in New England, and also features a number of technological innovations of the early 20th century. The Castle overlooks the Ossipee Ring Dike which is an extinct volcano. The outline is easy to make out.

    Lunch will be in the carriage house and is being offered for the discounted rate of $10 pp (we prefer that you purchase lunch). The views from the carriage house are spectacular!! We do need a minimum of 20 pre-ordering to offer the cold cut buffet with chips, fruit, water and lemonade lunch option.  Lunch must be ordered by May 5th. You may bring a picnic lunch  if you would like. To order lunch at $10/pp, please email Kelly at kelly@nhgsa.com. Please bring cash.

    Here is my list of lunch orders:
    Tim A, Kelly B, Angella C, Sandra C, Marge F, Ray F
    Joyce H, Virginia L, Connie L, Patty M, Diane M, Mary M, Irene M,
    Mary O, Kathryn S, Pat S, Susan S, Marlene T, Faye T
    Elise M, Roz W, Gretchen Z, Liz Z

    After lunch we will head down the road to The Loon Center and Markus Wildlife Sanctuary on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee for a tour and program. We may do a light nature walk.

    How many can attend: 30

    Uniform: Full GSA uniform
    Who is eligible? Any active GSA who has volunteered at least 50 hours (with 15 in the past 6 months).

    We ask that you only sign up for 4 tours a year at the official opening date/time. Once a tour has been open a week, any eligible GSA can sign-up to attend the tour regardless of how many tours they’ve been on. 10 days before a tour, if there are openings, any hours restrictions are reduced to 15 in the past 6 months.

    Information and Enlightenment Credits (IEC): This tour will earn 1 IEC. Because this is considered a learning experience, no volunteer service hours will be accumulated for attending.

    Monday, May 15, 2017
    Start location: 10:15am
    (plan to arrive at 10:00am to park and use the restroom).  Feel free to walk around and take in the views.
    We will meet at the carriage house. There are a few handicap parking spaces right at the carriage house.

    Directions: We will be using Ossipee Park Rd - NOT the main gate (the Bottling Company drive - the back entrance to the Castle). Please use 586 Ossipee Park Road, Moultonboro for GPS.

    From Manchester/Boston
    From I-93 North take Exit 23. Take Route 104 east towards Meredith. At the end of Route 104, turn left onto Route 3. At set of lights, turn right onto Route 25. Continue on Route 25 into Moultonborough. Turn right onto Route 109. Stay left onto Route 171. Take the first LEFT after Routes 109/171 split when coming from Conway/Meredith, OR 1.8 miles past the Castle's front gate located on your RIGHT, when coming from Tuftonboro/Wolfeboro.
    Castle in the Clouds


    Route 171, 455 Old Mountain Road, Moultonborough NH 03254
    476-5900  www.castleintheclouds.org

    Lunch: $10/pp at The Castle in the Cloud's Carriage House

    1pm ish we will head to The Loon Center and Markus Wildlife Sanctuary.

    183 Lees Mill Road
    Moultonborough, NH 03254
    476-5666  www.loon.org


    Shopping: Sorry for the misunderstanding - the discounts were for lunch, and not the gift shop. 


    Special thank you to GSA Marlene Taussig for helping to arrange this day in Moultonborough. Marlene volunteers for both the Castle and the Loon Center.



  • 07 Mar 2017 10:27 AM | Kelly Bryer (Administrator)
    The Meeting purpose is to keep communications open, exchange ideas, and update information between MHT-GSA volunteers and Airport Director, Mark Brewer, by holding small, quarterly, meetings.

    Manchester-Boston Regional Airport’s Director, Mark Brewer, will continue his tradition of holding informational meetings with 24 GSAs. The meetings will be held once per quarter from 3-4:30pm  in the Administrative Offices Conference Room on the 3rd floor at Manchester Airport. Sign ups will be taken, as usual, on a first come first served basis. This calendar is always available.

