| Macomb County 4-H News & Events
Build Your Future Workshop - Aug. 8
The Build Your Future Teen Leadership Workshop is from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on August 8, 2018 at the Max Thompson Family Resource Center, 11370 Hupp Ave., Warren, MI 48089. Open to youth ages 11-19, this workshop will include:
- Interviews for Success
- Making Career Connections
- Pathways to Success
- Resumes that Rock
- Applying for Scholarships
- Creating Portfolios
- Real Colors Personality Assessment.
Sparty Kids Summer Camp - August 20-24
Sparty Kids Summer Camp
is Aug. 20-24, 2018 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Max Thompson Family Resource Center, 11370 Hupp Ave., Warren, MI 48089. Youth participants ages 5-12 will experience fun, educational activities. The $75 fee includes breakfast, lunch and snack.
Register online at
. For more information, call 586-469-7614. Aftercare will be available for an additional fee of $10/hour per child until 5 p.m. with prior arrangement and cash payment. This event is hosted by Michigan State University Extension Youth Development.
AmeriCorps position available with MSUE
and apply online at https://indeedhi.re/2v3nxq1.
||MSU Extension in Clinton Township has a temporary, full-time 4-H SPIN Club Coordinator position available. This person will be responsible for delivering SPIN club programming to area schools and/or community partners. Find out more
Club re-enrollment packets
Club/Committee enrollment packets for 2018-2019 will be available for club leaders to pick up Aug. 13-19 at the Armada Fair. Materials will also be made available online and the links will be emailed to administrative club leaders by September 1st.
Year-end financial statements
Administrative club leaders: Each 4-H club, council and committee is required to
turn in a completed
Annual Financial Summary Report
2017-2018 to Macomb County MSU Extension at the completion of the 4-H program year (Aug. 31, 2018). The report may be turned in with your 2018-2019 4-H club re-enrollment forms, no later than November 1, 2018.
Webinar: Are you unsure about what to include in the report?
Join Michigan State University Extension staff for
Completing your 4-H Group's Annual Financial Report at
7:30 p.m. on September 13, 2018 to walk through the steps to completing the report and ask questions you have on the form, process, or financial accountability for 4-H groups. To sign up for this webinar, please visit
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. For more information contact Christine Heverly at
Bring 4-H Goat, Wool Breed Sheep books to the Fair
Per Goat Superintendent Roxann Mills, the Youth 4-H Wool Breeds Sheep and the Youth 4-H Goat project books can be brought to the fair with the exhibitor on Sunday August 12, 2018 for judging. They do not have to be turned in early. Roxann will be available to judge the books and interview the kids that day.
Practice showmanship for Wool Breeds Sheep and Goats that are not market goats will be on Thursday, August 2, 2018 and Thursday, August 9 2018 at 7 p.m. at the home of Roxann Mills,
13566 Bryce Road, Capac, Mich
. Exhibitors do not have to bring their animals. Animals will be available for them to work with.
Pre-order pine shavings for fair week from the 4-H Youth Council
Are you showing animals at the Armada Fair? Pre-order your Armada Fair pine shavings supply at
. Order the bales you need in advance and pick them up on the fairgrounds throughout fair week as needed! The cost is $5.75/bale or three bales for $17.00. This is a Macomb County 4-H Youth Council fundraiser. Payment must be made on Sunday, Aug. 12 or Monday, Aug. 13 by cash or check made out to Macomb County 4-H Youth Council. For more information, contact Maggie Bohm at email@example.com or (586) 265-9051.
Volunteer during Fair Week: August 13-19
Volunteers are needed during the Armada Fair to help make sure 4-H events, fundraisers and shows run smoothly. Here are some ways to volunteer:
Exhibit Barn: Sign up for a slot in the Exhibit Barn at the Armada Fair at https://bit.ly/2u0cRbn. It's a great opportunity to promote 4-H to the public and our members are our greatest spokespersons!
2018 4-H Fair Theme: 4-H is the Happiest Place on Earth
Armada Fair Youth Livestock Sale information
To: Club Leaders, 4-H families, FFA instructors, FFA families
From: Armada Fair Youth Livestock Sale Committee
Date: July 30, 2018
Re: Armada Fair Livestock Sale Information
As you know, a lot of work goes into preparing for the shows and Livestock Sale. The sale
committee is in need of all clubs that participate in sale to lend a hand during fair week.
10 a.m. to noon is market fowl weigh-in/pullorum testing (market fowl must be in on Saturday) and all other 4-H poultry pullorum testing and intake.
