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September 2018     
Macomb County 4-H News & Events
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. Not sure where to begin? A helpful webinar has been set up at 7:30 p.m. on September 13, 2018 to help you understand the form and how to fill it out. Sign up online at  https://bit.ly/2uEghzT.

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.

2018-2019 4-H club enrollment/re-enrollment
Macomb County 4-H Club Leaders:

The new 4-H program year is here, and it's time to enroll/re-enroll your club for 2019! Materials and the information you need are listed below and are also online at
http://msue.macombgov.org/MSUE-4H-Resources-Forms  under "Club Enrollment." Printed copies may be requested from the MSU Extension 4-H office.

Returning clubs should turn in the following  to Macomb County MSU Extension , Attn: 4-H, 21885 Dunham Road, Suite 12, Clinton Township, MI 48036; email them to macomb.4h@macombgov.org ; or fax them to 586-469-6948, Attn: 4-H, so that we may update your club information in the 4-H Online enrollment system :
New clubs should turn in items listed above AND those listed b elow:
Member/volunteer enrollment: Members and volunteers must also enroll/re-enroll online at  https://mi.4honline.com and pay a $20 per youth/max. $60 per family Michigan 4-H participation fee. Cash, check or credit card payments are now accepted by Macomb County MSU Extension. Please make checks out to MSU. Credit card payments are accepted by phone (586-469-6431) or in person at the MSU Extension Office in Clinton Township during regular business hours. In lieu of payment, a Participation Fee Scholarship Application should be turned for each youth who is requesting a scholarship to cover the State 4-H Participation Fee.

Remember that youth can enroll in 4-H at any time, however, returning members planning to show 4-H projects at the 2019 Armada Fair must be enrolled by Nov. 1, 2018 and new members by April 1, 2019. Horse project members planning to participate in the County Point Shows also need to be registered with the Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Committee by May 1, 2019.

Club disbandment : If your club is not returning for the 2018-19 program year, please contact  the Macomb County 4-H program staff for important information about the required club disbandment process.

Questions about the Macomb County 4-H club 
enrollment/re-enrollment process or 4-H Online member and volunteer enrollment? Feel free to contact Macomb County 4-H staff at 586-469-6431 or macomb.4h@macombgov.org. Regular office hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.
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
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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County Awards
How do 4-H'ers compete in 4-H?  Macomb County 4-H'ers work hard on their projects all year, and the 4-H County Awards Program is one way for them to be recognized for their efforts. Members (and volunteers) can apply or be nominated for a 4-H County Award. Consider applying or nominating a deserving 4-H'er!

Michigan 4-H members who are currently enrolled in a Macomb County 4-H program and are 11 to 19 years of age as of January 1 of the current program year are eligible for the Macomb County 4-H Awards Program. The Macomb County 4-H Awards Program is divided into two age divisions: Junior (4-H ages 11-14) and Senior (4-H ages 15-19). The purpose of this awards program is to recognize Macomb County 4-H youth for engaging in rich learning experiences that result in outstanding knowledge and life-skill development.  It's worth it! After participating in the County 4-H Awards Program youth will:
  • Learn to better communicate and articulate their accomplishments on professional applications such as scholarships, college entrance applications, résumés and cover letters for employment
  • Have more experience and be better able to communicate during job interviews
  • Build long-lasting friendships and establish connections with industry and academic leaders
  • Be encouraged to set new goals, continue building skills and assets, and broaden interests
  • Be eligible to apply for State 4-H awards
County Awards applications must be returned to the Macomb County MSU Extension 4-H Office  or be postmarked  by October 1st . Please note that the deadline has been changed. Forms are available online at  http://msue.macombgov.org/MSUE-4H-Resources-Forms  . For more information about 4-H County Awards Program, contact Macomb County Extension office at 586-469-6431. 

Apply or nominate deserving members  and/or volunteers by Oct. 1!

4-H Awards Application Preparation Workshop - Sept. 15

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 for more information about the TSC 4-H Paper Clover Fundraiser or TSC Paper Clover Sweepstakes.

State 4-H Horse Show volunteers appreciated
Special thanks to the Macomb County 4-H volunteers who helped out at the State 4-H Horse Show at MSU from August 17-19, 2018: 

Michelle Ford Michael DeFour Jennifer Miller Ray Hollingsworth Holly Kitchen

Fall 4-H Club Leader Meet - Oct. 10

Other Local News & Events

Farmada event needs volunteers with animals - September 9
Advantage Living Center in Armada is holding an event called Farmada on September 9, 2018.  They are looking for volunteers to bring rabbits, poultry, sheep, llamas, calves, goats, dogs and cats for the residents to be able to pet and enjoy. If you are willing to bring a kind-hearted animal, please call Darla at 586-784-5322 and  ask for the activities department. Please leave a message with your name and number and she will call you back.

