| Message from the Educator
I hope that this message finds you well and excited about the
2015-16 Macomb County 4-H Program year! Your MSUE 4-H
team is ready to kick off this year with 4-H Online Enrollment/Re-Enrollment. This is the second year of families and leaders completing the 4-H Online process. Adjustments have been made within the system to make things a lot easier and there are enrollment portions that you do not have to recreate if you completed them last year. 4-H Program Coordinators are available to assist you if you have questions or need help with enrollment so please do not hesitate to reach out. Club packets will be available at the Extension office for pick up upon request. Leaders please make sure to complete your club's Annual Summary Financial Statement and Club/Committee Inventory Report for last year and club enrollment forms for this year at
your earliest convenience.
If you don't do it already, I encourage clubs to participate in service projects to give back to the community and to increase 4-H visibility in Macomb County. We are still considered one of the most hidden youth development treasures and we want everyone to know the benefits and multitudes of 4-H. Please submit pictures of your service projects, club meetings and other outings. We would love to showcase you in the bi-weekly email blast. As you plan your club meetings, trainings and outreach, please remember that the Extension office is a resource to promote your events, lend curriculum, and provide overall support in your project areas.
You may have heard that we now have a satellite office in Warren, located in the Thompson Community Center. The Macomb County Executive's office and Mr. Steve Gold (Director of Health and Community Service) were instrumental in securing this new county office. We are on board with Macomb County and state 4-H initiatives to provide a variety of 4-H programs for residents. In the 2015-16 year, we will increase our efforts around 4-H healthy living. This will include offering suggestions and options to make your club meetings healthier for members (healthy snacks and fitness options). Mini grants will soon been available to Macomb 4-H
clubs, committees or schools to start small community gardens
or hoop houses.
Congratulations to all the 4-H members who showed or placed in the Armada Fair! I know that your families and leaders are so proud of your hard work and dedication and so are we! Please pay attention to the deadlines to plan for next year's fair as we would like to see the same amount or even more members plan to show. In 2015-16, 4-H Program Coordinators will be more active in visiting your club meetings to provide support and or assistance. Please don't forget to invite us out to your meetings and events so we can see all of the wonderful things that are taking place in 4-H land.
Good luck in this new 4-H program year! Please know that you have the support of your 4-H Program Coordinators, me, and our District Coordinators (Richard Wooten and Edward Scott). We are here to assist you in a successful year!
Macomb 4-H Supervising Educator
| Macomb County 4-H News
2015 Year-End Information
Required year-end reports: Club and committee leaders, don't forget to turn in your group's Annual Summary Financial Statement and Club/Committee Inventory Report for the 2015 program year (Sept. 1, 2014-Aug. 31, 2015). Both forms are required annually from each club and committee. Completed forms may be mailed to Macomb County MSU Extension, Attn: 4-H, 21885 Dunham Road, Suite 12, Clinton Township, MI 48036; faxed to 586-469-6948, Attn: 4-H; or turned in with your club's 2016 club re-enrollment packet no later than Nov. 1, 2015.
Club disbandment: If your club is not returning for the
2016 program year, please contact the Macomb County 4-H
program staff for important information about the required club disbandment process.
2016 Club Enrollment/Re-enrollment Information
Club enrollment/re-enrollment for the 2016 program year officially began on September 1st. Materials you need to get started are listed below and are also online at
. Leaders, please turn in your club's enrollment materials to Macomb County MSU Extension so
that MSU Extension can update your club information.
2016 Club Enrollment/Re-enrollment:
- Request for Official Approval to Establish a Michigan 4-H Youth Group
- 4-H Club Constitution
All clubs (new and returning):
These items may be turned in at the same time (recommended):
- Participation Fee payments (Pay $10 per member,max. $30 per
family. Pay only once annually in the county where youth's primary club is located. Make checks out to MSU.)
each youth requesting a scholarship to cover the State 4-H Participation Fee.
