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 Preside

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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Mark Dunford,  SOLAR Secretary


Mark Dunford’s bio is coming soon!



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Bruce Wolff,  SOLAR Treasurer

Bruce Wolff,  SOLAR Treasurer

Born and raised in Vancouver, aka Raincouver on Canada’s west coast, Bruce has webbed feet and rusts instead of tanning. For the last 12 years he’s had the privilege of living in Michigan’s brilliant sunshine and has been a member of SOLAR for almost as long. Bruce enjoys hiking, cycling, running, and kayaking… or just hanging out with friends in the great outdoors.


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Tracey Harper,  SOLAR Activities Chair

Tracey Harper,  SOLAR Activities Chair

Hi!  I am the Activities Chair Person for SOLAR for the 2019 – 2020 season.  I have made MI my home. I prefer to be outside, then sitting at my work desk, but I love my job too.
I have been with SOLAR for two and half years. I have learned so much about backpacking, camping, national parks, MI and the programs that have been presented at our SOLAR Monthly Meetings are awesome.

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Alex Gibson,  SOLAR Bylaws Chair


Alex Gibson’s 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 SOLAR club.


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Bill Morse, SOLAR Historian

Bill Morse, SOLAR Historian

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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Elaine Granch, SOLAR Membership Chair


Elaine Granch’s bio is coming soon!



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Jeff Grossklaus, SOLAR Programs Chair


SOLAR member since 2015. Programs Chair since 2017. Enjoy meeting others and hearing their tales of adventure. Also, like to participate in a wide variety of outdoor activities, including camping, biking, hiking, cross country skiing and kayaking. In addition, I’m a huge live music fan and enjoy photography.

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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 char.

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

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Darrell Ward, SOLAR Webmaster

I grew up in the foothills of the Appalachians in southern Ohio with a family that loved the outdoors. I spent much of my childhood, hunting, fishing, hiking, and backpacking. Before college, I spent a number of years as a search and rescue diver and paramedic. After college got married, started a long career in information technology, and had two wonderful sons.  I shared many wonderful times in the outdoors with them and my wife. 

Since my sons have moved on to their own careers, I was looking for others to share my love of the outdoors and outdoor experiences. Finding SOLAR in 2017 has given me the opportunity to renew my backpacking skills and to meet some wonderful people.

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