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August 2020     
Macomb County 4-H News & Events
Macomb County 4-H members named 
Michigan 4-H State Award Winners
Two Macomb County teens were selected to receive 2020 Michigan 4-H State Awards in the program's Junior Division. Aubrey Richards, 14, of Shelby Township and Morgan Jowett, 14, of Sterling Heights were recognized by MSU Extension during a virtual ceremony on June 24. Both girls are very active members of City Slickers 4-H Club and also attend County and Statewide.

Aubrey Richards

Richards was selected for her work in the Food, Nutrition, Health & Fitness project areas. She has been a 4-H member for six years and has shown leadership by serving as her club's treasurer. Richards has a great interest in global programs and has hosted youth from South Korea, Japan and Norway. Richards states in her application, "I realized when I was applying for my high school how many amazing opportunities and experiences I have had because of 4-H. It has given me an advantage as I had more accomplishments, awards, and opportunities over my peers." 

Morgan Jowett
Jowett was recognized for her accomplishments in the Performing Arts project area. A member of City Slickers 4-H Club, she also serves as Secretary for the Macomb County Youth Council. Jowett has been a 4-H member for three years. In her application, she states, "In doing 4-H, I have become more confident in myself and I have been able to reach out more and talk to others. This has helped me gain the confidence to take on new challenges, such as community service projects and volunteer work." 

Jowett credits her sister, who has cerebral palsy and attends Glen Peters School for special needs children, for getting her involved in 4-H. Her sister's class participates in 4-H and shows crafts at the Armada Fair. 

A Michigan 4-H State Award is the highest honor bestowed on Michigan 4-H members. The prestigious annual event is an opportunity for 4-H members to receive recognition while developing their leadership skills and personal portfolio. This year, 64 youth representing 25 counties applied. 

The Michigan 4-H State Awards Program is open to 4-H members ages 13-19. For more information about the program, visit https://bit.ly/30eiu4X. Read the girls' applications online at https://adobe.ly/32k7Zjl and https://adobe.ly/30gdvAC

To learn more about Michigan 4-H, visit https://www.canr.msu.edu/macomb/4-h/

County Awards deadline approaching
September 16th is the deadline for Macomb County 4-H members and volunteers to submit a nomination/application for 2020 County Awards. The Macomb County Awards program is an opportunity that allows 4-H youth to articulate in a written format what they have gained from their 4-H experience and projects. The information compiled is the beginning of a professional portfolio and can also be used in a multitude of other venues such as job applications, college applications and scholarships.

This yearly event is hosted by the Macomb County Youth Council in a formal setting. However this year due to COVID-19, we will follow the lead of the State 4-H Awards Program and compile a virtual format. More information to come. For an application, visit https://www.canr.msu.edu/macomb/4-h/Awards-Recognition/county-awards.

2020-2021 4-H enrollment to begin mid-September
4-H Online enrollment/re-enrollment for the 2020-2021 4-H program year will be delayed until mid-September as we migrate to 4-H Online 2.0. The newest version of 4-H Online promises to streamline the enrollment process, will include an online payment option and more. Watch for instructions and a new 4-H Online Family Guide to be made available soon!

Annual 4-H Financial Summary Reports
Club/Committee administrative leaders: Completed Annual 4-H Financial Summary Report forms are due to Macomb County MSU Extension for the 2019-2020 4-H program year (Sept. 1, 2019-Aug. 31, 2020) by October 1, 2020. Please email them to macomb.4h@macombgov.org or mail them to Macomb County MSU Extension, Attn: 4-H, 21885 Dunham Road, Suite 12, Clinton Township, MI 48036.

Scholarships, Awards, and Jobs...Oh My!

Whether it is for a job, award, or scholarship...applications can be overwhelming. It's hard to know where to start! The Scholarships, Awards, and Jobs...Oh My! Portfolio workshop will help you get started in the right direction. By the end of the week you will have 4 main written pieces needed for many applications: leadership, community service, 4-H story and impact, and resume. 

Who: 4-H Members ages 12+
(we will have a Macomb County focus, but any 4-H member is welcome to join!)

When: Monday, August 10 - Friday, August 14 11:00 am - 12:00 pm each day

Where: Online, using Zoom

Questions? Contact 4-H Program Coordinator Katelyn Burns at burnska9@msu.edu.