- Acknowledgement of Risk Form (this form is being updated and
will be available soon)
2016 Member and Volunteer Enrollment/Re-enrollment:
Unable to enroll online?
No problem! MSU will have updated enrollment forms available for you to use soon.
Please do not use old forms to enroll. Due to the changes, anyone using old forms to enroll/re-enroll may also have to complete the updated forms once they become available.
Other materials for club/committee use:
Anyone needing help with club and member/volunteer enrollment/re-enrollment processes may contact the Macomb County 4-H staff for assistance at 586-469-6431 or
. Regular office hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.
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Clinton Township, MI 48036
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Welcome Baby Ochs!
|Congratulations to Macomb County 4-H Program Coordinator, Marinda Ochs, and her husband, David on the birth of their son, Jude Matthew. Jude was born on August 27th. He weighed 8 lbs., 4 oz. and was 22 inches long. Welcome to the 4-H family, Jude!
Make Macomb Your Home Blog Highlights
4-H at the Armada Fair
Check out the August 28, 2015 Make Macomb Your Home blog post by Elizabeth Duran, Macomb County 4-H Program Coordinator. The article,
4-H students highlight of Armada Fair
, puts the 4-H experience at the Armada Fair in the spotlight.
Look for 2015 Armada Fair results in upcoming Macomb County 4-H newsletters!
4-H Youth Council to Meet September 10th
The Macomb County 4-H Youth Council is having an open meeting on Thursday, September 10th at 6:30 p.m. at Camp Rotary, 20505 29 Mile Road, Ray Township. The meeting is open to all Macomb County 4-H youth. Members and volunteers are encouraged to attend.
Congratulations to the Class of 2015!
The Macomb County MSU Extension 4-H staff would like to congratulate the 4-H members that graduated from high school in 2015. We wish you all the very best! A letter and gift are available for pick-up at Macomb County MSU Extension, 21885 Dunham Road, Clinton Township. Gifts not picked up by September 15th will be mailed.
For graduates that enjoyed their membership experience and want to continue on in new roles as screened 4-H volunteers, we invite you to
. The Volunteer Selection Process (VSP) is simple. First, you apply. Second, complete online training, an interview, and agree to a security check. Third, enroll online. After you are screened and enroll online as a volunteer for the first time, you need only re-enroll online annually to maintain your status as a 4-H volunteer.
Get started today! Whether your goal as a volunteer is to guide youth, make a difference in your community, or to gain skills for your resume, we think you'll be glad you did.
4-H Enrollment/Re-enrollment Reminders
It's important to remember that:
- Enrollments are accepted at any time, however, returning members planning to show 4-H projects at the 2016 Armada Fair must be enrolled online by Nov. 1, 2015 and new members by April 1, 2016. 4-H Horse Project members must also register with the Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Committee by May 1, 2016 to participate in the Macomb County 4-H horse shows.
- Clubs must have at least one screened volunteer and five youth from two or more families to enroll. There must be at least one screened volunteer registered for every 10 youth.
- Meeting minutes and treasurer's reports should be sent to the 4-H office after each meeting. The address is Macomb County MSU Extension, Attn: 4-H, 21885 Dunham Road, Suite 12, Clinton Township, MI 48036. The fax number is 586-469-6948, Attn: 4-H; and the email address is email@example.com.
- A completed 4-H Program Participation/Volunteer Service Record form should be sent in for every workshop, training or community service activity your club does. Use it as a sign-in sheet. Statistical information - no names - will be counted on the federal report we send to MSU annually. Part of the funding the Macomb County 4-H Program receives is based on this report.
4-Hers Invited to Participation in Romeo, Richmond Parades
The Richmond Good Old Days "Great Michigan Parade" invites you to perform in the 52nd Annual Invitational Grand Parade on Sunday, September 13th. We would love to see 4-H'ers from all over Macomb County hand out candy to people watching the parade and, of course, representing their clubs! Please meet at the registration table located on Main and Park Street between 11:30 a.m and 12:30 p.m. If possible wear your club gear so it will be easier to find other 4-H clubs. The parade starts at 1:30 p.m.
