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 13, 2015   
Macomb County 4-H News
Macomb County MSUE Welcomes Jeran Culina

My name is Jeran Culina and I will be taking on the role of 4-H Mentor Program Coordinator in Macomb County. I have worked in social services for about four years, including mentoring at Big Brothers Big Sisters, Foster Care in several counties, and Advocacy through Catholic Charities in Buffalo, New York. I am originally from West Michigan, more specifically Holland. As soon as I could move away, I moved to Buffalo to attend college at the State University of New York in Buffalo. I ended up living in Buffalo for six years before returning to Holland a few years ago. My hobbies include kickboxing, running, shopping and anything girly. I have two sisters and was raised in a house of all girls since the age of 12 (which helps explain why I am so girly!). I am excited to explore the eastern side of Michigan because it's a new experience for me. I am also excited to get down to business and start working on mentoring!


Armada Fair Updates

  • 2015 Theme "Oh the Thinks You Can Think When You Think of 4-H"
  • Looking for superintendents for all horses except Mini-Horse.
  • Top 4-H'er Award applicants, don't miss these dates:
    • August 16th - Top 4-H'er interviews
    • August 18th - Top 4-H'ers announced
  • Please note new weigh in times on Sunday, August 16th. Swine will be weighed in between 8 a.m and 10 a.m. Beef, Sheep, Goats and Prospect Beef will be weighed in between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • $25 parent armbands are available for parents of livestock youth
  • Accepting camping forms. Electric and water hook-ups are $140 all week. Reminder: Camping is a privilege that the Armada Fair Board provides to its exhibitors. Any family or site that fails to adhere to the rules and regulations will be asked to leave immediately. Security personnel will be on site.
  • Teen Clerk Sign-Up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d4caea82ea3f85-teen2
  • Youth Organization Exhibit Barn Sign-Up: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0D4CAEA82EA3F85-youth/7764562
Macomb  County 
4-H Staff

Richard Wooten

District 11 Coordinator


Kea Norrell-Aitch

4-H Extension Educator


Mark Cowan

Americorps, 4-H Tech Wizards


Jeran Culina

4-H Mentor Program Coordinator


Elizabeth Duran

4-H Program Coordinator


Kathy Jamieson

4-H Extension Educator


Lisa Kelley

Program Coordinator, 

4-H Tech Wizards


Scott Lakin

Extension Educator, 

4-H Tech Wizards


Marinda Ochs

4-H Program Coordinator

Roberta Busquaert

Computer Maintenance Clerk



(586) 469-6431





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MSU Extension

21885 Dunham Road, Suite 12

Clinton Township, MI 48036


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Warren, MI 48089

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Update Your 4-H Record

4-H members and volunteers: The 2015 4-H program year ends on August 31st, so now is a good time to review your 4-H Online records to verify that the information that you have entered, such as years in 4-H and years in each project, are correct. Make sure all project areas that you are working with are listed on your 4-H Online enrollment record, especially if you will be showing your projects at the Armada Fair. Having an accurate record will help your 2016 4-H Online reenrollment go smoothly!

Armada Fair: Sunday Judging Reminders
Sunday judging at the Armada Fair is this Sunday, August 16, 2015, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This time is for everyone including Cloverbuds and Teen Clerks. Have your Danish judging sheets filled out and your project tags properly attached to your project(s). Remember, only children are allowed under the tent for judging. Parents must stay outside at all times. The forecast is calling for a high of 89 degrees on Sunday, so bring water to drink while you wait.

Armada Fair Parking
Main Street in Armada is under construction. Avoid construction by using the back entrance off of Armada Center Road. 

