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GLPA is glad to be a part of the planetary science community. We also love to share that passion by connecting you to the members, meetings, organizations, and people in the community.

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State Organizations

GLPA’s State Organizations offer a great opportunity to connect with local planetarians. Each year, these organizations host a meeting or mini-conference, which anyone can attend, regardless of whether they’re a GLPA member. If you have any questions about these state organizations or meetings, don’t hesitate to reach out to the appropriate State Chair listed below. And if you have any news about your facility that you’d like to share in the GLPA Newsletter, send it to your State Chair by the end of January, April, July, or October.

During the GLPA conference in odd-numbered years, elections are held to determine the State Chairpersons. If you’re interested in being on the ballot, simply let the President-Elect know and attend the state meeting at the conference. As long as you identify with the state organization, are willing to serve, and can attend the fall conference, you’re eligible to be a candidate.

2023 Spring State Meeting Schedule

Tom Willmitch

Illinois State Chair

Date: Saturday, April 1, 2023
Host: Renae Kerrigan, Peoria Riverfront Museum, Peoria


Melinda O’Malley

Indiana State Chair

Date: Saturday, October 28, 2023
Host: Keith Turner at Carmel Planetarium, Carmel, Indiana


Buddy Stark

Michigan State Chair

Date: Saturday, October 7, 2023
Host: Delta College Planetarium, Bay City, Michigan


Dale Smith

Ohio State Chair

Date: Saturday, May 6, 2023
Host: Suzie Dills, Hoover Price Planetarium, McKinley Museum, Canton

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Sally Brummel

Wisconsin/Minnesota State Chair

Dates: Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29, 2023
Hosts: Ben Senson, Madison Metropolitan School District Planetarium, Madison

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Jackie Baughman

Beyond the Lakes State Chair

Dates: **
Host: Virtual Meeting



Slack provides a communication and collaboration resource that functions largely like a chat room or Discord server.

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All planetarians are welcome regardless of their membership status.  To obtain an invitation, send an email to  

Email List: glpadomes

Exclusively for current members, glpadomes provides a great platform to communicate with one another.

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We ask that all posts be consistent with the Code of Ethics and policies, and we do not allow messages that denigrate individuals, institutions, or companies, or those that contain advertisements or sales presentations. Our goal is to keep all discussions related to and consistent with our mission. If you fail to follow these policies, you may be removed from the list.

If you are a current member and would like to join the glpadomes email list, please contact the Membership Chair.

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Email List: Dome-L

Dome-L is a worldwide list maintained by Rovy Branon. It is open to anyone interested in planetariums, and it is a home for discussions related to planetariums and related topics.

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To subscribe to Dome-L, please visit this webpage, click “Sign in and apply for membership”, and fill in the form. Once subscribed, you may send postings to

The Dome Dialogues

The Dome Dialogues is  a space open to anyone connected to the planetarium community. 

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The group includes educators, technicians, directors, producers, administrators, and vendors, and aims to facilitate conversations among people who care about the future of planetariums. At its heart, The Dome Dialogues brings our planetarium community together for a greater good.  Log into Facebook to join the group.

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