    Mark considers the GSAs his eyes and ears at the Airport. This helps him better understand any problems and GOOD things that happen at Manchester Airport. He would like to share what MHT is doing in hopes that the GSAs who attend will disseminate the information to other GSAs.

    If you attended the previous meeting, please give others a chance to attend first.

    Upcoming dates:
    January 24, 2017Rescheduled to February 1,  Cancelled 3:00 PM – Board Room
    April 25, 2017 – 3:00 PM – Board Room
    July 25, 2017 – 3:00 PM – Board Room
    October 24, 2017 – 3:00 PM – Board Room

    There will also be a GSA volunteer meeting scheduled from 2-3pm before each of these MHT Management Update meetings. This is a separate sign-up.

  • 27 Feb 2017 8:09 AM | Kelly Bryer (Administrator)

    CARPOOL

    Kathleen K, New Hampton - can give ride

    Join me on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 11:30am for a  tour in beautiful Lincoln NH.  RiverWalk Resort at Loon Mountain has invited 30 GSAs to experience their new luxury resort hotel along with lunch at LaVista Restaurant, a tour and tasting at the Seven Birches Winery which lives inside the hotel. RiverWalk is directly in front of Jean's Playhouse (a long time GSA supporter) so we will be making a stop there as well.


    You are encouraged to come up a little early, and explore the Exit 32 White Mountains Visitor Center and the White Mountain National Forest Interpretive Center.  As you come down the road towards Jean's, note what our friends at Alpine Adventures have been doing in their back yard. Thrillsville just keeps growing!

    TOUR ELIGIBILITY:
    Volunteers who have accumulated 50 hours, with 15 of them in the past 6 months can sign up for this tour at the first week.

    *** We ask that you only sign up for 4 tours a year at the official opening date/time. Once a tour has been open a week, any eligible GSA can sign-up to attend the tour regardless of how many tours they’ve been on. 14 days before a tour, if there are openings, any hours restrictions are reduced to 15 in the past 6 months. 10 days before a tour, any GSA can sign up.

    Start time: 11:30 am at Jean's Playhouse

    Lunch: 12:30 - 1:30 Lunch provided by LaVista Italian Cuisine (pizza!) Plan on tipping $2-3.

    1:30pm we will split the group in two. Half will visit the Seven Birches Winery and the other will explore RiverWalk - then we will switch.

    We expect to be done around 3:30pm but plan to stay until the tour is finished.

    CAR POOL: Visit our car pooling page to facilitate rides up. Email Kelly if you would like your car pool requests (need or provide ride) at the end of this post.

    Uniform: full uniforms are required.

    Purses/Packs: small wallet size bags only.

    How many can attend: 30

    Difficulty: We will be walking around but nothing extraordinary.

    Directions:
    Jean's Playhouse: 34 Papermill Drive, Lincoln, NH 03251  http://jeansplayhouse.com/contact/visit/

    You can park at RiverWalk and walk down to Jean's Playhouse if you like to save moving your car.  They are in sight of each other.

    Special thanks to TotalScope Marketing for making the arrangements for this tour! The owner of Seven Birches, who we will meet, is a principle at TotalScope.


  • 13 Feb 2017 2:01 PM | Kelly Bryer (Administrator)

    YOU ARE INVITED FOR A SPECIAL TOUR

    NH’s First Lady, Valerie Sununu, was so impressed with our State House volunteers, she has personally invited the Granite State Ambassadors to visit with her, and tour the Governor’s Mansion - Bridges House in Concord on Thursday, April 20th at noon. Sign-ups are open.


    You are welcome to bring a bagged lunch and picnic on the property or in the house.  This is open to ALL GSAs, regardless of hours. If you need help signing up, email Kelly.

    Uniforms required.



    Thank you for signing up to tour the Bridges House with First Lady Valerie Sununu on Thursday, April 20th, noon-2pm.

    You are invited to bring a bagged lunch and picnic on the grounds. We will be staggering tours through the historic home.