Macomb County Youth Council 
and County Awards GooseChase

What does the Macomb County 4-H Youth Council do? How can I earn awards and recognition for my hard work in 4-H? These are just a couple of the things that you will learn by joining us for the Macomb County Youth Council and County Awards GooseChase!  Macomb County 4-H members ages 12+ can join in on this fun, online scavenger hunt using the free GooseChase App and top scorers can earn 4-H prizes! 
For complete program information and to register, please go to https://forms.gle/GcoLCTdvC2n6XHSU9. The game will open on Monday, August 10 and close on Wednesday, August 19. Register by Friday, August 7.

Questions? Contact 4-H Program Coordinator Katelyn Burns at

4-H Viticulture Program to pilot in Macomb County
A new 4-H viticulture program will be piloted at Youngblood Vinyard in Macomb County's Ray Township. Youth participants will be learning about grapes and the grape-growing process. For more information about the program in Macomb County, contact 4-H Program Coordinator Seth Martin, mart1885@msu.edu
Statewide 4-H News & Events 
Join the Michigan State Fair 
4-H & Youth Virtual Showcase!

MSU Extension is excited to partner with the Michigan State Fair to launch an exciting new program for Michigan youth: the Michigan State Fair 4-H & Youth Virtual Showcase. This statewide showcase will provide a virtual platform for Michigan 4-H'ers and other youth to exhibit their work in all project areas and apply for $10,000 in scholarships. Michigan youth ages 5-19 are encouraged to participate.

Registration will be opening soon! While classes are still being finalized, MSU Extension and the Michigan State Fair hope to celebrate all the projects and programs in which youth have developed skill and mastery. This includes livestock and companion animal classes such as showmanship, breeding and market classes, as well as still exhibits, educational projects and more.

Once open, registration will be available until August 23. There is no cost to participate and youth may engage in as many classes as they wish. Project evaluation will begin on August 24 with winners announced during the Michigan State Fair, September 3-7. Begin working on your project photos and videos now to ensure you're ready to submit when registration opens!

In addition to the opportunity to showcase their skills, recognize their accomplishments and receive constructive feedback for growth and development, participants in the Michigan State Fair 4-H & Youth Virtual Showcase will also have the opportunity to apply for $10,000 in scholarships. Applications and criteria are still being developed - more details about the scholarships and Michigan State Fair 4-H & Youth Virtual Showcase will be shared online at extension.msu.edu/MSF4HShowcase as details become available. We hope you will consider participating in this exciting new opportunity!

Michigan Forestry Scavenger Hunt

From August 7-12, families with youth ages 5-19 are welcome to join in the Michigan Forestry Scavenger Hunt! This self-paced experience will have families taking part in forestry-themed missions and sharing their progress with other teams in this online GooseChase scavenger hunt.
Participate from your backyard, campground, or wherever your family will be during this time! All you need is a smart phone or tablet with a camera.

The top placing U.P. and Lower Peninsula teams will be awarded a prize package that includes a camp hammock. In addition, other prize packages will also be awarded to teams throughout the scavenger hunt.

For more information and to register, visit www.canr.msu.edu/events/michigan-forestry-scavenger-hunt.

Free Summer Horse Care Online Course
Horse owners around the country look forward to summertime equestrian activities to get them through the winter months. Due to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, many shows, trail rides and clubs have cancelled their live events. In a heartfelt effort to support horse enthusiasts, the MSU Extension Equine Team has put together a Summer Horse Care online course series and is offering it free of charge during 2020. 

Participants can earn a certificate for each of the following units:

Unit 1: Routine Health Care - covers vaccinations, deworming, and dental care.

Unit 2: Pasture Management - covers pasture planning, renovation, forage species, grazing management, and toxic plants.

Unit 3: Manure Management - covers water quality, manure management options, and composting.

Unit 4: Biosecurity - biosecurity protocol for equine and people, wildlife and insect control, and COVID-19 resources.

To learn more, go to www.myhorseuniversity.com/summer-horse-care-101.

Teen Talk: Money Tips - August 17

Do you have money questions? Want 
to hear some money tips straight from your teenage peers? The Michigan 
4-H Money Smart Youth Ambassadors invite youth ages 10-19 to a Zoom webinar on August 17, 2020 from 
2-3 p.m. to have your questions answered live and learn a few helpful money management ideas from teens. 
Register by August 16th and ask your questions at

Virtual concert to benefit 4-H
Tune in to the free virtual #FarmOn Benefit Concert on Aug. 27, 2020 at 8 pm EDT/7 pm CDT. The concert will feature Lee Brice, Justin Moore, and others and will benefit the 4-H FOURWARD Fund. For details, visit https://bit.ly/32QrGj7.

