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June 30, 2015   
Macomb County 4-H News

Safe Sitter Course

There's more to babysitting than watching TV and raiding the fridge! Macomb County 4-H is offering a one-day Safe Sitter Course on Friday, July 31 from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Macomb County MSU Extension office in Clinton Township. Safe Sitter prepares youth, 11 and older, for staying home alone or for babysitting siblings, as well as those teens who want to start their own babysitting business. The course is presented by First Response CPR & First Aid Training, LLC and costs $30 per participant. Class size is limited, so don't wait to register!


4-H Summer Camp is coming to Warren

Michigan State University Extension 4-H Youth Development offers many summer camps that come in all shapes and sizes. There are afternoon camps, day camps, weekend and week-long camps. There are camps that teach lessons in leadership, science, government, animal husbandry and the environment as well as many other topics. The benefits to "camping" can be countless. The experiences will be memorable and the lessons life-changing. Just some of the benefits youth gain from a summer camp are hands-on experience, real-life experiences, the opportunity for kids to make mistakes and learn from them in a safe nurturing environment, continued education, time away from home, plenty of play and outdoor activities.


Macomb County MSU Extension will be holding two one-week 4-H camps at the Thompson Community Center in Warren. The camps will run from July 13-17 and again July 20-24. They are geared toward youth in grades K-5. Youth attending the camp will experience fun, educational activities. 4-H curriculum will be used for all programming. Topics for the camp will focus on Healthy Lifestyles, Zoonotics, Plant Science and STEM. On the final day, there will be a judging event and family barbecue. Register online at http://events.anr.msu.edu/event.cfm?folder=4HCamp15.


Extension staff is recruiting adult volunteers and teen leaders to assist with the summer program. This is an excellent opportunity for high schoolers who are seeking community service hours, and a professional development opportunity for teens who are considering a career in youth development. A certificate of completion and a letter of reference will be provided to all teen volunteers. Please contact Lizz Duran, duraneli@anr.msu.edu or (586) 469-6090, to request an application or for more information. 


State 4-H Dog Show Entry Forms Due to Macomb County MSU Extension by July 6th

The State 4-H Dog Show is August 15, 2015 at Michigan State University in East Lansing. Entry forms and fees are due to Macomb County MSU Extension by July 6, 2015. An event catalog and entry forms are online at http://msue.anr.msu.edu/events/state_4_h_dog_show.



Entry Deadline for State 4-H Horse Shows is July 10

The State 4-H Horse Show will be held August 7-9, 2015 and the State 4-H Miniature Horse Show will be held August 22, 2015. County offices must have entries to MSU by July 10th. Registration information and forms are online at http://www.ans.msu.edu/extension/youth_events .

Macomb County 
4-H Staff

Richard Wooten

District 11 Coordinator


Kea Norrell-Aitch

4-H Extension Educator


Mark Cowan

Americorps, 4-H Tech Wizards


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


MSU Extension

11370 Hupp

Warren, MI 48089


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Youth PQA Plus Training is Rescheduled

Youth Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) Plus is the food safety, antibiotic use, and animal well-being awareness and education program for youth pork producers ages 8-19. A Youth PQA Plus training is being offered on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 from 6-7 p.m. at Grange Hall on the Armada Fairgrounds. Please note that exhibitors showing swine at the Armada Fair may be PQA certified. This certification is not mandatory to show at the fair; it is optional. To register for this free training, call 586-469-6431 or email macomb.4h@macombgov.org by Friday, July 24, 2015.


Additional Date Set for Fair Clean Up: Sunday, July 12

4-H members, parents, leaders, and volunteers, your help is needed! Come lend a helping hand at the next Armada Fairgrounds clean up on Sunday, July 12 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Please bring anything you think will help, such as rakes, shovels, gardening tools, brooms, garden gloves, etc. Save the date for the final fair clean up on Sunday, July 26 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.


