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January 2019     
Macomb County 4-H News & Events
Macomb County 4-H Youth Council to meet Jan. 15
The next Macomb County 4-H Youth Council meeting is at  6:30 p.m. on January 15, 2019 at MSU Extension in Clinton Township. All are welcome to attend.

New Macomb County 4-H Web page
Macomb County MSU Extension has a new web address: https://www.canr.msu.edu/macomb/4-h/ . Feel free to contact Macomb County MSU Extension 4-H at macomb.4h@macombgov.org or 586-469-6431 if you don't see what you're looking for.

Eat pizza, support 4-H

Macomb County 4-H is selling Hungry Howie's gift certificates. Each $7 certificate comes in a miniature pizza box and is good for a 12" carry-out one topping pizza from participating Hungry Howie's locations. Proceeds will
be used for participation fee scholarships for Macomb County 4-H youth. Purchase certificates from MSU Extension in Clinton Township (cash only). Questions? Call 586-469-6431.

Good Times roll at Holly Days Parade

Good Times 4-H Club members joined in the fun at Holly Days in Armada on 
December 1st. The group represented 4-H in the festival's lighted parade.  Pictured 
above are Brenden Vollen, Nolan Roose, Jackson Malburg, Logan  Vollen and 
Addyson Roose.

Santa attends 4-H workshop
Santa attended the 4-H Santa's Workshop held in Romeo, Saturday, December 15th. Make and take Holiday crafts were made, and the hot chocolate bar with a variety of mixable was delicious! Let's make this a yearly event. 

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

AmeriCorps Member
4-H Program Coordinator

4-H Educator

Computer Maintenance Clerk


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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R inke receives 2018 4-H Lifetime Achievement Award

Mr. Allan Rinke was awarded the 2018 Lifetime Award at the 2018 Macomb County 4-H Awards Event in Clinton Township on November 4th. Mr. Rinke was a former club leader for Ray's Riding Rascals. He continues to assist with the club's annual tack sale to this date. He can be found walking around speaking on his bullhorn during the sale. Mr. Rinke reminisced fondly about his experiences in 4-H when he accepted his plaque. Thank you Mr. Rinke for a lifetime of service to Macomb County 4-H youth.

Pictured from left to right are Michelle Porter, Allan Rinke, and Rod Porter. The Porters are the current leaders of Ray's Riding Rascals 4-H Club. Rinke received the 2018 4-H Lifetime Achievement Award.

Congratulations to 2018 Mark of Excellence Award recipient David Casto!
Macomb County 4-H'er David Casto received a 2018 Mark of Excellence medal, and his winning essay was added to the Mark of Excellence history book at the Michigan 4-H Foundation and State 4-H Office at MSU Extension. The essay is also on display at the Kettunen Centerin Tustin, Michigan. David is a member of Ray Community 4-H Club. He has participated in the Birds & Poultry, Rabbits & Cavies, Sheep and Shooting Sports project areas. He has been in 4-H for two years. 

Every year, counties across Michigan offer 4-H youth ages 11 and 12 the opportunity to participate in Michigan 4-H State Awards' 4-H Mark of Excellence essay contest. As part of the contest, up to two 4-H youth essays from each county are selected to be recognized as award winners. The essay theme is "Because of 
4-H, I can..." Essays should be 500 words or less. Macomb County 4-H members should submit essays for the 2019 competition to Michigan State University Extension , Attn: Lizz Duran, 11370 Hupp Avenue, Warren, MI 48089 by Feb. 1, 2109.

And for our Juniors and Seniors...

Macomb County 4-H'ers encouraged to apply for awards: Webinar explains how

2018 State Award winners  in the senior division 
with their plaques.
Macomb County 4-H  true leaders ages 11 and older have an opportunity to be recognized for the great work they do in  4-H by completing a state award application. A Michigan 
4-H State Award is the highest honor bestowed on a Michigan 4-H member and provides an opportunity to receive recognition for their engagement in rich learning experiences that result in outstanding knowledge and 
life-skill development.  State award applications are divided into four categories: Mark of Excellence essay contest 
(11-12 years old), junior state award (13-15 years old), senior state award (16-19 years old) and group awards 
(13-19 years old). The application process and selection is determined by the age of the 4-H member. 
Final candidates for the junior, senior and group level awards in each project area will be selected to participate in the State Awards program during 4-H Exploration Days in June, where final selection and announcement of winners will take place.  The application can be found at  http://bit.ly/2xWk3VO  and is due Feb. 1, 2019. For more information, contact Betty Jo Krosnicki at  nashbett@anr.msu.edu .

State Awards Overview Webinar:  Learn more about the Michigan 4-H State Awards Program and learn how to apply at the State Awards Overview Webinar on January 10, 2019!   4-H members, volunteers and parents are invited to join MSU Extension for an online 4-H State Award Overview Teen/Parent Training on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android ( https://msu.zoom.us/j/483706952 ) or join by phone (+1 646 876 9923 or +1 669 900 6833, U.S. toll, meeting ID 483 706 952).

This training is geared to 4-H members that may be interested in applying for the 4-H State Awards Program and will give an overview of the State Award Program as well as go over the application and deadlines.  It will also be a way for members to ask questions and know what to expect throughout the process.  For general information about the Michigan 4-H State Awards Program, visit  https://bit.ly/2EBBjXw  .

Cover Letters and Resumes Made Easy Webinar - Jan. 14th and Jan. 16th
Start your year off right and be better prepared for the opportunities that come your way. Take stock of your experience, achievements, skills and interests.  Putting them in writing can help you secure a job, open a door of opportunity, or win an award.
Learn how to build a resume and craft a cover letter from your classes, activities and skills, even if you have limited paid work experience. High school students, 4-H youth State Award applicants, and young people looking for work will want to attend! Cover Letters and Resumes Made Easy Webinar is free. Register at  https://events.anr.msu.edu/Coverltresumewebinar/    by January 12th to receive the webinar link for either Jan. 14, 2019 or Jan 16, 2019. The webinars are from 4-6 p.m. Contact Kathy Jamieson at 586-469-6093 or jamies13@msu.edu for more information.

Other Local News & Events
Armada Fair Youth Livestock Committee Elections - Jan. 28
Elections for the Armada Fair Youth Livestock Committee will take place on Monday, January 28, 2019. There are both adult and youth positions that are open. Every club that participates in the Armada Fair Youth Livestock Auction and/or Silent Auction is strongly encouraged to have representation on the committee. Elections will take place at 7 pm at the Grange Hall located on the Armada Fair Grounds.

Submitted by JoEllen Clark, 4-H Volunteer

Armada Fair Youth Livestock Sale Participation Forms are due in January
Each youth planning to sell his or her livestock project at the 2019 Armada Fair must return a completed Armada Fair Youth Livestock Sale Participation form to the Livestock Sale Committee Secretary by the second Friday in January. Contact Livestock Sale President if you have questions - Matthew Konarski (313) 805-2084. Completed forms may be mailed or dropped off at the Armada Fair Office, 74280 Fair Street, Armada MI 48005. Regular hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday (closed during the holidays). Market livestock must be tagged on the scheduled date and times. Check the Armada Fair website, http://www.armadafair.org, for posted dates and times. 
Tagging Dates:
Steer - 1st Sunday in February, 12- 2 p.m.
Swine, Lambs, Goats - 1st Sunday in June, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
All Poultry & Rabbits - 3rd Sunday in July 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Statewide 4-H News & Events 
Resolve to have a great 4-H year
 Authored by Christine Heverly, MSU Extension. Adapted from an article originally published by Sandy Risedorph.

As we start to think ahead to the New Year, how can 4-H clubs resolve to improve in the year ahead? Here are ten suggestions to make the upcoming year a successful one.

Resolve that:

1.  Club meetings will start and end on time.

2.  Business meetings will follow Robert's Rules of Order and that all club paperwork, such 
     as  minutes, club inventory and financial statements, will be completed in a timely manner.

3.  All members will take part in discussions and have a say in decisions that are made. Keep a chart with 
     each members' name and when they speak at business meetings. 

4.  The club meeting place will be a safe, comfortable and welcoming environment for all club members.

5.  Fun will be included in each meeting.

6.  A learning activity will be included in each club meeting. Ideas include exploring a new 4-H curriculum, 
     having members volunteer to do a demonstration, doing a show and tell about each members' favorite 
     project, or bringing in a guest speaker.

7.  The club will pursue at least one community service project chosen, planned and celebrated by the club.

8.  New members will have a buddy they may talk with about any 4-H questions.

9.  The 4-H pledge will be said at every meeting.

10. Every club member will be recognized in some way to let them know they are cared about.

Volunteer and Teen Input Needed for 4-H Leader Meet Survey

The 4-H Leader Meet is an opportunity for 4-H volunteers and older club members to swap programming ideas while developing their skills around club management, 4-H finances, youth-adult partnerships and more. In the past, this has been done at a day-long conference where attendees register for sessions that are of interest to them. 

Please take five minutes to complete the survey online at https://msu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5sVeqQQFfTjPa6N. Your answers will remain anonymous. If you have questions or are interested in helping to present or plan a leader meet session, please contact Mary Blumka at blumkama@msu.edu.

Citizenship Washington Focus registration available
Registration for the 2019 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) program, taking place June
22-29, is now available. Program participants learn about the nation's government by participating in hands-on leadership workshops and touring historical sites in Washington, D.C. The cost of the 2019 4-H CWF program is $1,500 and includes all meals (except seven meals in transit), lodging and transportation. Visit
https://events.anr.msu.edu/CWF2019/  to register.

Now recruiting for 4-H Capitol Experience 2019

2018 Capitol Experience participants
interacting with resource people.
4-H Capitol Experience is now recruiting for 2019 participants! This annual statewide program, occurring March 17-20, helps prepare youth for active citizenship by focusing on civic engagement and public policy.
More than 100 teens from around the state converge on Lansing to experience state government in action and learn how they can influence policy issues. Participants interact with legislators, state agency staff, and other resource people to learn how policy is made.

Attendees will leave the program having a great understanding of  the responsibilities of a citizen, be able to  identify different aspects of a policy issue that may affect individuals and communities, and know potential careers in public policy.
Cost for this event is $360 and includes most meals, lodging and materials. For more information, visit  https://www.canr.msu.edu/4_h_capitol_experience/.

4-H Day at the Breslin - February 24

Free tickets will be available starting Dec. 3 from your county MSU Extension office for the  2019  4-H Day at the Breslin.  Gather with 4-H friends, families, volunteers and staff to cheer on the  MSU women's basketball team as they take on the University of Michigan Wolverines on Sunday, Feb. 24 at MSU's Jack Breslin Student Events Center.

Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. with the game beginning at 2 p.m.
Make sure to come early to engage in the activities set up around the concourse showcasing various Michigan 4-H programs and events and to mingle with other Michigan 4-H'ers. 

Wear your MSU Extension or 4-H green and white apparel to show your 4-H support! 
Learn more at

Save the date for the 4-H Alumni Tip-Off Reception!

From 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Feb. 24, Michigan 4-H alumni will gather to celebrate 4-H with other alums from across the state at the 4-H Alumni Tip-Off Reception! Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy snacks and drinks, take a photo with Sparty and meet other 4-H alumni before enjoying a women's basketball game at the Breslin Center. Organized by Michigan 4-H and the Michigan 4-H Foundation, the Tip-Off event takes place before 4-H Day at the Breslin, for which free tickets are available. 
More information about the Alumni Tip-Off event is available at https://www.canr.msu.edu/events/4-h-alumni-tip-off-reception . For free tickets to the 4-H Day at the Breslin, contact your local MSU Extension office.

Winterfest - Feb. 2-3
The 4-H Winterfest workshop scheduled for Feb. 2-3, 2019, at Kettunen Center is open for registration. Youth ages 8-12 who attend 4-H Winterfest will spend two days learning about many different project areas while meeting youth from around the state. 4-H Winterfest offers participants and chaperones an opportunity to experience Kettunen Center in an overnight camp setting. Youth participate in hands-on sessions that range from crafts to shooting sports. 

The cost is $70 per 4-H youth and VSP certified 4-H volunteers, or $90 per non-member. For information, view the event schedule and session descriptions or contact Renee Carroll at carro188@anr.msu.edu.

4-H Shooting Sports Archery Certification Workshop - January 26-27
The Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports Archery Certification Workshop is January 26-27, 2019 at 4 Square Sportsmen's Club in Jeddo, Mich. Participants ages 16 and older will meet from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. each day. This workshop is for those who want to improve their knowledge and skills in shooting sports and gain the skills, resources and background to successfully teach shooting sports and conduct range activities. This workshop is archery specific. Certification is a requirement to facilitate live fire on a range. All adult leaders need to be approved by their local MSU Extension office and have completed the 4-H Volunteer Selection Proess. The $65 registration fee includes resources, snacks and lunch both days. Register by January 7, 2019. For more information or to register, contact Lori Warchuck, lwarchuck@stclaircounty.org, or Laura Quist at quistla1@msu.edu

Save the date for the Michigan 4-H Robotics Leaders Workshop!

Enhance your engineering skills at the hands-on, 4-H Robotics Leaders Workshop, March 16-17, at the Kettunen Center in Tustin!
The workshop is open to adult and teen volunteer leaders ages 13 and up interested in developing and growing a 4-H robotics club.
Participants will be introduced to and learn basic robotic skills, as well as explore different types of robotic projects within LEGO Mindstorms EV3, VEX Robotics, LEGO Wedo and Junk Drawer Robotics.

2019 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest for Michigan 4-H Members
Michigan 4-H youth can improve their science, knowledge, writing and research skills and win a cash prize by entering the 2019 4-H Beekeeping Essay Competition. This year's essay topic is Honey Varietals, State to State. Each jar of honey reflects an unrepeatable combination of climate, soil, weather and flowers. Each state has unique honey varietals that beekeepers can market to their customers. Contestants should identify one unique varietal to their state and discuss the flower's uniqueness and how beekeepers can effectively market that varietal. Please include a photo of the varietal's flower, an interview with a local beekeeper who collects this varietal, and a recipe that highlights the varietal.

The top three winners nationally will receive cash prizes of $750, $500 and $250, and winning essays will be published in ABF Quarterly , the magazine of the American Beekeeping Federation. The three national winners and the top winner of each state will receive a book about honey bees, beekeeping or honey.
Essay length should be 750 to 1000 words and will be judged on the scope of research, accuracy, creativity, conciseness and logic development of the topic. Youth are encouraged to research the topic using a number of sources. Download the complete rules at  https://bit.ly/2PuegUu  before beginning the contest. This contest is sponsored by the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc., a non-profit corporation, to preserve the practice and the profession of beekeeping through education and research, established by the American Beekeeping Federation.

4-H Rabbit Fitting and Showing Guide available online
Fitting and showing rabbits gives 4-H'ers the chance to compete with others based on the skills they demonstrate, general knowledge of rabbits and the participant's preparation, attitude and behavior. The Michigan 4-H Rabbit Fitting & Showmanship Guide,  https://www.canr.msu.edu/resources/rabbit_fitting_showing_members_guide_4h1268  contains objectives and guidelines for the 4-H participant in rabbit fitting and showing contests. Information covered includes feeding, care, grooming and conditioning. The bulletin provides full color step-by-step instructions with photo illustrations for completing the contest examination and includes a rabbit showmanship scorecard.