The Romeo Peach Festival invites you to participate in the Labor Day Parade. We are looking for 4-H club members to represent 4-H in the parade and hand out candy. We ask that you be at the registration table between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Registration is taking place at the CVS/Sheena's parking lot on Van Dyke at 33 Mile. Please approach from the north, as many roads will be blocked. Please wear your 4-H club gear so that it will be easier for you to find other 4-H'ers participating in the parade. The parade starts promptly at 1:30 p.m.
Community Service Opportunity Available!
4-H has set up an awesome opportunity for our 4-H children, parents and leaders to get involved with their community.
"For more than 38 years, Gleaners Community Food Bank has been "feeding hungry people and nourishing our communities." Last year, Gleaners distributed 34 million pounds of emergency food to more than 510 partner soup kitchens, shelters and pantries in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties. "
We will be helping to sort and pack food in the Warren distribution center located at 24162 Mound Rd, Warren, MI, 48091. Don't miss out on this fun opportunity to help out on October 17th from 9-1130. Be sure to sign up quickly because we only have room for 16 volunteers.
If interested and/or you have any questions about the opportunity feel free to call Jeran Culina, 4H Program Coordinator, at 586-469-5979 or email
. Don't delay!
Possible October Event at Global Village
Have you ever thought about what it would be like to walk a mile in someone else's shoes? Well, have we got the perfect opportunity for you. Global Village located in Howell aims to educate students and adults about the differences in the lives of those in their own communities and around the world.
In the guided walking tour of the Global Village, participants explore the model houses and the lives of people living in the diverse regions of the world where Heifer International works. Through role-playing, games, stories, and hands-on artifacts, participants learn how humans, animals, and education can greatly improve the lives of those in need.
After the Global Tour, participants are assigned to a "family" group and a house in the Village, where they cook a traditional Nepali dish over a camp stove and an open fire. With this simple exercise, students learn how important culture, community, and cooperation are in our daily lives.
We are hoping to host this event on a Saturday in October, but before we do we want to get input from our 4-H'ers to see what the interest level might be. Would you participate if we had this event? What if transportation was provided? Is there a date that works best for you and your family?
let us know
if you would be interested so we can explore and learn while having a blast!
Youth Reporter Wanted
Youth Reporter to interview Japanese Exchange Student.
If you have aspirations in journalism, please contact the Macomb County MSU Extension office for details at 586-469-6090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ray Community 4-H Club Member, 4-H Camp Recognized
Elizabeth Karam-Burk and the 4-H Camp at Thompson Center in Warren recently received recognition in the Voice Newspaper. Karam-Burk, an Armada Township resident and member of Ray Community 4-H Club, served as the lead counselor at the summer camp, which was held in July. The camp, coordinated by 4-H Program Coordinator Lizz Duran, is being planned to run again in 2016. Watch for details!
2015 State 4-H Horse Show Results
Almost 600 4-H'ers from 48 counties across Michigan competed in the 2015 State 4-H Horse Show earlier this month. Great job to the 18 youth who represented Macomb County 4-H! Thank you to the volunteers who stepped up and helped throughout the three-day show. For results sorted by champion class, visit
. For results sorted by county,
MSU Extension Offers "The 7 Deadly Sins of Entrepreneurship" Workshop
Michigan State University Extension is partnering with Gerry Weinberg & Associates to provide Sandler Training on how to grow Your business the way Youwant! Participants will learn how to separate suspects from prospects, how product knowledge can hurt business growth, as well how to sell more by listening to prospects' needs.
Heritage Bourbon Red Turkeys for Sale
Caleb Bollaert, a member of Clinton Valley 4-H Club, is raising Heritage Bourbon Red turkeys. The turkeys were born on June 16, 2015. Three or four hens and two or three toms are available for $50 each for breeding purposes only (not for meat). If interested, please contact Caleb or Liesl at 810-656-6952.
