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

Tom Willmitch Photo
Illinois
Tom Willmitch
ISU Planetarium
Normal, Illinois
trwillm@ilstu.edu
Melinda O'Malley Photo
Indiana
Melinda O'Malley
PHM Planetarium
Mishawaka, Indiana
momalley@phm.k12.in.us
Ciara Johnson Photo
Michigan
Ciara Johnson
Michigan Science Center
Detroit, Michigan
Ciara.Johnson@mi-sci.org
Dale Smith Photo
Ohio
Dale Smith
Physics and Astronomy Dept
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio
dwsmith@bgsu.edu
Sally Brummel Photo
Wisconsin/Minnesota
Sally Brummel
Bell Museum Planetarium
St. Paul, Minnesota
sbrummel@umn.edu

Jackie Baughman Photo
Beyond the Lakes
Jackie Baughman
East Amherst, New York
qnbaughman@gmail.com


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.

2022 STATE MEETING SCHEDULE

Illinois:

Dates: Friday, May 13 (Milwaukee) and Saturday, May 14 (Chicago), 2022
Hosts: Bob Bonadurer (bonadurer@mpm.edu), Soref Planetarium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
and Mike Smail (msmail@adlerplanetarium.org), Adler Planetarium, Chicago, Illinois
A joint meeting between Illinois and WIMPS

Indiana:

Date: Saturday, March 26, 2022
Host: Mitch Luman (mluman@emuseum.org), Koch Immersive Theater and Planetarium, Evansville, Indiana

Michigan:

Date: TO BE DETERMINED
Host: TO BE DETERMINED

Ohio:

Date: Saturday, April 30, 2021
Host: Rori Leath (rorileath@attheworks.org), The Works planetarium, Newark, Ohio

Wisconsin/Minnesota:

Dates: Friday, May 13 (Milwaukee) and Saturday, May 14 (Chicago), 2022
Hosts: Bob Bonadurer (bonadurer@mpm.edu), Soref Planetarium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
and Mike Smail (msmail@adlerplanetarium.org), Adler Planetarium, Chicago, Illinois
A joint meeting between WIMPS and Illinois

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.