Weigh in times: Swine - 8 a.m.-10 a.m., Lambs, Goats, Steers & Prospect Steers - 2 p.m.-6 p.m.
Monday morning after feed time we need some parents and youth to help set up the show arena.
If you have more than one large animal project the sale committee needs to know by noon on
Thursday which project you intend to sell through the auction sale. If you do not intend on selling
your project at the auction the sale committee needs to know no later than noon on Thursday that
you are pulling your animal from the sale. (All champions must sell).
Friday morning after feed time, we need parents and youth to help set up the sale area. Each family
participating in the sale needs to bring in one case of water and box of prepackaged snacks
(i.e. cookies, crackers, chips, granola bars, packaged peanuts etc. - please do not bring until Friday as we
have no room for storage).
Friday afternoon/evening, we need parents to help register buyers, help move animals/kids to sale
area for lineup, pass out buyer gifts, help w/photos & write out buyer thank-you signs. We also need
youth to pass out snacks.
After the kids have sold their project and returned it to their pen, they are to report to the sale office to
receive their thank-you sign. The sign must be displayed over the project by the end of the sale.
Youth that are selling hogs are asked to skip the evening feed time so that the picture taking process
will go smoothly. You can feed your animals upon return to their pen.
Saturday morning after feed time we need parents and youth to help take down and clean up sale
Animals must be checked out and verified by sale committee member before they can be released
from pens on Sunday evening. After animals are loaded out parents and youth are needed to help
take down gates and pens.
Let's all have a safe and fun time at the fair with good sportsmanship and
Submitted by JoEllen Clark and Lori Clough, 4-H volunteers
Michigan 4-H encourages sportsmanship, resources available
Did you know? Michigan 4-H Youth Development awards a Michigan 4-H Animal Science Sportsperson of the Year Award. If you know of an adult or youth that has exemplified the definition of good sportsmanship in the 4-H animal science project areas, please consider nominating them by October 1.
Volunteer Opportunity at Sizzlin' Summer Night in Eastpointe
Looking for a few extra volunteer hours? Come join Macomb County 4-H staff at the 5th annual Sizzlin' Summer Night from 6-9 p.m. on August 2, 2018 at Kennedy Park, 24501 Schroeder Avenue, Eastpointe! Macomb 4-H will have a table where families can learn about joining 4-H and becoming a volunteer all while playing a fun game. The event will have games, food, music, and end with a movie. For more information about the event go to:
Contact Macomb 4-H Program Coordinator Katelyn Burns at (586) 469-5979 if interested in volunteering.
JOANN 4-H Rewards Program: Help 4-H & save!
Save 15 percent with
JOANN 4-H Rewards
! Current & lifetime members, parents of members, volunteers and 4-H staff can save 15% off total in-store and online purchases every day with 4-H Rewards. JOANN will give a minimum of 2.5% of every eligible transaction to support 4-H programming.
County Awards: Apply or nominate deserving members, volunteers by Oct. 1
Macomb County 4-H'ers work hard on their projects all year, and the 4-H County Awards Program is one way for them to be recognized for their efforts. Members (and volunteers) can apply or be nominated for a 4-H County Award. Consider applying or nominating a deserving 4-H'er!
Michigan 4-H members who are currently enrolled in a Macomb County 4-H program and are 11 to 19 years of age as of January 1 of the current program year are eligible for the Macomb County 4-H Awards Program. The Macomb County 4-H Awards Program is divided into two age divisions: Junior (4-H ages 11-14) and Senior (4-H ages 15-19). The purpose of this awards program is to recognize Macomb County 4-H youth for engaging in rich learning experiences that result in outstanding knowledge and life-skill development.
It's worth it! After participating in the County 4-H Awards Program youth will:
Learn to better communicate and articulate their accomplishments on professional applications such as scholarships, college entrance applications, résumés and cover letters for employment
Have more experience and be better able to communicate during job interviews
Build long-lasting friendships and establish connections with industry and academic leaders
Be encouraged to set new goals, continue building skills and assets, and broaden interests
applications must be returned to the Macomb County MSU Extension 4-H Office
or be postmarked by October 1st. Please note that the deadline has been changed. Forms are available online at
. For more information about 4-H County Awards Program, contact Macomb County 4-H Program Coordinator Lizz Duran
4-H Teen Counselor Program
Michigan State University Extension is accepting applications for high school students for the position of
. Students will earn certificates of community service hours while gaining valuable professional work experience in a fun, professional environment mentored by Michigan State University Extension. Upon completion of the program, a letter of reference will be provided based on performance. This is an excellent opportunity for any student but especially for those considering careers as teachers, youth development, or in the human services sector. For more information, call 586-469-6090.
| Other Local News & Events
Armada Fair needs volunteers to set up pens
The Armada Fair is in need volunteers to set up pens in Barn 15 on Saturday, August 4th
at 1 p.m. Call 586-784-5488 for more information.