4-H Bogs Boots now available

Love Bogs boots? You can now wear them and support 4-H! Not only do the boots have fun 4-H clover designs, but Bogs will donate $5 for each pair sold to National 4-H Council to support 4-H outdoor education programs.
Women and children boots are currently available for purchase in stores and online at BOGSfootwear.com. Men's boots will be available in early August.

Virtual Achievement Day 4-H Open Horse Show
Registration for the Livingston County 4-H Horse Committee's virtual Achievement Day 4-H Open Horse Show begins August 1. There is a $5 office fee per exhibitor. Proceeds will benefit the Livingston County 4-H Horse Program. 

Entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on August 15. Please visit https://events.anr.msu.edu/AchievementDay/ for the show bill and to register. Contact Emily Hoover hooverem@msu.edu for more information.

Enrichment kits available
Michigan State University Extension is excited to provide a new resource for agencies, schools, child care centers, or other groups working with parents and caregivers who are unexpectedly home with their children all day during the novel corona virus pandemic- Extension Extra Enrichment Kits. We are excited to partner with your agency or group to help you create at-home learning kits for the families you serve. 

The Extension Extra Enrichment Kits feature five to six early childhood activities with a focused learning goal (social and emotional health, literacy, STEM, etc.), a supply list, suggested children's books, introduction letters to families to explain how to use the materials, and an evaluation so families can share their experience with the kits. The first kit focused on Social Emotional Health is now available for download. 

If you are interested in receiving a FREE digital download of the Extension Extras Social Emotional Health Enrichment Kit or if you would like to be contacted when new kits are developed please complete our online request form. Upon completing your request, you will be provided with access to digital Extension Extras Social and Emotional Health Enrichment Kit.  Find a sample activity, introductory letter to the kits and the link to request the digital download at https://bit.ly/39zbuUA.
Calendars of Events 
Macomb County 4-H Events

August 10-14
Zoom Webinar
11 a.m.-12 p.m. daily

August 10-19
Macomb County 4-H Youth Council & County Awards GooseChase

September 16
Macomb County 4-H Awards application deadline

4-H Online enrollment opens for 2020-2021

Statewide 4-H Events

August 5
Zoom Webinar
(MSU Extension staff, volunteers, and university faculty will be leading educational seminars each Wednesday to help youth refine dairy management and life skills learned through 4-H. )

August 6
Setting Up a Mini Golf Course  for Fun and the Future 
Zoom Webinar
(An indoor mini golf course can be a lot of fun and it can also assist you in your future career. Youth are encouraged to join this session to learn more! Exploratory sessions for youth ages 8-12 are offered each Thursday at 4 p.m. )

August 6
Zoom Webinar
(This program will take place each Thursday. Each session will be a fun-filled look at features of the Straits of Mackinac, including the Mackinac Bridge, local nature preserves and more. )

August 7
Zoom Webinar
Join this webinar to learn more about Brazilian culture from a native! Come with any questions you may have about Brazil and daily life. 

August 17
Teen Talk: Money Tips
Zoom Webinar
2-3 p.m.  

August 25
4-H Teen Tuesday -  All About Chocolate 
Zoom Webinar
(Current 4-H members ages 13-19 can connect each Tuesday with their peers across the state while learning about a wide array of 4-H project areas.)

August 25-27 
Zoom Webinar
(Find the entrepreneur in you with this free virtual camp. Interactive activities introduce the 4-H entrepreneurship project while you develop your business ideas and learn how to market.)  

August 27
4-H at 4 on Thursdays - Crafts Around the World
Zoom Webinar
(Youth will explore simple cultural traditional crafts from around the world. This session will feature yarn art from North America.) 

National 4-H Events

August 27
Online. Free, benefits the  FOURWARD Fund

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

View more virtual events at canr.msu.edu/Online4MI.
Macomb County 
4-H Staff
Ed Scott
District 11 Coordinator
Oakland & Macomb Counties
Diane Wisnewski
4-H Extension Supervising
& Staff Development Educator

4-H Program Coordinator

4-H Program Coordinator

Kathy Jamieson
4-H Educator

4-H Program Coordinator

4-H Educator

4-H SPIN Club Coordinator

Office Assistant - Senior


Web Site:

MSU Extension
VerKuilen Building
21885 Dunham Road, Ste. 12
Clinton Township, MI 48036
Phone: (586) 469-6431

MSU Extension
Max Thompson
Family Resource Center
11370 Hupp
Warren, MI 48089
Phone: (586) 469-7614
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