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October 2018     
Macomb County 4-H News & Events
Macomb 4-H welcomes Karam-Burk to new role
Macomb County MSU Extension 4-H is thrilled to welcome its newest AmeriCorps member, Elizabeth Karam-Burk. As part of her service, she will be planning and organizing short-term 4-H S.T.E.A.M. clubs, recruiting interested volunteers and planning quarterly 4-H family nights. 

Many of you may know her as Elly. She has been involved with 4-H as a member of Ray Community 4-H Club since she was five years old. She started her 4-H journey growing one of the tallest sunflowers at the Armada Fair. It wouldn't even fit into the exhibit barn. 


From there, her wonderful club leader,Marilyn Bohm, introduced her to her passion working with glass -- stained glass, glass mosaics, glass etchings, and glass fusing.

Once she aged out of 4-H, Elly continued her involvement through leadership roles. In 2014, she interned with MSU Extension under 4-H Program Coordinator Elizabeth Duran. Through this experience, she helped plan and coordinate the Teen Counselor Program and 4-H day camps at the Max Thompson Family Resource Center in Warren. She is currently a student at Macomb Community College with the goal of becoming a Special Education teacher.

Please join us in welcoming Elly to MSU Extension's 4-H team. She can be reached at 586-307-8934 or Elizabeth.Karam-Burk@macombgov.org.

S.T.E.A.M.Y Halloween - Oct. 24

Have you ever wanted to be a mad scientist? Here's your chance! Join MSU Extension
4-H for 
S.T.E.A.M.Y Halloween at Jermaine Jackson Center in Mount Clemens from 6-8 p.m. on October 24, 2018 to create S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) based experiments. This program is open to youth ages 5-19 and is FREE. 
For more information or to register as a participant or volunteer, contact Elly Karam-Burk at 586-307-8934 by October 19, 2018. 

Day of the Dead - Oct. 28

Join MSU Extension from 2-6 p.m. on October 28, 2018 at St. Francis-St. Maximilian, 62811 New Haven Road, Ray Township for Day of the Dead (El Dia de los Muertos) . Even though people may observe Dia de los Muertos, or
the Day of the Dead, in cemeteries, there is nothing morbid about this holiday. In Latino communities death isn't something to be feared. Instead, death is seen as a natural cycle of life. 

Youth participants ages 5-19 will learn about Day of the Dead, make traditional crafts, and enjoy
 music, dancing and food. The cost is $5 per youth, max. $15 per family. Register online at bit.ly/2NX9RUY by October 26, 2018. For more information, contact Lizz Duran at 586-469-6090 or duraneli@msu.edu.

Year-end financial statements due by Nov. 1st
Club and Committee leaders, it's time to turn in your group's Annual Financial Summary Report for the last 4-H program year (September 1, 2017-August 31, 2018). Each club and committee is required to complete this form, whether it has money and inventory or not.  Please send your group's completed form to Macomb County MSU Extension, Attn: 4-H, 21885 Dunham Road, Suite 12, Clinton Township, MI 48036 or fax it to 586-469-6948 by 5 p.m. on November 1, 2018.  Questions about the form should be directed to members of the Macomb County MSU Extension 4-H program staff at 586-469-6431 or macomb.4h@macombgov.org.

Member re-enrollment deadline is Nov. 1 
4-H enrollments and re-enrollments are accepted at any time, however, returning members planning to show 4-H projects at the 2019 Armada Fair need to be re-enrolled in 4-H Online and have their participation fees paid (or postmarked) by 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 1, 2018.

Club Leadership Workshop - Nov. 3

A Club Leadership Workshop is coming to MSU Extension in Clinton Township on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018 from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Workshop sessions will cover parliamentary procedures, officer roles, and bylaws writing. The workshop will be especially helpful for club officers, but will also be great for general club members who 
are considering future leadership roles.  Youth and adults are encouraged to attend. The $6 per person fee includes lunch. Register online at  https://bit.ly/2wSmA4W For more information, contact the Macomb County 4-H Office at 586-469-6431 or macomb.4h@macombgov.org.
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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Volunteers recognized at Centennial Celebration
Volunteer awards were presented to Nancy Davis, Michael Fleming and Bette Nebel at the Michigan State University Extension Macomb County Centennial Celebration at the VerKuilen Building in Clinton Township on September 28, 2018.