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.
  • The next Fair clean up dates are July 12 and July 26, 2015, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Armada Fairgrounds in Armada. Please bring anything you think will help, such as rakes, shovels, gardening tools, brooms, garden gloves, etc.
  • Top 4-H'er Award applications are due by July 31, 2015. Top 4-H'er will have only two levels this year, Senior and Intermediate. Applicants, don't miss these dates:
- June 30th - Last day to add top 4-H'er to the Armada Fair entry form

- July 31st -  Last day to have application submitted to the Macomb County 4-H office 

- August 16th - Top 4-H'er interviews

- August 18th - Top 4-H'ers announced

  • Armada Fair entries accepted June 1-June 30 at the Armada Fair office. During the month of June, the Fair office is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, and until 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. An important reminder to all leaders is that THEY, the leaders, need to take the entire club's forms to the fair office or mail them to the fair office. No children should be dropping off forms. The Fair Office WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING ANY MAILED ENTRIES FROM INDIVIDUAL CHILDREN. 
  • 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.
  • 4-H books were done in April; leaders can come get their packets.
  • $25 parent armbands are available for parents of livestock youth
  • Rabbit tagging is July 19th from 10 a.m. to Noon
  • 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.

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).


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.  



Are You the Next Top 4-H'er?

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Macomb County Top 4-H'er Award! A Top 4-H'er is a self-motivated, enthusiastic leader who promotes 4-H using the skills, knowledge and leadership abilities acquired in 4-H with fellow members, area residents, community leaders, elected officials and non 4-H youth. A Top 4-H'er serves to strengthen the 4-H program through public relations. They are knowledgeable of 4-H, passionate and active in 4-H! Top 4-H'ers become role models for other club and community members as they promote Macomb County 4-H. Registered Macomb County 4-H members are encouraged to apply.


Top 4-H'er applicants must be registered Macomb County 4-H members, ages 13-19, who are willing to increase their knowledge of 4-H programming; learn 4-H history; follow through on commitments; be committed to developing their communication skills; and be enthusiastic and energetic.


Top 4-H'ers will be announced during the Armada Fair. Applications are online at http://msue.macombgov.org/?q=MSUE-4H-Resources-Forms, under "Top 4-H'er". Completed applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 31, 2015, to Macomb County MSU Extension, Attn: 4-H, 21885 Dunham Road, Suite 12, Clinton Township, MI 48036. Questions? Contact Elizabeth Duran, 4-H Program Coordinator, at duraneli@anr.msu.edu or 586-469-6090. Don't forget to add Top 4-H'er to your Armada Fair entry! Club leaders should take 4-H fair entries for their clubs to the Armada Fair Office between June 1-30, 2015.



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 just six weeks away!  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. 


Because this is a new fundraiser, clubs that sign up to work must send at least one representative to the next council meeting on Thursday, July 9th, for training on how to work the photo booth/concession station.  This is a mandatory meeting.  All clubs must contact macombyouthcouncil@gmail.com with what club they are from and the name of the representative(s) they are sending.  If no representative from your club can attend, please add an explanation as to why in your email. 


Mandatory Meeting Information

When: Thursday, July 9, 2015

Time: 6 p.m.

Where: Camp Rotary, 20505 29 Mile Road, Ray Township, MI 48096


Thank you for all participating and helping raise money for us to support and fund the clubs of Macomb County!  See you then!


-The Macomb County 4-H Youth Council



Free Cat

A small young, grey and white stray cat needs a good home. Contact Sue Gregory, 586-254-9409, or Anne Crotser, 586-739-9570, for more information.



You Posted What on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter!

Join the MSU Extension Children and Youth Institute Capacity Building workgroup at 7 p.m. on July 27 to help you think about what you post on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. This webinar will help you consider some of the benefits and consequences of social networking and help you make an informed decision about what you post and share with others.


Please register online at http://events.anr.msu.edu/event.cfm?folder=SocialMediaWebinar by July 26th  for this FREE learning opportunity at that you can participate in online!



2015 National 4-H Congress

"Excite, Spark, Ignite" and participate in the 2015 National 4-H Congress November 27 to December 1 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 $1,500.  Fees include registration, hotel, airfare, and most meals. Opportunities to fund raise will be available! For more information, contact Marinda Ochs at 586-783-8163 or ochsmari@anr.msu.edu. We have to reserve space with the state office by July 15, so don't delay! Be sure to check out the website at http://national4-hcongress.com.



