June 1, 2017, 10am – 1pm 
UNH Manchester, 88 Commercial St. (Pandora Mill)

NEW PARKING info added below (on 5/27)

At the annual AMBIE AWARDS LUNCHEON we thank and recognize our amazing GSAs individually for their incredible contributions to NHGSA, our members, our partners and the entire State of NH.

Nominations have closed.

Awards and Honors - Click here to view earned award recipients

  • Hours Awards (50, 100, 250, 500, 1,000+)
  • 5 year and 10 year anniversaries
  • Top Annual Hours Awards
  • Various merit awards that change from year to year
  • Judi Window "It's Always Sunny in NH" Award
  • Service Award
  • Hospitality From the Heart Award
  • GSA of the Year

Timing and Details

  • Doors open at 9:30am
  • Go in the main entrance, and turn left. We will be in the “multipurpose room” at the end of the student lounge area
  • You may sit where ever you like, if you will be going on stage to receive an Hours Award try to sit closer to the stage if possible
  • GSAs will receive their 2017-2018 membership cards when they arrive to check in, and a 2016-2017 Yearbook after the awards ceremony
  • The Awards Presentation begins at 10:00 a.m.
  • Luncheon follows the award presentation at approximately 11:30 a.m.

What to Wear

GSAs please wear your official GSA Uniform 

  • Green GSA Shirt
  •  GSA Name Tag
  • Khaki Pants/Skirt/Shorts
  • Comfortable Shoes

Guests please feel free to join in the fun and wear a green shirt or simply come as you are! 

Parking Information

Please consider carpooling!

Parking can be tricky in the Millyard, and there is no parking in the lot adjacent to UNH. 

NEW for 2017: UNH has generously offered to let us use their faculty parking lot near the WMUR building. Parking in this lot is free. Here are the details:

  • To get there, from Granite St., turn onto Canal. Take first right onto S. Bedford St. Go over train tracks, and the parking gate will be on the right. (See map below!)
  • Security will be at the gate from 9:15AM-10AM to let people into the lot.
  • Parking is available ONLY in the yellow highlighted lot in the map below, and not others associated with WMUR.
  • There are about 70 spaces in this lot. Once this parking is full, attendees will be required to find paid parking on street or at the Radisson garage.
  • We will be running a shuttle car from S. Bedford street near the parking lot entrance to UNH if you prefer not to walk (but it is a very short walk for those who are so inclined.) The shuttle will begin making trips at 9:20 am, and after lunch until everyone is safely back to their cars. Shuttle cars are driven by volunteers and will have signs taped in their windows so you can recognize them.
  • We will NOT be running a shuttle car from Arms Park this year.

Google directions to UNH Manchester

Google directions to UNH faculty parking lot

Google directions to the Arms Parking Lot

You may also park on the street nearby (metered), or in the Arms Parking Lot (metered) about a quarter mile down the road from UNH. 


Parking in Arms Park costs $0.75 per hour. You will need to use coins or a credit card at one of the parking kiosks in the lot, which will print a receipt to display in your car.

Peer Awards

This award is given to a GSA extraordinaire who provides outstanding service to New Hampshire's Tourism Industry. The GSA of the Year often goes above and beyond to assist NHGSA with its mission and programs. This GSA is making a difference by volunteering at centers, providing guests with a unique experience, helping to train and mentor other GSAs, and doing so with endless spirit and enthusiasm.

This award is given to the GSA who spends endless hours trying to go unnoticed and gives generous contributions to other GSAs from their warm heart. Candidate should have a down to earth personality, and make everyone feel comfortable by demonstrating altruism and helpfulness to others.

This award is given to the GSA that serves the GSA program by volunteering their time with enthusiasm. They are someone who shares their training expertise with others, while still continuing to learn about the state of New Hampshire through GSA special events, tours, and specialized trainings.

The recipient of this award not only has a sunny personality, but puts the motto “It’s Always Sunny in NH” into practice while volunteering. This GSA handles tough situations and rainy days with poise and a positive outlook, and leaves guests and fellow GSAs feeling welcomed and supported.

This award honors individuals who give something extra making them an invaluable part of our state and a critical part of the GSA organization. This award may be given to a GSA or someone who is not a GSA. They can be either a volunteer or professional. The nominating committee may choose to award zero Merit Awards or many, depending on who’s nominated. If you see a GSA go above and beyond while volunteering, or do something special for a center or event, they are a good candidate for a Merit Award.

This status is given to a GSA (living or who has passed away) who has honorably resigned or retired their GSA position, but who retains their GSA membership.

This can be given to anyone (GSA, Volunteer, NH Tourism Industry Employee or Friend of GSA) at any time to commend them for something wonderful, great customer service, friendly personality, helpful in situations. "Kudos" may be given multiple times to one person. Anyone who receives kudos recognition throughout the year will be brought to the attention of the nominating committee for the larger awards.

Thank you to our Luncheon Sponsors!

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