Eclipse Task Force
The Missouri Eclipse Task Force has divided Missouri into regions with leaders assigned to each region so that each area is appropriately represented within the state-wide task force.
State-wide meetings are held on a regular basis to coordinate state-wide issues, and regional meetings are planned to focus on regional needs.
If your organization would like to learn more about the benefits of participating in the Missouri Eclipse Task Force, please Contact us.
Task Force - Statewide Chair:
Trish Erzfeld, Perry County Heritage Tourism
Task Force - Regional Leaders:
- Northeast Region - Dr. Vayu Gokhale, Truman State University in Kirksville, MO
- Northwest Region - Jackie Beucher, Astronomical Society of Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
- Central Region- Open
- Eastern Region - Don Ficken, St. Louis Astronomical Society and Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri, St. Louis, MO
- Southeast Region - Peggy Hill, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO
Task Force - Member Organizations:
- Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri (asemonline.org)
- Astronomical Society of Kansas City (askc.org)
- Eastern Missouri Dark Sky Observers (emdso.org)
- Saint Louis Science Center (slsc.org)
- St. Louis Astronomical Society (slasonline.org)
- International Dark-Sky Association, Missouri (darkskymissouri.org)
- Discovery Playhouse- Cape Girardeau (discoveryplayhouse.org)
- Southeast Missouri State University (semo.edu)
- Three Rivers College- Sikeston & Dexter Campus
- Truman State University (www.truman.edu)
- University of Missouri (missouri.edu)
- Alton City Council
- Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission (ofrpc.org)
- Doniphan Neighborhood Assistance Program
- Perry County Economic Development
- Mark Twain National Forest (fs.usda.gov/mtnf)
- Missouri State Parks (mostateparks.com)
- Bollinger County Chamber of Commerce
- Current River Heritage Museum
- Doniphan Neighborhood Assistance Program (doniphan.org)
- Greater Poplar Bluff Area Chamber of Commerce (poplarbluffchamber.org)
- Kennett Chamber of Commerce (visitkennett.com)
- Missouri Division of Tourism (visitmo.com)
- Old Town Cape
- Ozark Vitality (ozarkvitality.com)
- Perry County Heritage Tourism (visitperrycounty.com)
- Ripley County Tourism
- Sikeston Convention & Visitors Bureau (sikeston.net/tourism)
- Sikeston Regional Chamber of Commerce
- Sikeston Eclipse Task Force
- Ste. Genevieve Tourism
- Uptown Jackson
- VisitCape - Cape Girardeau Convention & Visitors Bureau
- West Plains Tourism (explorewestplains.com)
- Freelance Writer/Media Consultant
- Grounded Truths, LLC - Planning and Messaging (groundedtruths.com)
- Wicked MKTG (wickedmktg.com)
- Batesville Chamber of Commerce, Arkansas
- Independence County, Arkansas
- Ozark Folk Center State Park, Arkansas
- Mammoth Springs Planning, Arkansas
- Adler Planetarium, Chicago
- Southern Illinois University Carbondale
- Houlton Community Development, Maine
- Kidsoutandabout, New York
MO Eclipse Task Force - Solar Glasses
Solar Glasses - Discounts for Missouri Task Force Members
The Missouri Eclipse Task Force has partnered with Rainbow Symphony in California and Clarion Marketing in St. Louis to produce customized Solar Glasses at a substantial discount for Missouri Eclipse Task Force Members. A sample of the design is shown below which was prepared for our first order of 15,000 glasses produced for our Missouri Eclipse Task Force Member from Cape Girardeau, MO.
At no charge to Missouri Task Force Members, Clarion Marketing will add your organization's logo and website URL to a very cool design developed by Clarion specially for the Missouri Eclipse Task Force. volunteer work graphics work by Clarion Marketing saves Rainbow Symphony time and money which is passed along in discounted savings to task force members.
If you are interested in learning more about our discount program, please Contact us.
Our first order - 15,000 Solar Eclipse Glasses for the City of Cape Girardeau
Our Solar Eclipse Glasses Partners
Rainbow Symphony (RainbowSymphony.com)
Rainbow Symphony is a leading manufacturer of Solar Eclipse Glasses was used exclusively by the St. Louis 2017 Solar Eclipse Task Force to produce and distribute over 500,000 glasses for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse.
Clarion Marketing in St. Louis (ClarionStl.com)
- 35 years in strategic sales & marketing communications for international, national and regional companies and communities
- Comprehensive experience in UX, AI, internet & social media design & implementation
- Comprehensive experience emphasizing internal marketing communications, employee engagement/training/recognition & reward strategies
A lucky few areas of the USA will experience an Annular Solar Eclipse on October 14, 2023 and a Total Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024.
Southeast Missouri is fortunate to be within the path of totality for the April 8, 2024 Total Solar Eclipse. While Missouri will only experience a "partial eclipse" on October 14, 2023 due to orbital mechanics, the October 14th event is expected to create considerable excitement in Missouri as a "warm up" act for the April 8, 2024 Total Solar Eclipse.
We are exciting about these once-in-a-life time opportunities brought to us by nature, and think you should be too!
The goals of the Missouri Eclipse Task Force are three-fold:
Inspire Missouri to experience the 2023 and 2024 eclipse events, in particular traveling to Southeast Missouri to be within the path of totality for the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse.
Educate Missouri about the unique science, economic and personal viewing opportunities related to the eclipse.
Connect local entities to the significant number of eclipse related resources that are becoming available. Our connection with several local and national resources puts us in a unique position to help our local communities.
Notably, our goals do not include arranging specific eclipse viewing events for individuals or organizations as many of us are community planners for our own areas.
We encourage your organization to contact us with your questions and suggestions on how we can help you or help others get ready for this unique experience.
Task Force Members
To help Missouri prepare for these unique events, a state-wide task eclipse task force was formed in 2019. The task force consists of a collaboration of Missouri area organizations that include amateur astronomy enthusiasts, civic and educational institutions, and local businesses. Most of the volunteers are directly involved in the planning of eclipse related events for their respective organization(s). For a list of Missouri Eclipse Task Force members, please click here.
Regular monthly task force meetings started in June 2021 and continue each month. If your organization is interested in becoming involved in our Missouri Eclipse Task Force, please contact us.
Discounts on Solar Eclipse Glasses
To learn more about the opportunity for organizations to purchase solar eclipse glasses at a discount, please click here.