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May 2019     
Macomb County 4-H News & Events
4-H Youth Day of Service volunteers create gardens on Macomb County Animal Control grounds

On Saturday, April 13th Macomb County 4-H hosted a Youth Day of Service event at the Macomb County Animal Control Grounds. Twenty-seven youth, 4-H members and non-members, and fourteen adults volunteered their Saturday to implement gardens in order to beautify the grounds. 
It was a spectacular turnout, and many HANDS made light work. The volunteers removed gravel, hauled topsoil, removed sod, and added edging to the garden beds. Planting will occur in late May/early June! Special thanks to 4-H volunteer and club leader, Dave Galer, for putting his Master Gardener training to good use, as well as supplying many of the tools needed.

Panera Bread and Jimmy Johns of Clinton Township also pitched in by donating food for our hungry volunteers! 4-H members and volunteers should keep an eye out for future volunteer opportunities as it pertains to maintaining the gardens at Macomb County Animal Control.

Macomb County 4-H Poultry Clinic - May 18
A 4-H Poultry Clinic is scheduled for 10 a.m.  on 
May 18  at the Grange Hall on the Armada Fairgrounds, 74280 Fair Street, Armada.  Learn about raising meat birds for the fair, showmanship, egg production, and more.  Pre-registration is required. Contact  Seth Martin  at 586-783-8163 for more information.

4-H at Jimmy Johns Field - June 15

Save the date for 4-H at Jimmy Johns Field. Watch the Utica Unicorns vs. Birmingham Bloomfield Beavers  at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday June 15, 2019. Tickets will cost: $20 per person. Additional details will be announced soon.

Beyond the Seed Program honored by mParks

Macomb County 4-H Volunteer Faye Cerku was recently recognized for the work she and other 4-H volunteers and youth members did on the Beyond the Seed 4-H program at Wolcott Farm in Ray Township. The program is a greenhouse
and gardening project that teaches youth about gardening and entrepreneurship. Read more here.

Whitenight is named 2019 Macomb County Green Schools Green Advocate of the Year

Macomb County 4-H volunteer and Utica Community Schools (UCS) teacher Theresa Whitenight was recently named the 2019 Macomb County Schools Green Advocate of the Year. 
Whitenight was nominated by her UCS peers because of her passion for caring about the earth and for the environmental stewardship opportunities and educational experiences she helps make available to youth at Dresden Elementary and in her club, the Dresden Outdoor Adventure Challenge 4-H Club. 

Read more about Whitenight's activities and her award online at  https://bit.ly/2GPbBxr.

Macomb County 4-H Horse Show dates
May 25, 2019 - light horses
June 1, 2019 - minis/drafts
June 8, 2019 - minis/drafts
June 15, 2019 - light horses
June 22, 2019 - light horses (double judge)
June 29, 2019 - minis/drafts
August 3, 2019 - Warm & Sunny Show
August 11-18, 2019 - Armada Fair
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 Military Program Assistant

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
Join Our List
4-H Youth Council meeting dates
May 21, 2019
MSU Extension
Clinton Township
July 16, 2019
Armada Fair Grange Hall

Exploration Days Orientation 
All 4-H Exploration Days participants and chaperones are required to attend an Exploration Days Orientation. Macomb County has two scheduled:
Orientation #1: 
June 3, 2019     6:30 p.m.
VerKuilen Bldg., Rooms A & B
21885 Dunham Road, 
Clinton Township, MI 48036
Orientation #2: 
June 4, 2019     6:30 p.m.
Max Thompson Family Resource Ctr.
11370 Hupp Avenue
Warren, MI 48089
Call 586-469-6431 or email  macomb.4h@macombgov.org to R.S.V.P. for one of these orientations.

MSU Extension needs your 4-H Exploration Days stories
Is there a year where you or your child had an exceptional time at 4-H Exploration Days? 2019 marks the event's 50th year, and MSU Extension is looking to youth, volunteers, or staff who have attended the event to share their stories. Please take a few minutes to email your stories, comments, reflections and/or photos to Jamie Wilson at jmwilson@msu.edu.

Other Local News & Events
Armada Fair News
Armada Fair is transitioning to online exhibitor entry:  Effective as of 2020, the Armada Agricultural Society will no longer accept paper applications for 4-H Youth Exhibitors and Open Exhibitors. Exhibitors are encouraged to transition to the Armada Fair's online system in the coming year. The online system will be up and running at the beginning of May 2019. Computers or tablets will be available in the Armada Fair Office for those requiring assistance with the system. If you have any questions please contact the Armada Fair Office at office@armadafair.org .