    Arrival time: Plan to arrive a few minutes before noon.

    Uniform: Please wear your full GSA uniform.


    Website: http://www.friendsofbridgeshouse.org/
    There are some very interesting videos and photos on their website.

    Address: 21 Mountain Road, Concord, NH 03301
    Google Map: https://www.google.com/maps/place/The+Bridges+House/@43.2349081,-71.539473,17z/data=!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x89e26b1189eadffb:0x201f07b49854f7d8!2s21+Mountain+Rd,+Concord,+NH+03301!3b1!8m2!3d43.239676!4d-71.538722!3m4!1s0x89e26b1189eadffb:0xd59311e702c819c6!8m2!3d43.239676!4d-71.538722
    Directions: From I-93 north, take exit 16. Turn right off the exit and then turn left onto Route 132 (Mountain Road). The Bridges House will be on your left.

    Parking:
    Come down the drive and go through the opening in the bushes. Parking is in the field beyond the mansion.

    See you there!
    Kelly
    --------------------------------
    Kelly Bryer, Executive Director
    Granite State Ambassadors
    "Welcoming the World to New Hampshire"
    Mailing: 241 Pine Street, Suite 1
    Manchester, NH 03103
    (603) 960-0272 cell
    kelly@nhgsa.com

  • 28 Dec 2016 1:19 PM | Kelly Bryer (Administrator)

    Sign-ups are open

    Join us as we learn more about the history of aviation in NH.

    Tour Date: Tuesday, February 21 (snow date Feb 23)
    Tour Time: 10am-noon
    Difficulty rating: easy
    How many can attend: 30
    Uniform: Full GSA uniform

    GSA Requirements: Must be an active GSA with at least 25 hours. 3 hours must have been from the past 6 months.

    Address: 27 Navigator Rd, Londonderry, NH
    Parking: onsite lot

    Our host:

    Wendell Berthelsen
    Aviation Museum of NH
    27 Navigator Rd, Londonderry, NH
    wberthelsen@nhahs.org
    www.nhahs.org

    You must be able to attend the entire tour.


  • 28 Dec 2016 12:52 PM | Kelly Bryer (Administrator)

    Sign ups are open

    Michelle, our intern, has been working hard to set up a GSA tour! I'm sure you will agree she did a fantastic job! On Thursday, January 19th, 30 GSAs are invited to Bretton Woods Resort for an Alpine or Nordic ski day! We will also be touring the Omni Mount Washington Hotel. Lunch will be provided.

    Date: Thursday, January 19th
    Time: arrive at 10-10:15am (use restroom, park car...)
    Tour of Omni will begin at 10:30am
    Lunch at Bretton Woods
    Followed by recreation sample until 4pm

    How many can attend? 30
    Uniform: Please wear your GSA uniform through lunch. You can change for your activity afterwards -- dress appropriately. Packs are allowed for your gear.

    GSA Requirements: Must be an active GSA with at least 50 hours.

    Difficulty Level: Last part of the tour (after lunch) participants can sample skiing (nordic or alpine) or do a non-skiier activity (see below)

    Gratuities: plan to tip for lunch -- more details coming.

    Park: at Omni Mount Washington Hotel

    What's included: rentals, lunch

    choice of:

    Nordic Skiing with Rentals
    Alpine Skiing with Rentals
    Snowshoeing with Rentals
    (single lift ride ticket for High Alpine trails if open – currently closed)
    Canopy Tour at 1:30pm (arrive by 1pm - lasts 3 hours) participants should be in reasonably good health.  For other detail:  www.brettonwoods.com/canopytour
    Up to 10 for Spa access (steam rooms, saunas, relaxation lounges, outdoor whirlpool)
    Slopeside Climbing Wall access for everyone

    Our host: Travis Greenlaw  travis.greenlaw@omnihotels.com
    www.brettonwoods.com

    To attend - you must be able to participate in the entire tour. Email your choice to Kelly by Tuesday at noon. kelly@nhgsa.com

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