Nancy Davis of Macomb Clown Arounds 4-H Club has been a 4-H leader for 39 years. She also volunteers on the Armada Fair Board and for the Assistance League of Southeast Michigan

Left: Dr. Jeff Dwyer, MSU Extension Director, Nancy Davis, and Ed Scott, MSU Extension Distrtict 11 Coordinator.

Michael Fleming of Almont Livestock 4-H Club (not pictured) has been involved with Macomb County 
4-H for nearly 60 years. Mike was one of three people to bring a 4-H livestock sale to the Armada Fair. Since then, countless youth have shown and sold their 4-H livestock project at the Armada Fair and the tradition continues today.

Bette Nebel of Clinton Valley 4-H Club has served as a volunteer with Macomb County MSU Extension for over 20 years. In that time, she has been involved with the Clinton Valley 4-H Club, Great Lakes Education Program (GLEP), Summer Discovery Cruises and Master Gardener Program. Her passion for environmental science, nutrition, and youth development continues to benefit 4-H.

Left: Dr. Jeff Dwyer, MSU Extension Director, Nancy Davis, and Ed Scott, MSU Extension Distrtict 11 Coordinator.

Congratulations to Nancy, Michael and Bette. Thank you for your many years of service and dedication to MSU Extension, 4-H, and the youth of Macomb County.

Artwork by UCS students chosen to be part of exhibit going to China
The artwork of five Utica Community Schools (UCS) students has been chosen to become part of an exhibit being sent to Shandong Province, China, as part of the 4-H Children's Art Exchange. The artwork pieces are considered "visual letters" to the children of China. Congratulations to all! Read the UCS article and view the artwork to be included in the "Visual Letters-The Art of Michigan Children" Traveling Art Exhibit here: https://bit.ly/2Oq4wsS . This year's pieces will be added soon!

To learn more about the 4-H Children's Art Exchange, visit http://www.canr.msu.edu/china_project/index . The 4-H Children's Art Teaching Kit is available through Macomb County MSU Extension. Contact Macomb County 4-H Program Coordinator Lizz Duran at 586-469-6090 or duraneli@msu.edu for more information.

TSC 4-H Paper Clover Fundraiser - Oct. 3-14
The Tractor Supply Company (TSC) 4-H Paper Clover Fundraiser is October 3-14, 2018. 
Contribute during the fundraiser by d onating in-store at the register, d onating online at checkout when making a purchase on tractorsupply.com (Donations will be assigned to states based on the shipping location) or d onating by phone when you call TSC Customer Solutions at 877-718-6750. Donations received at the RomeoNew Haven and Richmond TSC locations will benefit Macomb County 4-H. 

Clubs promoting 4-H and the projects they work with in-store during all or part of the fundraiser are encouraged to enter the TSC 4-H Paper Clover Sweepstakes for a chance to win a $100 TSC gift card. Call Macomb County 4-H Program Coordinator Lizz Duran at 586-469-6090 or duraneli@msu.edu for more information about the TSC 4-H Paper Clover Fundraiser or TSC Paper Clover Sweepstakes.

Local 4-H Family Hosts International Student for 4 Weeks

When City Slickers 4-H Club leader, Michelle Richards, learned about the 4-H International Exchange Program she knew she had to suggest it to her family. Having the opportunity to travel to Europe in both high school and college, she knew that she wanted her daughters to have similar opportunities. This could be that first step to experience a different culture. And so they began the application process.

The family had to fill out an application, describe their family and hobbies, schedule a home visit with an Extension staff person, and ensure that both parents went through the Volunteer Selection 
Process. Once approved, "We were notified we would be receiving a 14 year old girl named Seohyun -though she is 15 in Korean age. Her packet of information looked like our application with her interests and a couple of photos. An online orientation was required where cultural norms and suggestions to keep our student more comfortable were further explained beyond the packet they provided."

After picking up Seohyun from MSU's campus, the 4 weeks flew by with various activities including a 4-H summer camp, a vacation to New Jersey, everyday life with the Richards family, and of course, the Armada Fair!

When Michelle is asked what her family got out of the experience she replies, "All three of my daughters are teaching themselves a language via books and the Duolingo app; two are learning Korean, and one  is learning Japanese. Two daughters already have a strong interest in traveling internationally. They would all like another student next summer. We all hope to visit her beautiful Jeju Island and they all consider Seohyun a sister."