Source: Armada Fair Newsletter, March 2019

Armada Fair tagging dates:  Mark your calendars. Armada Fair animal tagging dates are:
Swine: 1st Sunday in June (June 2, 2019) 8-10:30 a.m.
Goats, Sheep & Prospect Beef: 1st Sunday in June (June 2, 2019) 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
All Poultry & Rabbits: 3rd Sunday in July (July 21, 2019) 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Armada Fair Youth Organizations Sunday Judging Event Teen Clerk Registration 
Teens looking to help at the Armada Fair youth still projects  Sunday  Judging  event can register now at the link below. 

Stock Show University - May 18 and 19 (Sandusky)
Sullivan Supply's FREE Stock Show University 2-day (Cattle) Grad Program is May 18 and 19, 2019 at Sanilac County Fairgrounds in Sandusky. Register online at https://bit.ly/2Gh38E2 . Contact Taylor Harrison for more information: 800-475-5902 / taylor@sullivansupply.com.
Statewide 4-H News & Events 
4-H Family to Family Sale - May 18 (Goodells)
St. Clair County's Rustic Ramblers 4-H Club and St. Clair County 4-H Horse Leaders, John Tate Horse Show Committee are organizing a 4-H Family to Family Sale on May 18, 2019 at Goodells County Park Community Center in Goodells. Sell or shop for anything 4-H project related (no live animals or food/beverage sales). Call 810-326-0897 or email rusticramblers4h@gmail.com for more information.

Michigan 4-H to host new summer experience: 4-H Spartan Coding Camp
In collaboration with CodeNow, MSU Extension 4-H is excited to offer a new STEM experience for this summer: 4-H Spartan Coding Camp! This 5-day residential camp brings high-school aged youth to the campus of MSU, July 7-11.

Whether you have prior computer coding knowledge, or have never even thought about it, you will gain valuable coding skills at this fun STEM camp. Learn to develop and launch your own tech ideas; discover the essentials of web design and development; design and code an application from scratch; and attract users for your product! The fun doesn't stop there: at the end of camp you'll be given a series of take-home activities that allow you to further hone your coding skills.

To learn more, visit  www.canr.msu.edu/4-h-spartan-coding-camp . Registration information will be available soon; to receive a direct email regarding registration, please contact Christine Miller at johns832@msu.edu or 517-552-6905.

Michigan 4-H Foundation opens 2019-20 grant cycle
Awarded annually, the Michigan 4-H Foundation  recently opened their grant and award opportunities 
for the  2019-20 season. Open to 4-H volunteer leaders, members and staff, the grants and awards support local 4-H clubs and county programs, as well as recognize members of the 4-H community. All applications are due June 1. Opportunities include:
  • Michigan 4-H Legacy Grants of $1,000. These grants are awarded to support development of a new program or initiative, or to strengthen, enhance or expand a current program that's making a difference.
  • 4-H On-Target Grants of $500. These grants support 4-H Shooting Sports programs to enhance existing programs, develop a new program, or offer a special experience related to 4-H Shooting Sports.
  • The Collins 4-H Youth Horticulture Grant of $350. This grant is available only to 4-H youth clubs and supports advancement of club work in plant science and horticulture activities.

The 4-H After-School Robotics Club in Iosco County received a $1,000 Michigan 4-H Legacy Grant to use VEX Robotics as a tool to help club members develop life skills.
  • 4-H Educational Garden Grants of $1,000. These grants support the creation of local 4-H educational gardens in Michigan.
  • Michigan Farm Bureau 4-H Excellence in Agriculture Award (includes $1,000 grant). This award recognizes the outstanding achievements of 4-H agricultural volunteers.
Learn more or apply online at http://mi4hfdtn.org/grants . Questions? Contact the Michigan 4-H Foundation at 517-353-6692.

Save the date for 4-H Day at Michigan's Adventure

Celebrate the beginning of summer with Michigan 4-H during 4-H Day at Michigan's Adventure, June 8.  Michigan 4-H youth, alumni, staff and supporters are invited to wear their 4-H gear while enjoying Michigan Adventure's park and attractions. Tickets are available at a reduced rate of $26 per person; as an additional option, you may purchase a 4-H Day meal for $7.  Reservations are required. 

Raise Your Hand for Michigan 4-H!

Until May 15, Michigan  4-H members, parents, volunteers, alumni and friends have the opportunity to help Michigan 4-H win $20K as part of the Raise Your Hand campaign.  Do your part to help grow experiences for Michigan 4-H youth by voting for Michigan at  4-H.org/RaiseYourHand .  
Even if you have previously registered, your vote still counts this year so raise your hand again to help Michigan take the lead!  Want to help further? Encourage your friends and family to raise their hands as well! Email your networks or tweet, post and share your #4HGrown experiences on social media, asking your fellow 4-H supporters for their help.