Don't Forget to Volunteer During the Fair!
The 2015 Armada Fair is right around the corner! The fair provides our 4-H members the opportunity to showcase and exhibit their 4-H projects. But, your help is needed in order to provide these opportunities to our 4-H youth. Volunteer help is needed for cleaning, set up, assistance at youth livestock and dog shows, check out, and tear down. We realize that fair week is a busy time for our 4-H families, but please review the schedule and make time in which you and your family can help. Remember 4-H'ers - while you are showing your animal or sitting with the judge to have your project judged, others are volunteering their time to make that event run smoothly! Return the favor and help when you can.
Please contact the superintendents regarding the specifics for each show or to sign up to volunteer. Superintendents need committed volunteers to make each show a success! Contact information for superintendents can be found in the Armada Fair Book.
The Armada Agricultural Society recognizes the 4-H community for their hard work during the fair with a donation. This donation helps provide scholarships, programs, and services to the 4-H community each year. Thank you in advance for volunteering at the Armada Fair!
Number Needed/Time
August 16
Still Project Judging
Teen clerks
Clerk, carry exhibits to barn, and tag with ribbons
August 17
Saddle Horse Show
9 am - close
Will need up to 12 on/off all day
Clerk, ribbons, gates, etc.
August 17
Wool Sheep/Fiber Show
10 am
Will need up to 5 people
Clerk, ribbons, etc.
August 18
Market Hog Show
9 am (Barn #15)
Will need up to 12 for entire day
Clerk, ribbons, gates
August 18
Dog Show
9 am (Show Tent)
Will need up to 10 for entire day
Clerk, ribbons, set up
August 19
Market Lamb Show/Market Goat Show
1 pm (Barn #15); Goats following Lambs
Will need up to 6 for both shows
Clerk, ribbons, etc.
August 20
Market/Prospect Beef Show
9 am (Barn #15)
Will need up to 10 for both shows
Clerk, ribbons, gates
August 20
Dairy Cattle Show
9 am (Show Tent)
Will need only 2 people
Clerk, ribbons, etc.
August 20
Rabbit Show
9 am (Rabbit Barn)
Will need up to 12 people for entire day
Clerk, ribbons, etc.
August 20
Mini Horse Show
1 pm (Horse Arena)
Will need up to 12 on/off all day
Clerk, ribbons, gates
August 21
Youth Livestock Sale
4 pm (Barn #15)
Any available 4-H livestock youth
Clerk, ribbons, refreshments, gifts
August 22
Dog Show
9 am (Show Tent)
Will need up to 10 for entire day
Clerk, ribbons, set-up
August 22
Draft Horse Halter Show
10 am (Horse Arena)
Will need up to 5 people
Clerk, ribbons, gates
August 23
Draft Horse Hitch Show
10 am (Horse Arena)
Will need up to 5 people
Clerk, ribbons, gates
August 23
Mandatory Clean Up
7 pm (All barns)
All 4-H youth!
Clean out your stalls/pens/cages. Take down club displays. Take down & store cages/gates.  

Click here to view the schedule and requirements in a pdf.   
Youth Livestock Auction Participants Asked to Bring Snacks and Water
The Armada Fair Youth Livestock Sale Committee is asking every family that participates in the auction sale to bring one case of water and one box of snacks for our buyers. Snacks need to be prepackaged in single serving size. Suggested snacks include cookies, crackers, candy, and chips. Please drop off your donations at the Sale Committee Office in Barn #15 on Friday morning of the auction (August 21, 2015).
4-H Youth Council Coffee Cart and Photo Booth
While at the Armada Fair, be sure to stop by the Macomb County 4-H Youth Council Coffee Cart and Photo Booth. The booth will be outside the 4-H Exhibit Barn in the little red barn and will be open every day, August 17-23, 2015, from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Keurig coffee and hot chocolate, danishes, muffins and fruit will be available.

Commemorate your time at the 2015 Armada Fair with a photo from the 4-H Youth Council Photo Booth! For $5, the photo will be printed and placed in an Armada Fair frame while you wait. 

Your 4-H Coffee Cart and Photo Booth purchases will benefit the Macomb County 4-H Endowment Fund that will support Macomb County 4-H programming for years to come.

Calling All 4-H Clubs! Volunteer at Fair, Earn Cash for your Club
Attention All 4-H Clubs in Macomb County:
The Armada Fair is next week!  Although this is a busy time, we would like to encourage all registered county clubs, those showing and not showing at the fair, to volunteer to work our exhibit barn as well as our fundraiser during the week of August 17th to the 23rd to help raise money for the Council to give back to you-our clubs.
This year, along with walking around the exhibit barn, clubs that sign up for shifts will be in charge of selling coffee, danishes, and working the photo booth beneath the awning outside the barn during the period they signed up for. Clubs that sign up to work the barn and photo booth/concession stand will receive 25 percent of the total profit made during their shift(s). The remaining 75 percent will be added to the county's endowment fund that is designated to fund Macomb 4-H clubs' endeavors for many years to come. 
Training on how to work the photo booth/concession station is required. If you were unable to attend the mandatory training at the Macomb County 4-H Youth Council meeting on July 9th, please contact macombyouthcouncil@gmail.com. Thank you for all participating and helping raise money for us to support and fund the clubs of Macomb County!
-The Macomb County 4-H Youth Council
Superintendent's Message for Rabbit Leaders and Exhibitors
Rabbit Barn Duty
Leaders need to sign up for two time slots for Rabbit Barn Duty.  I have the chart available and you can contact me to check open slots.  The slots each day are:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday  10 a.m.-4 p.m. and 4 p.m.-10 p.m.
Thursday and Saturday   4 p.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.   
There will be a posted list of barn duties and emergency contacts, so everyone knows what to do while they are on duty. Of course the main responsibilities are to keep the rabbits safe, the barn clean, and promote your project area. I will also distribute this list as soon as it is finalized.
Check-In Times
Sunday, August 16
Meat Pens 10 a.m. - Noon
Rabbits 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
General Information
The barn will be set up by breed. 
When you are cleaning cages, only clean the soiled areas and add new shavings. A total cage cleanout is not always necessary.
If you have any questions or problems, please contact me by phone, text, or email.
Donna Schramm
Youth Rabbit Barn Superintendent