To read more about the Richards family and their experience while hosting an international student, go to https://bit.ly/2zw87xr. If interested in learning more about the 4-H International Exchange Program, visit https://www.canr.msu.edu/international_exchange_programs/index or call Macomb County 4-H Program Coordinator Katelyn Burns at (586) 469-5979 or  D'Ann Rohrer at drohrer@msu.edu.

WinterHorseProjectsWinter Horse Projects
Do you love horses but hate fall because it means you'll be stuck indoors soon? Do you think "horse season" is over after the last fall show? Maybe you don't know a thing about horses, but you want to. Come join us to participate in horse winter projects! There are four areas to pick from, and we'd love to have you check them out to see what's right for you. All 4-H members (not just "horse kids") in St. Clair and Macomb Counties are welcome. Meetings are held the first Monday of each month, October through April, at the Goodells County Park Community Building at 6:30 p.m.

Horse Judging: If you come out of your classes confused and wondering what the judge is looking for, judging is for you. Maybe you already have a lot of "show ring" knowledge and have thought about becoming a judge someday. Come join us too. Through meetings, on farm clinics, and online resources we learn about and discuss criteria for judging halter and performance classes for various breeds and disciplines. Those that want to can go on to compete in judging contests at MSU. Over the past few years, we've had many team members qualify to compete at national horse judging contests, successfully representing Michigan 4-H. This fall, we'll be sending teams to U.S. Arabian Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma and the Eastern National 4-H Horse Round-up in Louisville, Kentucky. Even if you don't want to compete, I will guarantee you'll come away with a better understanding of what judges are looking for, which will make you a better competitor in the arena. Join our Remind group by texting @4hhorseju to 81010 for links to online content, meeting reminders, and schedule updates. Contact Coach Lucy Brown at 586-855-3215 or lamckier@yahoo.com with any questions.

Hippology : Hippology is the study of all things horse. Check out this project area to learn everything from horse anatomy, nutritional needs, history of breeds, etc. to hands on skills like leg wrapping. Those that want to compete will demonstrate the knowledge they've gained through a written test, stations, slides, judging, skills demo, and team problems. As with judging, this year's team has also qualified to compete nationally and will also be traveling to Tulsa, OK to represent Michigan 4-H. Contact Coach Heather Vuylsteke at 810-434-4359 with any questions or come to the October meeting to let her know you're interested in participating in next year's team.

Communications : Are you passionate about an equine issue? Do you want to educate others about an equine topic? Public speaking and team demonstrations are great ways to spread your knowledge. The top competitors in these categories also have the ability to compete nationally each fall. We'd love to see lots of St. Clair and Macomb County 4-H'ers competing in these areas. Contact Lucy Brown (see above) for additional information or with any questions.

Intro. to Winter Projects : If all of this sounds interesting but you just don't think you're ready to be on a possible competition team yet, or maybe you have no interest in competing but you want to learn horse stuff while having lots of fun, start with an intro to winter projects. Leaders Marianne Moskal and Linda Taylor welcome all 4-Hers to join them in relaxed, fun, and interactive sessions where learning doesn't feel like learning. Various equine topics will be explored with guest speakers and hands on activities. The October meeting will feature a blacksmith demonstration, so come prepared to be outdoors! Contact Marianne at 810-305-9834 with any questions.
We hope to see you soon!!
Submitted by Lucy Brown, 4-H Volunteer

State 4-H Dog Show Results
The 2018 State 4-H Dog Show results are in. See how Macomb County youth fared:   http://www.canr.msu.edu/resources/state-4-h-animal-science-events-results .

Celebrate 4-H Spirit Day - Oct. 9
4-H Spirit Day is October 9th. Celebrate the day by showing your  4-H pride, wearing 4-H apparel and spreading the word about 4-H in your community. See  https://www.canr.msu.edu/events/4-h-spirit-day  for more information.

Local 4-H club makes the news
An article about the Eastpointe Clever Clovers 4-H Club appeared in the September 26, 2018 issue of the Roseville-Eastpointe Eastsider. Read about the new club online at https://bit.ly/2xIZ0b5.