Submitted by Liesl Bollaert, 4-H Volunteer
Holland Lop, Lionhead Rabbits for Sale
My boys showed rabbits at the Armada Fair this year as Cloverbuds, however, we found out that my oldest son is allergic to rabbits. We need to sell them, preferably to another 4-H family.
There are two rabbits available. One is a female Holland Lop. She was one year old when we got her in April. The other is a
male Lionhead. He was also one year old when we got him in April. We're asking $20 each. I also have wood hutches for sale if interested. Please contact Andrea Neddermeyer at
Submitted by Andrea Neddermeyer
A Bit of 4-H History
It is believed that the first official "Club Week" was proclaimed by Governor Christianson in Minnesota in 1926 when he established
as "Club Week" to promote the work of the Boys and Girls Clubs in that state, as reported in the April-May, 1926 issue of National Boys and Girls Club News.
What is now know as National 4-H Week began as an outgrowth of World War II. Following Pearl Harbor, it was decided to postpone holding the National 4-H Camp in Washington, D.C., until the cessation of hostilities. W. H. Palmer, State 4-H Leader in Ohio, soon after announced plans for a State 4-H Mobilization Week for Ohio as a means of focusing the attention of 4-H members on what they might do for national defense. This idea met with favorable response by State leaders throughout the country. As a result, the Federal Extension Service initiated National 4-H Mobilization Week which was observed annually in 1942, 1943 and 1944. The following year and each year since, it has been observed as National 4-H Week.
The focus during National 4-H Mobilization Week was on encouraging 4-H members to produce foods needed by rural men and women in the armed services; enlist as many young people eligible for membership as possible in all rural areas, particularly those living on farms, in some phase of the 4-H Club war program; to report on 4-H Club work which had already been started in terms of how it would contribute to family production and conservation goals and how it would contribute toward the total amount needed by rural men and women now in the armed services.
During this same period, the mid-1940's, a National 4-H Achievement Week was celebrated in November. This was a time to promote 4-H by emphasizing the accomplishments of that year and to recruit new members and leaders and plan for the next year.
After the war, when the National 4-H Mobilization Week became National 4-H Week, the purpose of the Week centered on (1) acquainting the public with the new, enlarged 4-H program, and the many ways young people may take part, (2) encourage more youth to join 4-H, (3) urge more men and women to volunteer as 4-H leaders, (4) recognize parents' contribution to 4-H and strengthen their cooperation, and (5) report the year's 4-H accomplishments and plan for the year ahead.
Results of this first National 4-H Week in 1945 indicated it had been a very effective means on the part of leaders and members alike, of reviewing the year's work, setting goals for the ensuing year, and focusing the attention of the public on 4-H and its values in the development of young people and to general community and national welfare.
In the early years, National 4-H Week was held in the spring. Beginning in 1968, National 4-H Week is now observed the first full week of October, beginning with the first Sunday of October. It may have been at the time of this change over of dates that the National 4-H Achievement Week became a part of National 4-H Week.
Source: National 4-H
VFW Needs Help with Steak-Out Fundraiser
VFW Post 2052 in Romeo needs volunteers for its Steak-Out Fundraiser on September 5th. The Steak-Out is held annually during the Romeo Peach Festival. Volunteers will be helping with food service, cleaning up, and interacting with the public.
Contact Maureen Burns at 586-354-5007 or email@example.com for more information.
Learn about Animals and Veterinary Medicine at People, Pets & Vets
Learn about different animals and talk to veterinarians and other animal care providers at
People, Pets and Vets
at Macomb Community College from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in Clinton Township on November 7, 2015. The event is free.
There will be exhibits for dentistry, leader dogs, microchipping, anatomy, surgery, radiology, parasitology, and emergency care and more. Experience unusual pets and even take your "wounded" stuffed animals to the Teddy Bear Clinic for surgery.
People, Pets and Vets is an excellent way to create an awareness of the veterinary profession.