Become a Master Gardener
MSU Extension's 14-week
Master Gardener Training
provides in-depth education in many aspects of
horticulture, including trees and shrubs, flowers, fruits, vegetables, soil, water, pests, indoor plants, lawns and more. After completing 40 hours of volunteer community service, participants earn their Extension Master Gardener certification, a widely recognized designation. Classes will meet at Macomb County MSU Extension in Clinton Township from 5:30-9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Aug. 14-Nov. 20, 2018. The cost is $325 per person. Register and pay online at
. For more information, contact Karen Burke, 586-469-6086 or
event needs volunteers with animals - September 9
Advantage Living Center in Armada is holding an event called Farmada on September 9, 2018. They are
looking for volunteers to bring rabbits, poultry, sheep, llamas, calves, goats, dogs and cats for the residents to be able to pet and enjoy. If you are willing to bring a kind-hearted animal, please call Darla at 586-784-5322 and ask for the activities department. Please leave a message with your name and number and she will call you back.
Rabbit needs a new home
Oreo is a one year old mini lop that was born on March 23, 2017. His current owner picked him up from a breeder in Midland in May 2017. If needed, his cage can be included so that he may continue to feel at 'home'. The family is hoping to find him a loving home where he will be cared for as a pet. Unfortunately, they are no longer able to provide care for him. He is intact and is healthy. Oreo has always been an indoor rabbit. If interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pet roosters looking for a home, need something to crow about
Three nine-week old PET roosters looking for a loving farm/family. They are all well-behaved and just starting to crow. If interested in one, two, or three, contact Kathy at email@example.com. Time is of the essence.
Statewide 4-H News
Exploration Days Lost & Found
Exploration Days lost and found items are listed below. If you attended this year's event at MSU and believe any of these items could be yours, please contact Macomb County 4-H Program Coordinator Seth Martin, 586-783-8163, or Laura Potter-Niesen,
Unclaimed items are typically donated.
Lost and Found 2018:
- Black and gray Adidas bag with UNO Zelda cards and portable charger inside
- Long Board with green wheels
- Orange Bright Spark bag with the Vault water bottle inside
- Gray desert camo MMA Elite baseball hat
- Johns Manville baseball hat
- Pink sweatshirt with 91 on it
- Chicago Bulls hat
- Gray Nike sweatshirt
- Gray and Purple Washington DC sweatshirt found in Akers room 111
- A pillow with a light green pillow case
- A white stand up fan - Holmes W. 422
- Black jeans 38X40 - Holmes W. 211
- Gray towel - Holmes W. 118
- Kylo Ren pillow
- Black Under Armor with green "H"- Holmes W. 369
- Camo flip flops - Holmes W. 552
- Blue bow tie - Holmes W. 363
- Gray Memorex alarm clock - Holmes 365
- Green fan - Holmes W. 207
- Blue tie - Holmes E. 376
- Black tie - Holmes E. 376
- Black bag with Sean on it - Holmes E. 376
- Gray shorts - Holmes E. 512
- Gray, cream, and orange shirt - Holmes E. 512
- Sliver fan - Holmes E. 427
- Light pink sheets - Holmes W. 510
- Blue umbrella - Holmes E. 404
- Gold leaf pin - Holmes E. 227
- The Stone Prince -
- Canon charger - Holmes W. 303
- Maddie Minerick ASL book- E. Holmes, 4
- Gray wallet with blue monsters riding a skateboard
Accessing and Applying for Student Loans - August 10
How to prepare financially for college
What does the FAFSA and Financial Aid process look like?
How to choose which loans to utilize
The class is free and will be held via Zoom. It is recommended that you have a microphone and webcam, but it is not necessary.
Understanding Repayment Option for Student Loans - August 17
Federal vs. Private Loans
Different Repayment Plans
Loan Consolidation Pros and Cons
Register online at
. The class will be held via Zoom. It is recommended that you have a microphone and webcam, but it is not necessary.
MSU Welcome Week 4-H Alumni Reception
Join MSU Extension for the second annual
MSU Welcome Week
4-H Alumni Reception on Monday, August 27!