Poultry Shows and Events Cancelled Due to Avian Influenza
On June 1, 2015, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD)
issued a statement cancelling all poultry shows and exhibitions held in Michigan as a precaution
against the spread of avian influenza. This decision affects all 4-H poultry shows at county and
regional fairs, as well as other local 4-H events, until further notice. Co-mingling animals from
various flocks and facilities at these types of events provides an opportunity for diseases to
spread quickly.
MDARD's decision was a precautionary measure made in the interest of animal and public
health, as well to protect Michigan's poultry population. However, on June 8, 2015, the
Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced the first cases of highly pathogenic avian
influenza (HPAI) H5N2 had been confirmed in the state. The disease was found in free-ranging
Canada  geese in Macomb County.  
Though the disease is currently only in wild bird populations, no avian species will be allowed to
be displayed as part of any 4-H project, whether at a show, a club or group meeting, a petting
zoo, or at any other event or venue. The affected birds include but are not limited to those that
are part of Michigan 4-H's poultry (such as chickens, pheasants, turkeys, quail, water fowl,
guinea fowl and pea fowl) and exotic bird projects (such as emus and ostriches).  As an extra
precautionary measure, MSU Extension will also not allow the display of any live birds that are
part of the 4-H small animals program known as Pocket Pets, including canaries, parrots,
parakeets and macaws. This is for the health and safety of all birds in the state.  
Avian Flu: What it Means for Fair's Youth Exhibitors
MSU Extension staff, poultry superintendent Lori Clough, and members of the Armada Fair Board understand that the cancellation of 4-H poultry shows is disappointing to the many 4-H youth and volunteers who have invested their time and talents into poultry projects. While unfortunate, the decision is in the best interest of the state's poultry farmers, backyard hobbyists and 4-H families who participate in the poultry project. Please use this real-life opportunity as a teaching moment for our youth.
We still want to provide opportunities for 4-H'ers with poultry-related projects to showcase their work and to offer them valuable learning experiences in the project area. We are strongly encouraging all poultry project youth to compete in poultry showmanship, poultry club displays, egg production and to enter a poultry poster in the "Vet Science" category as an alternative to the meat or breed project.  
Report Possible Cases of Avian Influenza
For Michigan residents that are concerned about avian influenza in wild birds, if they notice a death loss of three or more free-ranging wild birds, primarily ducks, geese, swans, and/or shore birds, they should report it to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources at 517-336-5030. See the MDARD avian influenza flyer for more information. 
Volunteers Needed at the Michigan State Fair
Michigan 4-H has a booth at the 2015 Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair and needs your help to promote 4-H to fairgoers! The Michigan State Fair is Friday, September 4th through Monday, September 7th at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. The 4-H area will include a booth with tables for promotional items, crafts and hands-on activities, and educational demonstrations. This is a great opportunity for 4-H'ers to promote our program, talk about 4-H projects, and recruit volunteers and members. Fair admission will be provided to all who staff the booth! This includes 4-H'ers, parents, and volunteers who help in the booth. Work a shift or two and then enjoy the rest of the day at the fair! Sign up at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C054BABAD2FAAF85-michigan.
Michigan State Fair Scholarship Program
The Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair is committed to promoting and recognizing excellence in agriculture and is pleased to announce their Scholarship Program. Scholarships are available in the following areas: Home Arts, Agriculture, Livestock, Equine, and Urban Youth Agriculture. For more information and the applications, visit http://www.michiganstatefairllc.com/#!scholarship-programs/c21g8. Scholarship applications are due August 15, 2015.  