Dog Show score sheets updated
The Michigan 4-H Dog  Show score sheets have been updated for 2019: https://bit.ly/2Zrl9af .

Calendars of Events
Macomb County 4-H Calendar of Events

May 1
Registration deadline for Macomb County 4-H Horse Shows

May 9
Dave's Pizza Buffet 4-H AmeriCorps Event
4-9 p.m., Dave's Pizza Buffet, Chesterfield Township

May 14
4-6 p.m., Online

May 18 
4-H Poultry Clinic
10 a.m., Grange Hall, Armada Fair Grounds

May 20
Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Committee Meeting
6:30 p.m., Camp Rotary, Ray Township

Armada Fair Grange Hall, Armada

May 25
Macomb County 4-H Horse Show - Light Horses
Camp Rotary, Ray Township

June 1
Macomb County 4-H Horse Show - Minis/Drafts
Camp Rotary, Ray Township

June 1
8 a.m.-5 p.m., St. Clair

June 3
Exploration Days Orientation #1
6:30-8 p.m., VerKuilen Building, Clinton Township

June 4
Exploration Days Orientation #2
6:30-8 p.m., Max Thompson Family Resource Center, Warren

June 8
Macomb County 4-H Horse Show - Minis/Drafts
Camp Rotary

June 15
Macomb County 4-H Horse Show - Light Horses
Camp Rotary, Ray Township

June 15
4-H at Jimmy Johns Field ( Utica Unicorns vs. Birmingham Bloomfield Beavers)
7:05 p.m., Jimmy Johns Field, Utica

June 22
Macomb County 4-H Horse Show - Light Horses (double judge)
Camp Rotary, Ray Township

June 29
Macomb County 4-H Horse Show - Minis/Drafts
Camp Rotary, Ray Township

Armada Fair Grange Hall, Armada

August 3
Warm & Sunny Horse Show
Camp Rotary, Ray Township

Other Local Calendar of Events

June 2
Armada Fair Swine Tagging
8-10 a.m., Armada Fairgrounds, Armada

June 2
Armada Fair Goat, Sheep & Prospect Beef Tagging
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Armada Fairgrounds, Armada

August 11-18
Armada Fairgrounds, Armada

Statewide 4-H Calendar of Events

May 4
Lost Lake Woods Club, Lincoln
(This fun event for all ages is open to the public. Purchase rounds and win prizes in three different events: Turkey Trap Shoot, Red Bird Skeet and 2-Man Flurry-5 Stand.)

May 5
Ingham County Fairgrounds, Mason
(Do wild birds fascinate you? Learn about wild bird calls, how to identify birds and get the chance to make bird feeders and build bird houses.)

May 9
Two locations: East Lansing or Marquette/Chatham

May 11
9 a.m.-3 p.m., Kalkaska Fairgrounds, Kalkaska
(Participate in a showmanship contest and learn from experts in educational workshops 
focused on rabbits and poultry.)

May 11
Gratiot County Fairgrounds, Alma

May 14
MSU Meat Laboratory, East Lansing
(Show your ability to evaluate carcasses and identify meats, individually and as a team for the chance to win a prize.)

May 15
MSU Extension Office, Lapeer
(This workshop will help teens build a resume from their classes, clubs, volunteer activities and skills, even with limited paid work experience.)

May 18
Goodells County Park Community Building, Goodells

May 18
Oceana County Fairgrounds, Hart
(Prepare your horse for show season at this youth horse show open to participants age 5 to 19. Ribbons will be awarded for first to sixth place and daily high point awards.)

May 20
Lake City Christian Reformed Church, Lake City
(Participants will learn best practices when writing buyer's letters and thank you notes in an interactive session. Registration is required.)
May 28
Missaukee Agricultural Youth Show Fairgrounds, Falmouth
(Prepare yourself and your goat for fair! This hands-on session will include info on feeding, fitting and showmanship! Participants welcomed to bring their own goat to practice their skills.)

June 1
Gratiot County Fair for Youth, Alma

June 8
Michigan's Adventure, Muskegon

June 18-21
Ingham County Fairgrounds, Mason

June 19-21
MSU, East Lansing

June 24-28
MSU, East Lansing (Apply by April 3)

June 24-August 23
9-4 p.m. daily, Tollgate Farm, Novi

July 7-11
MSU, East Lansing

August 4-10
Presque Isle (Space is limited, so register early.)

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