4-H Program Grants

Did you know the Michigan 4-H Foundation offers grants up to $1,000 to Michigan 4-H clubs and programs? Apply today! Applications are due Aug. 1 and are online at http://www.mi4hfdtn.org/county/countygrants.html.



Nominate a 4-H Volunteer for the MFB 4-H Excellence in Agriculture Award

Do you know an exemplary Michigan 4-H agricultural volunteer/leader? Nominate them for the MFB 4-H Excellence in Agriculture Award today! Eligible project areas include 4-H beef cattle; dairy cattle; goats; horses; horticulture, crops and soils; poultry; rabbits; sheep; swine; and veterinary science. Award winners receive a $1,000 grant to a county or state 4-H agricultural project area of their choice! Please share this opportunity! Nominations are due Aug. 1 to the Michigan 4-H Foundation. For more information, visit http://www.mi4hfdtn.org/grants.html.



Nominate an Outstanding 4-H Alumnus for the 4-H Emerald Clover Society

Do you know an outstanding Michigan 4-H alumnus? Nominate them for the Michigan 4-H Emerald Clover Society! Nominations are due to the Michigan 4-H Foundation by Jan. 31, 2016. Download a nomination form at www.mi4hfdtn.org/ecs.



4-H Robotics Challenge on July 22 in Barry County

Showcase your engineering skills at the regional 4-H Robotics Challenge! Teams will participate in a real time robotics design challenge-designing, building, and programming a robot in 2 hours to complete challenges. Take part in the LEGO Mindstorms Challenge with intermediate and advanced divisions or the Junk Drawer Challenge! The 4-H Robotics Challenge is Wednesday, July 22, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Barry County Fair. Registration forms are due by July 1. For more details, visit https://eatoncounty4h.wordpress.com/county-programs/robotics-challenge/



Macomb County 4-H Calendar of Events
June 2015

June 30

Last day to add Top 4-H'er to the Armada Fair entry form


Last day for 4-H club leaders to turn in their clubs' Armada Fair entries to the Armada Fair office.


July 2015


July 6

Last day to submit State 4-H Dog Show entries

Macomb County MSU Extension, Clinton Township


July 9

Macomb County 4-H Youth Council Meeting

6 p.m.


July 10

Last day to submit State 4-H Horse Show entries

Macomb County MSU Extension, Clinton Township

(County offices must submit all entries to MSU by 5 p.m. on July 10)


July 12

Armada Fair Clean-Up

10 a.m.-2 p.m., Armada Fairgrounds, Armada


July 13-17

4-H Summer Camp

Thompson Community Center, Warren


July 19

Rabbit & Poultry Tagging

10 a.m.-noon, Armada Fairgrounds, Armada


July 20-24

4-H Summer Camp

Thompson Community Center, Warren


July 26

Armada Fair Clean-Up

10 a.m.-2 p.m., Armada Fairgrounds, Armada


July 28

Youth PQA Plus Training

6 p.m., Grange Hall, Armada Fairgrounds, Armada


July 31

Top 4-H'er applications due to Macomb County MSU Extension

Clinton Township


Safe Sitter Course

9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., MSU Extension, Clinton Township


August 2015

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.


August 17-23

Armada Fair

Armada Fairgrounds, Armada


August 22

4-H Community Potluck


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

4-H Workshops

August 15-16

4-H Family Fun Weekend 

Kettunen Center, Tustin


August 19

Be SAFE: Addressing Bullying in Youth Settings 

Hannah Community Center, East Lansing


October 7-8

Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities 



October 21-22

Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities 





Other 4-H Events

August 2-8

4-H Great Lakes & Natural Resources Camp 

Camp Chickagami, Presque Isle


August 7-9

State 4-H Horse Show 

MSU Pavilion, East Lansing


August 10

The World Food Prize Michigan Youth Institute 

Michigan State University, East Lansing


August 15

4-H State Shooting Sports Tournament 

Blue Water Sportsman's Association, Kimball


State 4-H Dog Show 

MSU Pavilion, East Lansing


August 22

State 4-H Miniature Horse Show 

MSU Pavilion, East Lansing


October 4-10

National 4-H Week 



October 7

4-H National Youth Science Day 





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