Good Luck to State 4-H Mini Horse Show Participants
Congratulations to Brooke Colombo (Midnite Riders) and Sydney Pallas (Just For Fun) for qualifying to participate in the 2015 State 4-H Miniature Horse Show on August 22 
in East Lansing. Good luck!
Congratulations to Macomb County's State 4-H Horse Show Participants

  Junior Saddle Seat Pleasure Championship
  Grand: Felicia Block of St. Clair County
  Reserve: Jenna Swinkowski of Macomb County

  Senior Saddle Seat Pleasure Championship
  Grand: Melanie LeDuc of Macomb County
  Reserve: Abigail Peterson of Muskegon County

Congratulations to Macomb County's State 4-H Horse Show participants! The show was held August 7-9, 2015 at Michigan State University. The photos above were shared to the Macomb County 4-H Facebook page. Complete results will be posted online soon at http://www.ans.msu.edu/extension/horse_youth_programs.

Macomb County Youth to Participate in State 4-H Dog Show 
Good luck to the State 4-H Dog Show participants from Macomb County:

Elizabeth Bennett with Keira (K-9 & Kompany)
Eli Brockert with Dez (Alarro and K-9 & Kompany)
Brianne Gryspeerd with Jackie (K-9 & Kompany)
Sarah Hood with Sweetie (K-9 & Kompany)
Trevor Hood with Jack (K-9 & Kompany)
Rebecca Kitchen with Ace (K-9 & Kompany)
Chylie Schramm with Flare and Snitch (K-9 & Kompany and School Section)
Participants will be demonstating agility, showmanship, rally and obedience skills and more at the MSU Pavilion in East Lansing on August 15th. Results will be posted online at http://msue.anr.msu.edu/events/state_4_h_dog_show, or look for them in future Macomb County 4-H newsletters!  

Register Now for the National 4-H Dairy Conference
The 2015 National 4-H Dairy Conference is September 27 - October 1 in Madison, WI. For youth to attend the conference, they must meet the following criteria, as established by the Conference organizers:
1.       Participated at least three years in the 4-H dairy program, including the current year
2.       Are in 10th - 12th grade and no older than 18 years as of January 1, 2015
3.       Have not attended the national dairy conference before
4.       Are not exhibiting animals at the World Dairy Expo
5.       Are not competing in this year's National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest
$400 per participant covers registration fees, travel, and housing and meals at the event. Please contact Marinda at ochsmari@anr.msu.edu for the registration forms. All forms must be received via mail in the state office by Friday, August 14, 2015. For more information, please visit the National 4-H Dairy Conference website: http://national4hdairyconference.org/.
Conference Materials:
Youth Media/Medical Release 

Become a 4-H Outdoor Adventure Challenge Leader     
The 4-H Outdoor Adventure Challenge (OAC) program uses the outdoors to help young people develop life skills. A multi-session training program is designed to develop the skills of adults interested in becoming OAC leaders. The training program includes an introduction to the 4-H OAC program and training in the technical skills needed for backpacking, caving, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, orienteering, winter camping, and outdoor survival. Applications are now being accepted for 4-H OAC upcoming workshops. 
Flat-water Canoeing on the Manistee River near Kingsley - August 28-30
Backpacking @ Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore - September 25-27
Please see the OAC brochure and the application for additional information.
Social Media Tips
Have you ever regretted something you posted on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram? Use these helpful tips to consider before you post online. Remember that social networking is very powerful and we all must use it responsibly!  

Logo Requirements for 4-H Flyers and Materials
Promotional materials for 4-H events such as livestock clinics, fundraisers, etc., must include the 4-H, MSU Extension, Macomb County, and Make Macomb Your Home logos and the MSU Extension disclaimer.  Flyers without these elements will not be approved and cannot be distributed. Contact Macomb County MSU Extension 4-H if you need copies of the logos. 

MSU Extension disclaimer: MSU is an affirmative-action, equal opportunity employer.  Michigan State University Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status.

Macomb County MSU Extension can help clubs and committees promote events through Macomb County, MSU, Macomb County 4-H Family News, Facebook, our web site, to project specific families through 4-H Online, and/or Commonwealth. Let us know when you send your flier for approval if you would like your event promoted via any or all of these methods.

Educational Materials and Equipment are Available for Club Use
Did you know? The Macomb County MSU Extension 4-H office has Dog, Goat, Horse, Poultry, and Rabbit learning kits, a buzzer system and curriculum available for club use! Located at the Clinton Township office, they may be checked out for up to three weeks at a time.  Information about the contents of the learning kits is online at http://www.ohio4h.org/books-and-resources/learning-lab-kits.
Contact Macomb County MSU Extension 4-H staff at 586-469-6431 or Macomb.4h@macombgov.org to check on availability, or stop by to look through the curriculum during regular business hours.