If you are a current or former 4-H'er attending MSU this fall, stop
by the Atrium of the Justin S. Morrill Hall of Agriculture from
5:30-7:30 p.m. for networking and free dinner!
Members of the MSU Extension staff will be on site to interact with
4-H alums and free pizza and pop will be provided. Come to meet fellow 4-H'ers, network with staff and students, and have fun.
Michigan State Fair: Free 4-H admission day, volunteers needed for 4-H booth
Michigan State Fair at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi starts Thursday, Aug. 30
and runs through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3! The fair includes rides, Shrine Circus, exhibits (livestock, horses, agriculture and home arts), live music & entertainment, shopping, competitions and contests and lots of fair food!
Free admission for 4-H'ers on Thursday, Aug. 30: All 4-H youth with proof of membership (member card or lanyard) receive free admission with the purchase of one adult admission. This does not include rides or the circus.
: If interested in exhibiting and scholarships, the online deadlines are fast approaching! Departments include livestock, equine, agriculture and home arts. Complete fair information, including the fair book, rules and applications can be found at
. Please stop by the Michigan State University/MSU Extension and 4-H youth activities area at the Michigan State Fair!
Volunteers needed: If you are interested (youth or adult) in volunteering at the booth, helping out with hands on activities (crafts, hoverball archery, Commodity Carnival) anytime during the fair dates with free admission for all volunteers, please sign up at:
For more information about our booth, please contact Debbie Morgan at 248.347.3860 (279) or
2018 Michigan 4-H Goat Project Youth Workshop - September 22
2018 Michigan 4-H Goat Project Youth Workshop
is from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on September 22, 2018 at the Ionia Fairgrounds, 317 South Dexter Street, Ionia, MI 48846.
This workshop is open to any youth between the ages of 13 and 19 as of Jan. 1, 2019 and will be limited to the first 80 youth registered.
Participants in the 2018 Michigan 4-H Goat Project Teen Workshop will have the opportunity to rotate through hands-on educational sessions that cover topics such as parasite management, exploring the digestive system, dairy goat judging, and make it, take it, use it goat equipment! At the conclusion of the day, participants will be invited to compete in a goat judging contest. The cost is $35 per youth and includes
all session supplies, lunch, and a workshop t-shirt. Adult volunteers may audit the sessions and receive lunch and a workshop t-shirt for $20.
Register and pay online at
by September 12th. For more information contact Katie Ockert at (517) 432-5270 or
Upcoming changes to Michigan 4-H Age Policy
Beginning September 1, 2018, the Michigan 4-H Participant Age Policy will change to reflect a younger beginning age for 4-H members. The new age for 4-H members will be 8 to 19 years old, continuing to use January 1 of the program year as the date of calculation. The 4-H cloverbud experience will remain available to youth ages 5-7.
This policy change is being implemented by MSU Extension after lengthy consultation with early childhood and Michigan 4-H youth development staff, as well as careful consideration of research regarding youth and competition. Furthermore, it will move Michigan 4-H into alignment with counterparts across the country, including National 4-H.
As always, age appropriateness and safety will remain a top consideration for 4-H
programming areas and Michigan 4-H will continue to support minimum age limits for certain learning environments that may not be appropriate for children 8 years of age. Additionally, individual county 4-H programs with MSU Extension will also retain their right to determine the beginning age for 4-H involvement within that county.
Michigan 4-H project snapshot sheets are available online
Michigan 4-H snapshot sheets cover what 4-H'ers can learn from projects, ways to get involved and resources for learning more. Find them online at https://bit.ly/2unx2PK.
Michigan 4-H AmeriCorps program, 4-H STEAM Corps, recruiting members
||Are you interested in making a difference in the lives of young people while giving back to your community? Join 4-H STEAM Corps! 4-H STEAM Corps will place 30 active, engaged national service members in county 4-H offices across Michigan to build and facilitate 4-H SPIN clubs focused on science, technology, engineering, art and math programming.
4-H STEAM Corps members will serve 11 month terms from September 2018 to August 2019 and will receive a living stipend, deferment for qualified student loans, childcare assistance, food assistance and healthcare. Upon successful completion of 1,700 service hours, members will receive an education award to be applied towards future tuition costs or existing student loans. Interested candidates should contact Rachel Puckett at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-676-7296 for more information.
