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.

 

GLPA STATE CHAIRS

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

 

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Wisconsin/Minnesota
Jean Creighton
Manfred Olson Planetarium
Univers of WI - Milwaukee
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
jcreight@uwm.edu

 

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Beyond the Lakes
Mary Holt
Morrison Planetarium
California Academy of Sciences
San Francisco, California
mholt@calacademy.org

 

 

 

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. 

 

 

2020 STATE MEETING SCHEDULE

 
Illinois
2020 will feature a combined Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Minnesota spring meeting
Date: Saturday, May 16, 2020
Location: Adler Planetarium, Chicago, Illinois
Host: Mike Smail (msmail@adlerplanetarium.org)
 
Indiana:
2020 will feature a combined Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Minnesota spring meeting
Date: Saturday, May 16, 2020
Location: Adler Planetarium, Chicago, Illinois
Host: Mike Smail (msmail@adlerplanetarium.org)


Michigan:
Date: To be determined
Location: University of Michigan’s Museum of Natural History Planetarium
Host: Matt Linke (mlinke@umich.edu)

Ohio:
Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020
Location: McKinley Museum’s Hoover-Price Planetarium, Canton, Ohio
Host: Suzie Dills (suzieastro@yahoo.com

Wisconsin/Minnesota:
2020 will feature a combined Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Minnesota spring meeting. Following tradition, there will also be an additional gathering in Milwaukee on Friday, May 15, 2020.
Date: Saturday, May 16, 2020
Location: Adler Planetarium, Chicago, Illinois
Host: Mike Smail (msmail@adlerplanetarium.org)
 
 

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.