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 at last year's state meeting at the annual GLPA conference. 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. Elegible 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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Renae Kerrigan
Peoria Riverfront Museum
222 S Washington Street
Peoria, IL  61602
(309) 863-3030
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Barb Williams
Merrillville Community Planetarium
199 E. 70th Avenue
Merrillville, IN  46410
(219) 650-5486
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Shannon Schmoll
Abrams Planetarium
755 Science Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 884-0039
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Dale Smith
Physics and Astronomy Department
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH  43403
(419) 372-8666




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Jean Creighton
Manfred Olson Plm
Univers of WI - Milwaukee
1900 E. Kenwood Blvd.
Milwaukee, WI  53201
(414) 229-4961



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Beyond the Lakes
Mary Holt
Morrison Planetarium
California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA  94118
(415) 379-5863





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. 




Joint Illinois-WIMPS Meeting
Date: Friday-Saturday, May 4-5, 2018
Location: Charles Horwitz Planetarium, Retzer Nature Center, Waukesha, Wisconsin

Contact: Dave DeRemer (
Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018
Location: Charles W. Brown Planetarium, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
Contact: Dayna Thompson & Ron Kaitchuck (

Date: Saturday, May 5, 2018
Location: Roger B. Chaffee Planetairum, Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Contact: Emily Hromi (

Date: Saturday, April 7, 2018
Location: Boonshoft Museum, Dayton & Smith Middle School, Vandalia, Ohio

Contact: Jason Heaton ( & Scott Oldfield (

Joint Illinois-WIMPS Meeting
Date: Friday-Saturday, May 4-5, 2018
Location: Charles Horwitz Planetarium, Retzer Nature Center, Waukesha, Wisconsin
Contact: Dave DeRemer (

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.