SOLAR is led by a 14-member Steering Committee (SC), which includes four officers and ten committee members. The SC meets each month on the Tuesday night one week prior to the club’s membership meeting. SC meetings are usually held at members’ homes or workplaces, and all club members are invited and encouraged to attend. Contact the SOLAR President for information on upcoming SC meetings.

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Debbie Hendrickson
SOLAR Vice President

I grew up in Missouri where my family did a lot of camping and canoeing. As the years have passed I have added rafting, kayaking, backpacking, hiking, and bicycling to the list of activities I like doing. I really enjoy living in Michigan with all the opportunities it has for outdoor fun. What a beautiful state.

I was glad when I found SOLAR and the opportunity to enjoy these activities with other people with a passion for the outdoors.

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Doreen Byrne
SOLAR Vice President

I’m newer to SOLAR, having joined in 2015. I was interested in learning about new outdoor activities and new places to visit with other outdoor enthusiasts. I love the outdoors year-round, especially in our beautiful state. I enjoy camping, hiking, biking, and kayaking. When I added backpacking to my list of activities, the Basic Land Navigation and Beginning Backpacking classes offered through SOLAR prepared me for my new adventures. I love traveling and camping all around Michigan and visiting our national parks.

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Bill Morse
SOLAR Secretary

Growing up, I enjoyed trips with my family to places of great natural beauty in North America, as well as outings to nearby lakes and parks. That helped inspire my love of the outdoors. As an adult, I enjoyed being in nature, but it wasn’t until more recent years that I started engaging in activities with others on a regular basis. I found out about SOLAR while hiking with another group, and I’m glad I did. Adventures with SOLAR friends have included bicycling Mackinac Island, summiting peaks in the Adirondacks, sharing the trails with moose while cross-country skiing in Quebec, and trying to climb, and then sliding down, the 450′ Pierce Stocking sand dune on Lake Michigan. Ah, to be a kid again!  I’m on my second stint as the Historian and hope to recapture past moments of SOLAR’s history, not only for information and entertainment but to provide inspiration for future escapades.

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Carol McCririe
SOLAR Treasurer

Carol’s Bio is coming soon!



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Debbie Zuchlewski
SOLAR Activities

Debbie’s bio is coming soon!



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SOLAR Bylaws Chair

Bylaws Chair Bio is coming soon!



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Debbie Ritter, SOLAR Communications Chair

Debbie Ritter
SOLAR Communications Chair

Hi! I am the Communications Chair for SOLAR for the 2019 – 2020 season. I generally prefer to do anything outside rather than sit indoors! Being in SOLAR for two years has taught me many valuable skills and introduced me to some cool people who share a similar love for adventure!


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Mike Hobig
SOLAR Education Chair

I have been a long time member and held another steering committee position, Membership, because I like to meet and greet people and love to be a booster for the club. I also like history and this low-stress position lets me dabble in writing and historical inquiry, fun stuff, and hopefully inspirational. I expect to lend my quirky perspective to the review of our SOLAR archives which are now a great end table in the front room at home. Look for the mental meanderings through our past and some current events that are really current history…



Laura Miller
SOLAR Equipment Chair

My name is Laura Miller. I am a Michigan girl. I grew up camping in a tent, riding bikes and swimming. I love doing all kinds of outdoor activities in all seasons: hiking, backpacking, open water swimming, camping, biking, kayaking, climbing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and downhill skiing. I love to explore nature in all seasons. I am excited to be a member of SOLAR and look forward to trying new activities with the SOLAR club.


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SOLAR Historian

Historian Bio is coming soon!




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Elaine Granch
SOLAR Membership Chair

Elaine Granch’s bio is coming soon!



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George Nehasil
SOLAR Programs Chair

George’s Bio coming soon!



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David Warneke
SOLAR Public Relations Chair

I grew up in Michigan learning about the outdoors from my father, an avid fisherman, and hunter. Although I do not really hunt or fish anymore, my love for the outdoors remains.

I have only been a member since 2017, but I found this group to be such a positive influence that I wanted to become more involved. I am excited to be serving on the steering team as public relations chair.

With your help, I would like to promote Solar Outdoors to continue to be a welcoming, fun, and exciting organization.

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Stacie Kitchen
SOLAR Webmaster

Since I was a young girl, my family would always camp in our pop-up camper every summer in Michigan or out of the state. Exploring the outdoors was something that became a passion of mine. Which lead to biking, hiking, backpacking, camping, and so much more.

I have been a member of SOLAR Outdoors since the early 2000s and then was one of the original 12 members of BS Hikers. Was the designer and printer for the ray editor back in 2006-2008. During that time I was involved with many classes, events, and meetings that SOLAR had going. I never said no to many of them, unless my wallet said otherwise. I’m looking forward to working with this club and getting more involved again!

Now that I’m back and as your webmaster, I would like to help promote it more using social media with Instagram, Facebook, and lastly the website.

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