Merrillville Community Planetarium
Bringing the Universe to the Merrillville Schools and Northwest Indiana

Barbara Williams Elected GLPA Indiana Chair

On October 22, 2016, Barbara (Barb) Williams, wife of Planetarium’s Director Gregg Williams, was elected as Indiana Chair for the Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA) for 2017. Barb’s duties as Chair include gathering Indiana Planetarium news and information for the quarterly GLPA newsletter. Barb will help distribute information to all Indiana planetarians. Barb has been a volunteer at the Merrillville Community Planetarium since 1985. She helps chaperone student activities like parties and field trips with student assistants. Barb also files and does financial documentation for the planetarium. Barb has been a GLPA member since 1985, earned the Fellow award in 1991, and received the Mentor award in 2014. Barb says “I’m excited and honored!” This is the first time a volunteer was elected as Chair. Barb will give a short speech at the State Planetarium meeting on April 8th, held at the planetarium.