Gardening Questions? Ask an Expert
Septic System Use and Maintenance Workshop
Macomb County MSU Extension (MSUE), in partnership with the Macomb County Health Department,
is holding a FREE Septic System Use and Maintenance Workshop on Monday, September 28
6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Washington Township office, 57900 Van Dyke, Washington Township. To ensure that materials are available for all program participants, pre-registration is strongly recommended. Register online at
For information or registration assistance, please call 586-469-6440.
The Septic and Well Use Maintenance Workshop will help residents protect the health of their family and the quality of surface and groundwater. A faulty septic system can threaten a family's health as well as harm pets and wildlife, contaminate groundwater and lower property values. Protecting and maintaining a household water system is as simple as following a few guidelines.
The workshop will cover how a septic system functions, septic system maintenance, how to detect septic system failure, water conservation and well construction and maintenance. Handouts, including the Home*A*Syst (Home Assessment System) book, will be available.
MSU Extension offers free money management classes
MSU Extension is offering a free three-week Money Management Workshop for people of all incomes who want to improve the way they handle money. The classes will focus on basic money-related activities. Learn to make decisions about money, create and manage a spending plan, S.M.A.R.T. goals, clean up credit, reduce debt, saving and investing strategies, and selecting financial professionals.
There are two series taking place:
- Mondays, September 14, 21, and 28, 2015 10 a.m. to noon Thompson Center, 11370 Hupp Ave., Warren
- Wednesdays, September 16, 23, and 30, 2015 from 6-8 p.m. at MSU Extension, 21885 Dunham Road (Entrance E), Clinton Township, 48036
Individuals that attend all three classes within one series will receive a certificate of completion. For more information or to register, contact Mickie at (586) 469-7614.
MSU Extension Home Ownership Seminar to be held in September
MSU Extension (MSUE) is offering a free Make Macomb Your Home Home Ownership Seminar focusing on consumer protection during the home-buying process. Attendees will learn how to finance a home, decide between various types of loans, understand the closing process, and much more. Research has shown that people who attend pre-purchase housing education are more likely to make on-time
payments, and are less likely to default on their loans.
This two-part class will be held on Wednesday, September 16 and 23, 2015 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at MSU Extension, 21885 Dunham Road (Entrance E), Clinton Township.
The class is free of cost and open to the public. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call Mickie at (586) 469-7614.
Events of Interest
| County Calendar of Events
September 1, 2015
2015-16 4-H program year begins
September 8, 2015
Sign Language for Everyone
6:30 p.m., Civic Center Library, Warren
September 10, 2015
College Scholarships & Grants
6 p.m., Civic Center Library, Warren
September 10, 2015
Macomb County 4-H Youth Council Meeting
6:30 p.m., Camp Rotary, Ray Township
September 14, 21, and 28, 2015
Money Management Workshop
10 a.m.-noon, Thompson Center, Warren
September 16, 2015
7 Deadly Sins of Entrepreneurship Workshop
6-8 p.m., Nino Salvaggio Community Banquet Center, Clinton Township
September 16 and 23, 2015
Home Ownership Workshop
5:30-8:30 p.m., VerKuilen Building, Clinton Township
September 16, 23 and 30, 2015
Money Management Workshop
6-8 p.m., VerKuilen Building, Clinton Township
September 22, 2015
Raising Money Smart Children
6-8 p.m., Kezar Library, Romeo
September 26, 2015
4-H Showshoe Making Class
September 28, 2015
Septic System Maintenance & Use Workshop
6:30-8:30 p.m., Washington Township Office, Washington Township
October 7, 2015
National 4-H Youth Science Day
TSC Paper Clover Fundraiser
Romeo and New Haven TSC Stores
October 17, 2015
Gleaners Food Bank 4-H Community Service Activity
9-11:30 a.m., Gleaners Distribution Center, Warren
November 1, 2015
Last day for returning members to re-enroll in 4-H
if they plan to show 4-H projects at the 2016 Armada Fair
November 7, 2015
People, Pets & Vets
11 a.m.-3 p.m., Macomb Community College, Clinton Township
Statewide 4-H News
4-H 2015 North Central Region 4-H Volunteer e-Forum
Do you want to grow your club program?