Swine Influenza: Animal safety at fair
Keeping animals and people healthy during fair season is imperative. Each summer we see animal health situations emerge. In early July, MSU Extension received notification that swine flu (H2N3) was identified at a fair in Indiana. This is a great opportunity to refresh your memory about all of the resources that exist to help you from Extension.
Please review the resources available at
. This page contains fair and event resources such as fact sheets, guides, and signage that is ready for use. There is also good information for youth and families about preventative tips for keeping both humans and animals healthy. Lastly, this page has links to the most current swine influenza MSU Extension news articles.
Remember good biosecurity practices this county fair season
County fair season is a fun and exciting time but it is also a time of high risk for biosecurity. Whether you're headed to or returning from your local fair, the following simple and effective tips can help protect your animals, local farms and community.
1. Keep your distance
: Restrict animal access to people, wildlife and other domestic animals that could potentially be carrying disease. Keep animals that were at the fair separate from animals that were not for 28 - 30 days. If possible, do not allow nose-to-nose contact and provide as much distance between animals.
2. Keep it clean:
Washing your hands, clothes and footwear thoroughly before and after working with animals and regularly cleaning and disinfecting your equipment is essential to preventing disease on any farm. Disinfect all buckets, feeders, tools and footwear used at the fair along with throwing away all feed or hay that was at the fair.
3. Don't bring in disease:
Think twice before sharing equipment or supplies with neighbors. If you decide to share equipment with others, always clean and disinfect equipment before and after sharing. Disinfect boots, vehicles and other items after returning from another farm or the fair. Take care of animals that stayed home from the show first, and animals that were at the show second. Do not go back and forth between animals as this increases the risk of cross-contamination.
4. Recognize a sick animal:
Early detection of unhealthy animals can help prevent the spread of the disease among your animals and in your community. Observe animals daily for signs and symptoms of illness, such as obvious pain or discomfort, decrease in appetite and water intake, fever, lethargy, diarrhea or changes in consistency in manure, discharge from nasal cavity or eyes, or overall weakness. If you notice any of these symptoms, call your veterinarian immediately.
Michigan 4-H exhibitors have many responsibilities year-round, but taking time out to practice good biosecurity protocols can keep everyone healthy and safe. Learn more about biosecurity practices for
National 4-H News
2018 National 4-H Congress
Participate in the 2018 National 4-H Congress November 23 to 27 in Atlanta, Georgia! Michigan 4-H youth ages 14-19 are invited to apply for this leadership, citizenship and community service event. In this capstone 4-H youth leadership event, 4-H youth from across the U.S. will come together to experience an exciting program, full of educational, service and leadership opportunities as well as local cultural tours and experiences. The event includes outstanding community leaders, speakers and educators. The exact cost will be determined based on the number of delegates and airfare, but will be around $1500. Fees include registration, hotel, airfare, and most meals. For more information, contact Macomb County MSU Extension at 586-469-6431 or
. Be sure to check out the website at
Do you have 4-H'ers who are creative or artistic? Encourage them to upload a photo of their artwork online at https://bit.ly/2OxwCzz for the chance to be selected for the 2019 4-H Youth Artwork calendar and other 4-H promotional items. All forms of media are accepted. The deadline for submission is August 10, 2018.
National 4-H Dairy Conference
Registration for this five-day event is available until August 20 at https://national4hdairyconference.org/registration/. Lodging information can be found at https://national4hdairyconference.org/lodging/.
Share your passion for the dairy industry with 4-H members across the nation at the National 4-H Dairy Conference beginning September 30, 2018.
Held in conjunction with the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin, conference participants hear from influential dairy industry speakers, engage in hands-on seminars, and meet true leaders from all areas of the United States.
Calendars of Events
Macomb County 4-H Events
7 p.m., 13566 Bryce Road, Capac
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Max Thompson Family Resource Center, Warren
7 p.m., 13566 Bryce Road, Capac
9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, Max Thompson Family Resource Center, Warren
Other Local Events
Armada Fairgrounds, Armada
August 14-November 20
5:30-9:30 p.m., Tuesdays
Advantage Living Center, Armada
Statewide 4-H Events
Bluewater Sportsmen's Association, Kimball
Camp Chickagami, Presque Isle
12-1 p.m., online
MSU Pavilion, MSU, East Lansing
12-1 p.m., online
5:30-7:30 p.m., Justin S. Morrill Hall of Agriculture, MSU, East Lansing
Michigan State Fair, LLC, Novi
7:30 p.m., online
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Ionia Fairgrounds, Ionia
Other Statewide Events
August 30-September 3
National 4-H Events