Michigan 4-H Animal Science Sportsperson of the Year Award
We are excited to announce that starting in 2015,  Michigan 4-H Youth Development  will be awarding a  Michigan 4-H Animal Science Sportsperson of the Year Award . If you know an adult or youth who has exemplified the definition of good sportsmanship in any of the 4-H animal science project areas, please consider nominating them by filling out the  nomination form  by Oct. 1, 2015

Hey, 4-H volunteers & members! Fall is recruitment time, full of opportunities to build membership. Extension staff wanted to pass along some ideas and resources for successful recruiting. Planning recruitment events as a club is a fun team building activity with many life skill building qualities. It provides youth the opportunity to improve their public speaking, marketing, and strategic planning. School open houses are excellent events to piggy-back and many will let you set up a booth and give you some time to speak to the group. No one speaks about 4-H better then the members themselves! Setting up a demonstration or providing a make-and-take craft project with youth while other members of the team speak with parents works very well.  Another thing to keep in mind while planning your club year are public community events such as People, Pets, & Vets. Your Extension office has recruitment materials available for members, such as Macomb County 4-H Program Directories, Welcome to 4-H flyers, banners, and posters in various sizes. Club leaders were each given a flash drive with recruitment materials on them so that your materials can be customized. Please share your success stories on the Macomb County 4-H Facebook page or submit contributions to macomb.4h@macombgov.org for the email blast!

Seed Saving Class Offered
Seed Saving will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on August 17th at Macomb County MSU Extension, 21885 Dunham Road, Clinton Township. Use Entrance E. Master Gardener Karen Burke will provide information on the ins and outs of saving seeds, including drying, storing and other tips. She will also discuss creating a seed library. Class is free, but please register in advance by calling 586-469-6440.

Junior Leadership Macomb is still accepting applications
Junior Leadership Macomb is an eight day leadership experience for high school juniors. Participating students will gain new information on the assets/issues of Macomb County through engaging activities, field trips and group discussions. They will also learn about their own leadership style.
Students entering their junior year in high school in the Fall of 2015 are eligible to apply.  The Junior Leadership Macomb Program is designed to:
  • Create opportunities for students to realize their leadership potential
  • Expose students to the systems that make up a County (Health Care, Environment, Arts, etc.)
  • Provide access to a network of professionals
  • Foster a commitment to community involvement
  6:00 pm - 7:30 pm 
Orientation with parents and students (weeknight)
  9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Personal Growth and Team Building
  9:00 am - 3:00 pm 
  9:00 am - 3:00 pm 
Community Service/Human Services
  9:00 am - 3:00 pm 
  9:00 am - 3:00 pm 
  9:00 am - 3:00 pm 
Health Care
  9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Graduation -  1pm to 4pm
Applications may be submitted via:

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.  
Macomb County 4-H Calendar of Events

August 2015

August 15

Deadline for Fifth Third Bank's   Michigan State Fair Scholarship  applications


August 16

Armada Fair Youth Livestock Sale Weigh-In

Swine will be weighed in between 8 a.m and 10 a.m.   

Beef, Sheep, Goats and Prospect Beef will be weighed in between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Sunday (Still Project) Judging, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Top 4-H'er interviews


August 17

Seed Saving

6:30-8 p.m., MSU Extension, Clinton Township


August 17-23

Armada Fair

Armada Fairgrounds, Armada


August 18

Top 4-H'ers announced

Statewide 4-H News
Statewide 4-H Calendar of Events

4-H Workshops 


September 27-October 1  

National 4-H Dairy Conference 

Madison, WI

October 7-8

Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities



October 17-18

4-H Visual Arts, Crafts, Sewing & Textiles Workshop

Kettunen Center, Tustin


October 21-22

Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities



November 27-December 1

National 4-H Congress

Atlanta, Georgia


February 6-7, 2016

4-H Winterfest

Kettunen Center, Tustin


February 19-20

4-H Veterinary Science Teen & Adult Leaders Workshop 

Kettunen Center, Tustin


February 20-21

4-H Beef, Sheep & Swine Teen & Adult Leaders Workshop

Kettunen Center, Tustin


March 11-13

Michigan 4-H Dairy Conference

Beechpoint Christian Camp, Allegan




Other 4-H Events


October 4-10

National 4-H Week



October 7

4-H National Youth Science Day



January 30, 2016

4-H Rabbit & Cavy Show

MSU Pavilion, East Lansing



For the most up-to-date events listing, go to http://4h.msue.msu.edu/events