Are you looking for a way to involve the leaders in your club?
Do you want to invigorate your committee members or just discuss something new?
If so, consider:
- Participating in one or all of this year's 4-H Volunteer e-Forum sessions or
- Hosting a few of your fellow leaders or parents to watch the session(s). Your group can be 2 to 3 people sitting casually or a group of 200 in a banquet hall. The choice is yours.
Each session will be offered live twice
so you can pick the time that works best for you. The
sessions stand alone so you can attend or host one or all of them. Best of all, these three sessions are free and will provide great training by experts in the field. The sessions are:
1. The Heart of Belonging on October 8 at 7 pm or October 13 at 8 pm
In this informative session, you will learn to guide youth to develop expectations that will accommodate all members to support youth with special needs and discover resources to help you in your role as a caring adult. Participants will leave with activities that will help them foster positive behavior, belonging and inclusion in their club or committee!
2. The Heart of Community on November 5 at 7 pm or November 10 at 8 pm
Volunteers in this session will be prepared to help youth become actively engaged in their communities. This session will include resources and models that incorporate mastery, belonging, generosity and independence as you include citizenship activities in 4-H settings.
3. Encouraging the Heart of Leadership on December 3 at 7 pm
or December 8 at 8 pm
Young people do not magically become leaders at age 13! Leadership is nurtured from the first 4-H experience. You'll receive tools to help inspire youth to develop independence and mastery.
You can participate in - or host - one or all of these fun sessions in any location as long as you can connect live through Adobe Connect.
- To participate, contact your local 4-H program coordinator.
- Hosting an event is fun and easy! All you need is a computer, projector, screen and a reliable Internet connection. We will provide you with:
- A facilitator's guide.
- A customizable flyer and bookmark to assist with your promotional efforts.
If you have questions or want to talk through some of your ideas for hosting, contact:
We look forward to seeing Michigan faces in lots of great places statewide!
Support 4-H at Family Farm & Home Stores!
From August 29 to September 7
, visitors to any Michigan Family Farm and Home (FFH) storescan support Michigan 4-H at the register with a $1 donation. 100 percent of the proceeds will support Michigan 4-H, with 85 percent staying in the county where the funds are generated. In return for a donation, customers will receive a valuable FFH coupon.
Encourage your friends and family to support Michigan 4-H by visiting their local FFH store during the campaign!
Let's Get the 4-H Clover All Over Facebook for National 4-H Week 2015, October 4 to 10!
Show your 4-H face
by changing your profile picture
to one of the 4-H icons posted on the
Michigan 4-H web site
Be proud: Celebrate your 4-H connection by telling the world if you are a member, mentor, alum, supporter, volunteer or parent. When you are on Twitter and Instagram, remember to use #MI4HFace.
4-H Air Pistol Training Workshop - Oct. 3-4
Attention all shooting sports enthusiasts! Michigan 4-H will be offering the first ever air pistol training workshop on October 3rd& 4th at the Demmer Center in Lansing, MI. This workshop is the only means of becoming a certified instructor for pistol in Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports. The attached flyer and registration form contains all the pertinent information for sign-up. Registration is limited to the first 25 participants on a first come first serve basis.
Sign up now to be one of the first to be involved with Michigan 4-H air pistol! Contact Jake DeDecker at 906-774-0363 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Statewide 4-H Calendar of Events
September 17, 2015
An Evening with Supreme Court Justice Bridget Mary McCormack
7 p.m., Lake Superior State University Arts Center, Sault Ste. Marie
MSU Detroit Center, Detroit
September 27-October 1
Kettunen Center, Tustin
January 30-31, 2016
Kettunen Center, Tustin
Kettunen Center, Tustin
Kettunen Center, Tustin
Kettunen Center, Tustin
Beechpoint Christian Camp, Allegan
Other 4-H Events
November 27-December 1
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing