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 June 2, 2016    
Macomb County 4-H News & Events

4-H Small Animals Clinic - June 5th
Join the Macomb County 4-H Youth Council for a  4-H Small Animal Clinic at the Armada Fairgrounds, 74280 Fair Street, Armada, on June 5, 2016 from 1-4 p.m. Learn how to keep your animals healthy and fit while also learning proper showing techniques from local 4-H leaders, 4-H members and fair superintendents. The small animal classes involved in the clinic include poultry, rabbits and goats. This clinic is for youths who are ages 5-19 as of Jan. 1, 2016 and is open to the public. Register before the event and pay $3 at the event. Register at the event and pay $5. Snacks and drinks are included. Please R.S.V.P. to  macomb.4h@macombgov.org.

Exploration Days Orientation
All 4-H Exploration Days participants, including returning participants, are required to attend one of two orientations offered in Macomb County.Exploration Days participants, please R.S.V.P. to Macomb.4h@macombgov.org or 586-469-6431 for one of the 4-H Exploration Days orientations:
Exploration Days Orientation #1
June 6, 2016     6-8:30 p.m.
MSU Extension Assembly Rooms
21885 Dunham Road, Entrance E
Clinton Township, MI 48036
Exploration Days Orientation #2
June 7, 2016     6-8:30 p.m.
Thompson Community Center
11370 Hupp Avenue
Warren, MI 48089 
Balance information, session confirmations, orientation details and personal data sheets were sent to participants in mid-May. Balance payments, personal data sheets and any outstanding forms are due on or before your orientation date. 

Summer Day Camps Planned
Summer Camp for youth ages 5-12, hosted by Macomb County MSU Extension Youth Development, will be held at Thompson Community Center in Warren for three weeks: June 27th - July 1st, July 11th - July 15th, August 8th - August 12th. The camp will feature fun, educational activities. 4-H curriculum will be used for all programming. Topics will focus on Healthy Lifestyles (food & nutrition, physical fitness, emotional well-being), Creative Art (arts & crafts, sewing, theatre arts) and STEM (junk drawer robotics, bedtime math). Attend one or all three weeks. The $50 per child per week cost includes breakfast, lunch and snacks. Register online at  http://events.anr.msu.edu/SummerDayCamp2016.
Macomb County 
4-H Staff

Richard Wooten
District 11 Coordinator
4-H Extension Educator
4-H Mentor Program 
4-H Program Coordinator
4-H Extension Educator
Program Coordinator 
4-H Tech Wizards

4-H Program Coordinator 
Computer Maintenance Clerk
Web Site:
MSU Extension
21885 Dunham Road, Ste. 12
Clinton Township, MI 48036
Phone: (586) 469-6431
MSU Extension
11370 Hupp
Warren, MI 48089
Phone: (586) 469-7614
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4-H Stream Wading Workshop - July 9th
Take a dip into Stony Creek at Stony Creek to explore the underwater community and search for animals that call the creek home. Catch and examine the fish, amphibians and macro invertebrates  that are lurking below. The Stream Wading Workshop will begin at Stony Creek Nature Center at Stony Creek Metropark from 10-11:30 a.m. on July 9, 2016. The workshop is free, but the park entry fee is still required at the gate. Bring water shoes or closed-toed shoes, bathing suits to wear in the creek or dry clothes to wear home, and water to drink. Space is limited. Contact Seth Martin at 586-783-8163 or mart1885@anr.msu.edu for more information or to register. 

K-9 & Kompany 4-H Dog Fun Match - June 18th
The  K-9 & Kompany 4-H Club 2016 4-H Dog Fun Match  is Saturday, June 18, 2016 at the Armada Fairgrounds, 74280 Fair Street, Armada. Sign-in begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 9:30 a.m. Judging starts at 9:45 a.m. There will be showmanship, agility, obedience and rally classes. Concessions will be available, and a silent auction will be held. The event is open to 4-H members and cloverbuds. Register by June 1st and pay $6 for the first entry plus $2 for each additional class with the same dog. After June 1st, pay $7 for the first entry plus $3 for each additional class with the same dog. 
For more information, contact Jim Jerse at 586-549-0310 or jjerse@ymail.com; or Chylie Schramm at 586-651-2059 or chylieschramm@gmail.com.

Fair Books and Entry Forms Available
Armada Fair Books and forms are now available for leaders to pick up at the Armada Fair Office, 74280 Fair Street, Armada. Registration and fee information can be found on page 5 of the 2016 Armada Fair Youth Organizations Entry Book

Youth Organization entry forms must be brought to the Fair Office by the LEADER ONLY between June 1, 2016 and June 30, 2016. No mailed forms will be accepted. Online entries are new this year. No entry will be processed until all fees are paid. No late entries will be accepted. Early removal of any exhibits will result in forfeiture of prize money and/or a one year suspension from the Armada Fair. Contact the Armada Fair Office at 586-784-5488 with any questions.
Swine, Lamb & Goat Tagging
Swine, Lamb and Goat Tagging is from 10 a.m.-noon at the Armada Fairgrounds on June 5, 2016. 

4-H Youth Council Fundraiser Training coming in July
Fair is almost here, and the Macomb County 4-H Youth Council Coffee Cart will be open again! Training will take place on July 21st at the Camp Rotary Activity Building. A brief Youth Council meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. with training immediately following. Each club is required to have a representative present, but it does not necessarily have to be the leader. Please R.S.V.P. with the name of your club's representative to gottadancegirl@gmail.com.

Submitted by Maggie Bohm, President
Macomb County 4-H Youth Council 

Armada Fair Clean-up Day
A total of 59 4-Hers from seven different clubs were present at the annual Armada Fair Clean-up Day at the Armada Fairgrounds in Armada. It was a beautiful sunny day for cleaning up the fairgrounds as everyone raked leaves, pulled weeds and picked up lose trash around the barns. There were 4-H members from Alarro, Pirates, A Little Tacky, Ray's Riding Rascals, School Section, Clinton Valley, and K-9 and Kompany 4-H clubs. We would like to thank Nancy, Rich and Jim from the Armada Agricultural Society for providing pizza to the volunteers after the clean up. 

Alongside the clean up was the first annual Alarro Boots and Spurs Spring Clean Sale fundraiser. The sale was busy all day long with shoppers browsing the goods from the sale. Gina Colombo and company did a great job of creating a fun new fundraiser for their club and for the community.

Model Rocketry Classes Open to All 4-H/FFA Students in Macomb County
BEGINNERS (1st year): We will begin building rockets on Wednesday, June 15th at 6 p.m. at the Armada Senior Center. It is located at 75400 North Avenue in Armada - just north of town.. Bring Skill Level 1 rocket kit and white glue. Parents should plan on staying to supervise those members under age 12. NOTE: DO NOT BRING ANY OF THE FOLLOWING TO THIS CLASS: paint, engines. THIS IS A MANDATORY MEETING FOR 1st year ROCKETRY students who want to take rocketry with Mrs. Davis (even if you took rocketry through another organization).  Nancy Davis 586-784-9410. SHE WILL NEED AN EMAIL ADDRESS TO SEND INFORMATION TO YOU.  PLEASE SEND YOUR NAME, AGE, PHONE NUMBER, AND EMAIL ADDRESS TO:  davis_lighthouse@att.net . Please R.S.V.P. at least 24 hours in advance.

YOU MUST ATTEND AT LEAST ONE FLIGHT DAY!!!  New: We will not automatically be at the park on flight days.  We will only be there if you called and notified Mrs. Davis at least 24 hours in advance.

TO ALL ROCKET MEMBERS: All flights will be held at the Ray Township Park on Wolcott Road just north of 29 Mile Road.  -- must park in Park lane as far back as possible due to board meetings.

        1st  Flight  Wednesday, July 13th   6 p.m.
        2nd Flight  Wednesday, July 20th   6 p.m.
        3rd  Flight  Wednesday, July 27th,  6 p.m.
        4th Flight, Wednesday, August 3rd  6 p.m.
You may bring rockets from prior years to fly, but they will not be eligible to show at the fair.
Sumbitted by Nancy Davis, 4-H Volunteer
Spring Spruce Up at the Tomlinson Arboretum 

Members of the Clinton Valley 4-H Club teamed up with the Friends of the Tomlinson Arboretum for their annual spring spruce up event on May 7th. The group finished just in time to miss the rain, planting the last tree as it started. The group then met under the shelter of the Canal House for an appreciation BBQ for the volunteers. There were 20 trees and shrubs planted at the Arboretum, including four American Beech, four Hackberry, four Buttonbush, three Red-Berried Elder, three Redbud and two Bladdernut. The Friends of Tomlinson Arboretum will be hosting another planting this fall. Don't miss out on your chance to plant some trees for future generations. Thank you to the members of the Clinton Valley 4-H club who participated in the event. 

4-H to be on Display at the Warren Historical Museum 

There are very few folks who know of the long and important relationship between the Warren Women's Farm & Garden Club and Michigan 4-H. Those ladies are the founding mothers of the 4-H Foundation. Founded in 1952, the Michigan 4-H Foundation is a $11 million 501(c)(3) non-profit fundraising organization based in East Lansing. Led 
by a 30-member board of trustees, the foundation solicits, manages, grants and stewards support from private individuals, organizations, foundations and corporations to support Michigan 4-H Youth Development programs. 

A historical display entitled "4-H Past, Present & Future" will be at the Warren Community Historical Museum, inside the Warren Community Center, from June through August. Visitors will see items on loan from the MSU Museum's 4-H History Collection, from past and present Macomb County
 4-H'ers and the Armada Agricultural Society. The Warren Historical Museum is at the Warren Community Center, 5460 Arden Avenue, Warren. 

Macomb County 4-H Horse Shows
The first Macomb County 4-H Horse Show of the season was held on Saturday, May 28th at Camp Rotary in Ray Township. Remaining shows are scheduled for June 4, 2016 - Mini/Drafts; June 11, 2016 -  Mini/Drafts; June 18, 2016 - Light Horse Double Judge; June 25, 2016 - Light Horse; July 9, 2016 - Mini/Drafts; August 6, 2016 - Fun Show (tentative). 

All Macomb County shows are at Camp Rotary in Ray Township. County show points determine eligibility for the August 19-21 State 4-H Horse Show at Michigan State University.
Other Local News & Events

MSUE Demo Garden Plant Exchange
The Annual MSU Extension Plant Exchange will be held on Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m.-Noon in the parking lot of the MSU Extension office at 21885 Dunham Road, Clinton Township. Please know something about the plants you may wish to exchange. No invasive species please! Don't have plants to exchange? Come anyway! There will be Demo Garden plants available for a donation and an orphan table for plants that are free for the taking. Master Gardeners and Master Composters will be available to answer your gardening questions. Call 586-469-6440 for more information.

Dental Clinic Comes to Macomb County June 10-11: Volunteers Needed
The Michigan Dental Association Foundation is hosting Mission of Mercy  June 10-11, 2016 at Macomb Community College, 14500 E. 12 Mile Road, WarrenThe event offers free dental services and is looking for volunteers ages 18 and older to greet and escort participants through the clinic.  Clinic doors will open at 6 a.m. and close when maximum capacity has been reached. Everyone is welcome. There are no income limitations. Services provided to adults and children include fillings, extractions, limited root canals, replacements (up to six teeth), and cleanings. Services will be provided based on priority of need. Childcare is not provided. Please do not bring children who are not receiving treatment. Plan to arrive early and be prepared for long lines. Visit  www.smilemichigan.com/foundation/mission-of-mercy  or call  (800) 589-2632 for more information.

Statewide 4-H News
Two Upcoming Michigan 4-H/FFA Judging Contests
The Michigan 4-H/FFA Livestock Judging Contest will be held July 14, 2016 at Anthony Hall on the campus of Michigan State University. This contest is held in conjunction with the Michigan Livestock Expo (MLE) and it is a collaborative effort between Michigan 4-H and Michigan FFA.
This contest provides participants with the opportunity to enhance various skills including livestock evaluation and selection, communication and decision making. During the event, contestants judge eight classes including beef cattle, Boer goats, sheep and swine. Each contestant also answers one set of question, and either gives three sets of oral reasons or answers three additional sets of questions. Once again, this year's contest will feature a 4-H Cloverbud division.
The state-winning Senior 4-H Division team will compete at the American Royal Contest and the
top 15 Senior 4-H Division contestants, who have not already competed at the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE), will have the opportunity to compete for eight spots to
represent Michigan 4-H at one of two national contests.
Regular fee entry registration is due July 1, 2016
Additional information is on the web.

The Michigan 4-H Meats Judging Contest/FFA Meats Evaluation and Technology Career Development event, which will be held July 22, 2016 at Anthony Hall on the campus of Michigan State University, is also a collaborative effort between Michigan 4-H and Michigan FFA.
At the contest, participants demonstrate their ability to evaluate carcasses and identify meats.  This contest, which has both individual and team competition, includes three beef classes, three pork classes, identifying 20 retail cuts, yield-grade and quality-grade three beef carcasses, and answering one set of questions. Additionally, 4-H members give one set of oral reasons and FFA members complete a multiple-choice test.
All entries are to be postmarked by July 1, 2016 and sent to Carla McLachlan, Anthony Hall 1287, 474 South Shaw Lane, East Lansing, MI 48824.
For more details, see the information on the web.

#TrueLeaders Recognition Campaign
Every day, kids across Michigan are leading positive changes in their lives, schools and communities.

These youth are true leaders who make a difference, inspire communities, push through adversity and reach for their goals. To recognize these kids for the good they do and strengths they possess, Michigan 4-H is joining with 4-H programs across the country to SHOUT-OUT #TRUELEADERS on social media.

Join the movement by shouting out a #TrueLeader in your life. Share a photo and an accomplishment of a deserving young person on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Be sure to include #TrueLeaders and #MI4H to connect with the campaign!

2016 State 4-H Dog Show Information is Online
The information for the 2016 State 4-H Dog Show is now available online at http://msue.anr.msu.edu/events/state_4_h_dog_show. The State 4-H Dog show is August 13, 2016, at the MSU Pavilion in East Lansing.

Certified Pullorum Tester Workshops
Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine, and MSU Extension are proud to announce two training opportunities for adults who wish to become certified to perform Pullorum Testing. The trainings will be offered:

July 9  --Upper Peninsula at Rudyard Township Hall, 18725 S Mackinac Trail, Rudyard, MI. Please note that there MUST be at least 20 people registered for this training in order for it to be offered.  The registration link is http://events.anr.msu.edu/uppullorum/.

July 16 -MSU Campus, Anthony Hall.  There are 40 seats available for this training.  The registration link is http://events.anr.msu.edu/pullorumtesting/.

MDARD requires that all birds have a negative official test for Salmonella pullorum-typhoid within 90 days before the fair, exhibition, exposition, or show authority facility and remain segregated from all poultry of unknown or positive Salmonella pullorum-typhoid test status

The workshop is free, however, there is a $20 fee to become a certified tester. The certification is good for three years. Certified testers must be at least 18 years old. The complete MDARD Exhibition Requirement document can be found online at http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdard/2016_Fairs_and_Exhibitions_Requirements_510845_7.pdf.

State 4-H Horse Show - August 19-21
The State 4-H Horse Show is August 19-21, 2016 at MSU. All of the 2016 State 4-H Horse Show entry information has been posted online at http://www.ans.msu.edu/extension/horse_youth_programs. The county quota information is there as well.

Also, 4-H horse project participants are encouraged to "like" the Michigan 4-H Horse Program's Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/MI4HHorseLeaders/?fref=nf. It can be a great way to get more information.

State 4-H Shooting Sports Tournament Registration is Open
Registration for the 2016 4-H Shooting Sports Tournament is now open.  New this year, the tournament registration is done online at http://events.anr.msu.edu/4HShootingSportsTournament16/ . Below is information that will assist you in navigating thru this new process:
Please read this information closely, understand it and ask questions before you begin this process!  Feel free to contact Seth Martin, Macomb County 4-H Program Coordinator, 586-783-8163 or mart1885@anr.msu.edu, Nick Baumgart, baumga@anr.msu.edu, or Leah Christie,  chris483@anr.msu.edu , with questions. 

4-H Calendars of Events
Macomb County 4-H Calendar of Events

June 4
Macomb County 4-H Horse Show - Mini/Draft
Camp Rotary, Ray Township

June 5
1-4 p.m., Armada Fairgrounds, Armada
June 5
Swine, Lamb & Goat Tagging
10 a.m.-Noon, Armada Fairgrounds, Armada
June 6
4-H Exploration Days Orientation #1
6:30 p.m., MSU Extension, VerKuilen Building, Clinton Township
June 7
4-H Exploration Days Orientation #2
6:30 p.m., MSU Extension, Thompson Community Center, Warren

June 11
Macomb County 4-H Horse Show - Mini/Draft
Camp Rotary, Ray Township
June 18
Armada Fairgrounds, Armada

June 18
Macomb County 4-H Horse Show - Light Horse Double Judge
Camp Rotary, Ray Township

June 25
Macomb County 4-H Horse Show - Light Horse
Camp Rotary, Ray Township
June 27-July 1
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Thompson Community Center, Warren
July 9
9 a.m., Stony Creek Metropark, Shelby Township

July 9
Macomb County 4-H Horse Show - Mini/Draft
Camp Rotary, Ray Township
July 11-15
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Thompson Community Center, Warren

July 21
Macomb County 4-H Youth Council Coffee Cart Fundraiser Training
6:30 p.m., Camp Rotary Activities Building, Ray Township
August 8-12
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Thompson Community Center, Warren

Other Local Events
June 4
MSU Extension Plant Exchange
9 a.m.-Noon, VerKuilen Building Parking Lot, Clinton Township 

June 10-11
Mission of Mercy Free Dental Clinic
6 a.m., Macomb Community College, Warren
June 11-12
June 27
5:15-9 p.m., Thompson Community Center, Warren

July 9
TSC Market Days
New Haven Tractor Supply Company, New Haven
August 15-21
Armada Fairgrounds, Armada

Statewide 4-H Calendar of Events
June 11
Anthony Hall, MSU, East Lansing
June 15-16
Michigan Milk Producers Association Headquarters, Novi
June 17-19
Whiskey Creek Campground, Custer
June 22-24
MSU, East Lansing
June 25
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing
June 26-July 2
June 27-July 1
MSU, East Lansing
June 27-July 1
Michigan State University
July 18-22
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing

Kettunen Center, Tustin
July 31-August 6
Camp Chickagami, Presque Isle
For the most up-to-date events listing, go to http://4h.msue.msu.edu/events