Park Activist Honored
Solterisch Selected by GOP Women
For 2011 Outstanding Service Tribute
Michigan Federation president Nancy Steckler of Grand Rapids announced the purpose of the annual event was to recognize Solterisch and other honorees for outstanding service and dedication to their local club, the state federation, and support for Republican Party values and good government.
She has been active in numerous election campaigns on behalf of local, state, and national candidates. In addition, she has served as a poll challenger, volunteered at “Fix Michigan Centers,” and campaigned door-to-door.
Solterisch has served on the Wayne County Republican Committee where she was secretary. From 2005 to 2008, she served on the Michigan Republican Party state committee where her presidential selection subcommittee was instrumental in setting Michigan's early, January 15, primary date in 2008.
She became politically active in the Republican Party after the September 11, 2001 attack on America. Spurred to become involved, she joined the Eastside Republican Club where she soon was elected to the board and served as secretary
. She also serves as an elected precinct delegate.
In 2005 Solterisch was selected as a “Number One Republican,” and she has attended several Mackinac Leadership Conferences.
As a member of the 13th congressional district executive committee, she has been elected as delegate to several state conventions, as well as the 2004 Republican National Convention
held in New York City.
Since 1967, Solterisch has worked for the Michigan Secretary of State, recently having retired from its St. Clair Shores office. In that capacity, she twice received certificates of merit for suggestions resulting in cost-savings and enhanced customer service.
Solterisch and husband, Ron (pictured with Linda, above), are lifelong Grosse Pointe residents, have been married 44 years, and have three daughters, and five grandchildren.
Another in a Series on ERC 2007 Board Members
Turning Point was 9/11 for Solterisch
“At that point in my life, I wanted to take a more active roll in politics and support President Bush in protecting the United States,” said Eastside Republican Club secretary, Linda R. Solterisch, about her reaction to the September 11, 2001, attack on America.
Solterisch explained, “I, like many Americans, had become complacent and comfortable with all of the liberties and advantages that I enjoyed as a citizen of the U.S.”
“I had always thought of war as somewhere in a far off land, but when our country was attacked, I was jolted into realizing that nothing is certain,” she said.
Solterisch said she has learned that the ERC is a group of concerned citizens active in their community, state, and country.
Pictured is Linda's patriotic granddaughter, Olivia Sauer. Olivia is the five-year-old daughter of Nancy. She will start kindergarten at Defer in September.
Thinking back to the first time she visited the ERC she said, “I was warmly welcomed by leaders Tom McCleary and Marti Miller. They were instrumental in my becoming a very active member.”
In addition to her involvement in civic affairs, she serves as administrative aide at the Secretary of State drivers' license and license plate office in St. Clair Shores.
For recreation she enjoys walking, bike riding, aerobics, and traveling.
Solterisch lives in Grosse Pointe Park with her husband, Ronald. They have three daughters, Nancy and Debbie both married, and Megan who is currently an MSU senior.
Both family and security are very important to Solterisch. “We cannot take our way of life for granted. We must support the leaders that will protect our country and way of life for us, as well as for our children and our grandchildren,” she said. >>See the entire ERC board