GLPA State Organizations

GLPA's State Organizations provide a local network of planetarians. The state organizations also convene annually for a meeting or mini-conference. You do not need to be a member of GLPA to participate in the state meetings. If you have questions about any of the state organizations or meetings, feel free to contact the appropriate State Chair below. News items about your facility that you'd like to see published in the GLPA Newsletter should also be sent to your State Chair in late-January (for spring), late-April (for summer), late-July (for autumn), or late-October (for winter).

The following chairpersons were elected during the state meeting at the election-year GLPA conference. (elections held in odd-numbered years) If you would like to be on the ballot to become a State Chair, contact the President-Elect to let her/him know, and come to the state meeting at the conference. Eligible candidates include anyone who identifies her/his self with that state organization, is willing to serve, and is able to attend the fall conference.



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Tom Willmitch
ISU Planetarium
Normal, Illinois
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Melinda O'Malley
PHM Planetarium
Mishawaka, Indiana
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Paulette Epstein
Michigan Science Center
Detroit, Michigan
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Dale Smith
Physics and Astronomy Dept
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio


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Jean Creighton
Manfred Olson Planetarium
Univers of WI - Milwaukee
Milwaukee, Wisconsin


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Beyond the Lakes
Mary Holt
Morrison Planetarium
California Academy of Sciences
San Francisco, California




Annual State Meetings

GLPA facilitates State Organizations that serve as local networks for planetarians. State meetings are usually held in the spring. Attendance at one of these meetings is usually very affordable. You don't need to be a GLPA member to attend. 




Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019
Location: Illinois State University Planetarium, Normal, Illinois
Host: Tom Willmitch (
UPDATE: The Indiana State Meeting was cancelled. For more information, please contact Jeff Bowen at

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019
Location: Michigan Science Center, Detroit, Michigan
Host: Paulette Epstein (

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019
Location: Coshocton High School Planetarium, Coshocton, Ohio
Host: Ron Derewicki (

Date: Friday-Saturday, April 12-13, 2019
Location: Bell Museum Planetarium, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Host: Sally Brummel (

Tips for Hosts of State Meetings

Quick Tips for State Meeting Hosts:

1. Keep the meeting simple in regards to planning and costs so that you don't need a large number of attendees to make it work.
2. Get address labels and email addresses from the GLPA membership chair.
3. Send out a paper mailing (save receipts) and an email invitation a couple of months before the event.
4. Reserve a block of rooms if you are hosting an overnight event.
5. Be clear about your expectations regarding an RSVP or registration.
6. Send an email reminder (or two) a couple of weeks before the registration deadline.

For complete instructions and suggestions for hosting a state meeting, refer to the State Meetings Guidelines document.