2019 State 4-H Rabbit and Cavy Show
The State 4-H Rabbit and Cavy Show is January 26, 2019 at the MSU Pavilion in East Lansing and is open to participants who are aged 8 to 19 by Jan. 1st. Exhibitors must be Michigan 4-H members and own the rabbits or cavies they enter. Register online before the event (recommended), or 6:30-8 a.m. the day of the event. Visit http://msue.anr.msu.edu/events/2019_state_4-h_rabbit_and_cavy_show for more information or to register.

Save the dates for these horse events
4-H Horse Leaders Conference: February 23
4-H Hippology Contest: March 23rd
4-H/FFA Horse Judging Contest: March 24th
Norma Agnew Memorial Hairy Horse Show: April 6th

Horse Judging Workshop - Feb. 1-2

Michigan 4-H Horse Program 
42nd Annual Benefit Clinic - Feb. 2

Other Statewide News & Events 
Free Fishing Weekend - Feb. 16-17
The 2019 Winter Free Fishing Weekend is February 16-17, 2019! All fishing license fees will be waived for two days with Michigan residents and out-of-state visitors allowed to enjoy fishing on all waters for all species during their respective open seasons. For more information, visit Michigan.gov/freefishing.
Calendars of Events
Macomb County 4-H Calendar of Events

January 15
Macomb County 4-H Youth Council Meeting
6:30 p.m., MSU Extension, Clinton Township

January 17
Macomb County Expansion and Review Committee Meeting
6:30-8:00 p.m., MSU Extension, Clinton Township

January 19
1 p.m., Stony Creek Metropark

February 9
1 p.m., Stony Creek Metropark

Other Local News & Events

January 11
Armada Fair Office, Armada

January 28
Armada Fair Youth Livestock Committee Elections
7 p.m., Armada Fair Grange Hall, Armada

Statewide 4-H Calendar of Events
January 10 
Online Webinar
This training is geared toward 4-H members that may be interested in applying for the 4-H State Awards Program.

January 14
4-6 p.m., Webinar

January 16
4-6 p.m., Webinar

January 16
Washtenaw County MSU Extension Office, Ann Arbor
Learn more about implementing an embryology program in your classrooms and 4-H SPIN clubs. Attendees will receive curriculum, resources and lunch.

January 18-19
Crowne Plaza, Lansing
This networking event builds show management skills and fulfills the yearly seminar
requirement for Michigan 4-H horse judges.

January 19
Ingham County Fairgrounds, Mason
Learn more about implementing an embryology program in your classrooms and 4-H SPIN clubs. Attendees will receive curriculum, resources and lunch.

January 26
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing
This one-day event is open to participants age 8 to 19 by Jan. 1 of the current year. Exhibitors must be Michigan 4-H members and spectators are welcome!

January 26-27
 Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports Archery Certification Workshop
8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily, 4 Square Sportsmen's Club, Jeddo

February 1-2
Michigan 4-H Horse Judging Workshop and Practice Contest
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing
Participants will have the opportunity to judge high quality Quarter Horses and deliver a set of reasons after learning more about evaluating horses from Extension experts.

February 1
Submit your State Award application on time for careful review by the selection committee. The application may take several weeks to finalize, so be sure to get an early start.

February 2
Michigan 4-H Horse Programs 42nd Annual Benefit Clinic
MSU, E. Lansing

February 2-3
4-H Winterfest
Kettunen Center, Tustin

February 23
4-H Horse Leaders Conference

February 24
2 p.m., Jack Breslin Student Events Center, MSU. Doors open at 12:30 p.m.

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., prior to 4-H Day at the Breslin Center, MSU

March 16-17
Michigan 4-H Robotics Leaders Workshop
Kettunen Center

Animal Science Youth Extension 2018-19 Calendar of Events: https://bit.ly/2LoAzpc

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