Fall 4-H Club Leader Meet - Oct. 10

Other Local News & Events
Play is free to Macomb County residents who R.S.V.P.
The play  SWEAT is free to Macomb County residents who R.S.V.P., while tickets last. In addition, any 4-H members can assist younger youth with crafts at this event and receive community service hours. This could also be an opportunity for members to promote their 4-H clubs. Contact Kea Norrell-Aitch at 586-469-6264 or knboyd@msu.edu for more information about volunteering.

Assistance League of SE Michigan Mistletoe Marketplace Fundraiser - Nov. 14

The Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan is holding a fundraiser, Mistletoe Marketplace, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Palazzolo Grande, 54660 Van Dyke, Shelby Township. Funds raised will support the organization's local community programs.

The Assistance League began in California in 1880. There are 50 chapters in California and other chapters in 29 states. The southeastern Michigan chapter is the only one in Michigan and was founded in 1993. The organization provides
brand new winter coats, hats, mittens, shirts, pants, underwear, books and other items to over 4,000 children in Macomb, Wayne and Oakland counties each year. It also provides help kits to mothers who need them for their new infants, and assault survivor kits for organizations throughout the state of Michigan. The group also has reading programs, provides boxes of food, etc. In addition, the organization has a resale shop on Main Street in downtown Rochester (next to Chomps). All items in the store are either donated or on consignment. All persons working in the store are volunteers. For more information about the Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan, visit  http://semich.assistanceleague.org  .
Statewide 4-H News & Events 
Michigan 4-H International Exchange Program
Have you ever wanted to travel to another country?  See what other cultures are like? Michigan 4-H International Exchange Program is ready to assist you in your travels abroad during the summer 2019.  For 2019 we offer one month trips to Costa Rica, Japan, Finland, and South Korea. Scholarships are available. Submit applications between Nov. 1 and Dec 1, 2018.  Start fundraising now. Contact D'Ann Rohrer drohrer@msu.edu for more information.

4-H scholarships available

Outstanding Michigan 4-H members who are involved at county, regional, state, national or international levels are eligible to apply for Michigan 4-H scholarships to help fund their college experience. The Michigan State University applications are due mid-October while species specific scholarships are due by Nov. 1. Applications and more information are available online.

Apply for the Michigan 4-H State Youth Leadership Council by Oct. 28
The Michigan 4-H State Youth Leadership Council applications are now open at https://events.anr.msu.edu/SYLCApplication18/. See the links below and this document for an 
overview of who is eligible to apply, the selection process, and more. The deadline to apply is 
October 28, 2018.  This opportunity is for high school aged youth who are seeking a state-level leadership role and who are enthusiastic about Michigan 4-H.   

Link to Website for More Information: http://msue.anr.msu.edu/program/info/sylc   

National 4-H Week to be celebrated Oct. 7 - 13
For the 76th consecutive year, millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni across the country will  celebrate  National 4-H Week  from October 7-13. This year's theme, Inspire Kids to Dois a campaign that will give kids more opportunities to do, empowering them with the skills they need to succeed in life and career.

During the 2018 National 4-H Week, Michigan 4-H is encouraging 4-H youth, volunteers, staff and supporters to get out and inspire youth to be True Leaders through hands-on doing. From empowering them to pursue their passions to learning new skills, this October is a perfect time to make a difference for the next generation.

Across the country, the goal of the 2018 National 4-H Week is to reach one million doers. You can help accomplish this by sharing how 4-H has inspired you or your kids to do on social media channels and with individuals in your community. Though every day during National 4-H Week is a great time to show your pride, Tuesday, Oct. 9, is the official 4-H Spirit Day where it is encouraged to wear 4-H apparel to show your 4-H pride.

4-H Youth in Action Award applications due Oct. 22
Sharing your 4-H story could earn you a $5,000 scholarship and a trip to Washington, D.C. for National 
4-H Council's Legacy Awards, where you'll have the chance to tell your story while meeting 4-H celebrities and other notable alums.

The 4-H Youth in Action Award program recognizes four 4-H true leaders from across the nation in core pillar areas of agriculture, civic engagement, healthy living and STEM.  Applications are due Oct. 22, 2018 and are available at  https://4-h.org/parents/4-h-youth-in-action-awards/ .

Michigan 4-H Creative Arts Celebration - Nov. 17-18
Registration for the 2018 Michigan 4-H Creative Arts Celebration is now open. Meet others from across the state who are passionate about creative arts while engaging in hands-on activities that build your creative talent. Register online at https://events.anr.msu.edu/creativecelebration18/

4-H Day with Michigan Basketball - Dec. 30
Attention University of Michigan basketball fans!  U of M Athletics has invited Michigan 4-H to attend a men's basketball game on December 30, 2018 (U of M vs. Binghamton).  4-H's discounted tickets are only $10 but will go fast! The first 20 youth (6th grade or younger) who purchase tickets are invited to stand on the court with the team during the pre-game singing of the National Anthem, and will get a free t-shirt! Tickets make great gifts! Non-4-H friends and family are welcome to attend also! Purchase tickets online at  https://fevo.me/2QXgrwD . Contact Andrew Snyderman at the U of M Athletics office (734-615-7900) with any specific event questions.
Other Statewide News & Events
NEMIGLSI network calling for student film submissions
The Northeast Michigan Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative (NEMIGLSI) network is now calling for film submissions from youth in grades 8-12 for the Thunder Bay International Film Festival Student Film Competition! Films must address the theme, #ExplorationIs and be less than 5 minutes in length. Selected films will be shown at the Thunder Bay International Film Festival, and prizes are given to winning films. Interested? Submit your film no later than January 4th, 2018. Visit http://bit.ly/explorationis for details. For more information, contact Sarah Waters at sarah.a.waters@noaa.gov or 989-884-6204. 

Apply for a Budding Botanist Grant by Nov. 19
KidsGardening and Klorane Botanical Foundation are pleased to announce the opening of the 2019 Budding Botanist grant!   Budding Botanist is open to any Title I public or charter school in the United States. Applicants must be planning a new or expanding an existing school garden program designed to teach students about environmental sustainability and the importance of biodiversity. Grant winners will receive a $500 curriculum and garden tool package, as well as a check for $2,500 to install or expand a school garden. 

Applications for Budding Botanist are due November 19, 2018. If you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact KidsGardening education specialist Sarah Pounderssarahp@kidsgardening.com.

Calendars of Events
Macomb County 4-H Calendar of Events

October 1
4-H County Awards application deadline

October 1 (1st Monday of the month, October-April)
6:30 p.m., Goodells County Park Community Building, Goodells

October 3-14
TSC Paper Clover Fundraiser
In Macomb County: RomeoNew Haven and Richmond

October 8
Macomb County offices closed

October 10
6:30 p.m., MSU Extension, Clinton Township

October 24
6-8 p.m., Jermaine Jackson Center, Mount Clemens

October 28
4-8 p.m., St. Francis/St. Maximilian, Chesterfield Township

November 1
4-H re-enrollment deadline for returning members who are planning to show 4-H projects at the 2019 Armada Fair

November 1
Annual Financial Summary Report forms due from each club and committee that was active during the last 4-H program year (2017-18)

Novmeber 3
10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., MSU Extension, VerKuilen Building, Clinton Township

November 4
Macomb County 4-H Awards Event
2 p.m., MSU Extension, VerKuilen Building, Clinton Township

November 6, 12, and 22-23
Macomb County offices closed

Other Local News & Events

October 5
SWEAT - Free live theater
6:30 p.m., Macomb Family Resource Center, Mount Clemens

November 14
9 a.m.-3 p.m., Palazzolo Grande, Shelby Township

Statewide 4-H Calendar of Events

October 6: 
The Wild Pumpkin, Beaverton 

October 9
4-H Spirit Day 
Wear your 4-H swag and represent 4-H
Take photos and submit to the Macomb County 4-H Facebook page!

October 20-21
W.K. Kellogg Biological Station Conference Center, Hickory Corners

October 28

November 2
Marquette County MSU Extension Office, Negaunee

November 17-18
Kettunen Center, Tustin 

December 30
12 p.m., Crisler Arena, Ann Arbor

Other Statewide Events

October 3-4
Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities Conference

January 4
Entry deadline for the NEMIGLSI Filmmaking Contest

National 4-H Calendar of Events

October 3-14
TSC 4-H Paper Clover Fundraiser
TSC stores nationwide (in Macomb County: Romeo and New Haven)

October 7-13
National 4-H Week  

October 22
4-H Youth in Action Award applications due

November 23-27
Atlanta, GA