Pet rabbit needs a good home
Doby is a pet Netherland Dwarf rabbit, and he needs a good home. He weighs about 3 pounds, is kitty litter trained and likes to be outside on nice days. The current owner is leaving for college and will be unable to give him the attention he needs. Please contact Lynn at 586-945-0527 if you're interested in adopting this rabbit.

Why Your Kid Needs a Roth IRA

A Roth IRA isn't typically considered a savings vehicle for kids, but it should be.  Yes, the "R" in IRA stands for retirement, which probably doesn't make the list of things most minors are saving for. But Roth IRAs aren't just for retirement - they're actually ideal for kids. The decades ahead mean money contributed has more time to grow tax-free.  To read more, visit  https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/investing/why-your-kid-needs-a-roth-ira/  .

Submitted by Betty Nebel, 4-H Volunteer

Macomb County Freedom Fest - Sept. 15

Statewide 4-H News & Events 
CompletingAnlFinStmtCompleting Your 4-H Group's Annual Financial Summary Report
4-H club and committee leaders, every 4-H group is required to complete an Annual Financial Summary Report annually. Join Michigan State University Extension staff on September 13, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. for "Completing your 4-H Group's Annual Summary Financial Report." Walk through the steps to completing the report and ask questions you have about the form, process, or financial accountability for 4-H groups. Sign up for this webinar at https://bit.ly/2uEghzT.

2018 Michigan 4-H Goat Project Youth Workshop
Participants in the 2018 Michigan 4-H Goat Project Teen Workshop will have the opportunity to rotate through hands on educational sessions that cover topics such as parasite management, exploring the digestive system, dairy goat judging, and make it, take it, use it goat equipment!  At the conclusion of the day, participants will be invited to compete in a goat judging contest!  

Michigan 4-H recognizes true leaders with 4-H State Awards
Nearly 100 outstanding Michigan 4-H members gathered on the campus of Michigan State University (MSU) June 21, 2018, to celebrate their accomplishments through the Michigan 4-H State Awards Recognition program. During the event, 31 youth received Michigan 4-H State Awards, the highest honor bestowed on Michigan 4-H members.

Hosted by Michigan State University Extension , the awards ceremony was held at the Kellogg Center on the campus of MSU and attended by 4-H State Award delegates, their families, 4-H staff members and volunteers, industry partners, donors and sponsors.

"With more than 200,000 4-H'ers across the state, the youth honored with State Awards are some of our most elite 4-H'ers," said Jake Dedecker, Acting State Leader of MSU Extension, Michigan 4-H programs. "Their commitment to bettering themselves and their communities through service and extensive 4-H work really make them true leaders in their clubs, counties and state."

Michigan 4-H State Awards may be presented in 19 potential award categories that showcase the diverse array of 4-H knowledge, skills and experience. Recipients of the 2018 awards are:
  • Beef Science: Rebecca Herzog of Mecosta County (senior division).
  • Bird and Poultry Science : Fawn Muraske of Newaygo County (junior division) and Grace Schmidt of Livingston County (senior division).
  • Civic Engagement : Ganna Omar of Houghton County (junior division) and Paige Sweet of Monroe County (senior division).
  • Communications and Expressive Arts : Alivia Funchion of Monroe County (junior division) and Andrew Wittbrodt of Isabella County (senior division).
  • Companion Animal Science : Danielle Lamb of Cass County (senior division).
  • Consumer and Family Science : Kerrie Kraftchick of Monroe County (senior division).
  • Dairy Science : Rebecca Halveka of Menominee County (junior division) and Shannon Good or Kent County (senior division),
  • Environmental and Earth Science : Nathan Laurenz of Gratiot County (senior division).
  • Equine Science : Elizabeth Vincent of Monroe County (junior division) and Madison Rose Walcher of Menominee County (senior division)
  • Goat Science : Jaycie King of St Joseph County (junior division) and Kelsey Yarger of Monroe County (senior division).
  • Healthy Lifestyles : Haley Loehfelm of Kent County (junior division) and John Collins of St Joseph County (senior division).
  • Leadership and Personal Development : Jaren Schmidt of Monroe County (junior division) and Loren King of St Joseph County (senior division).
  • Rabbit and Cavy Science : Alexis Fisher of Monroe County (junior division) and Dale Mize III of Livingston County (senior division).
  • Sheep Science : Stuart Limbaugh of Iosco County (junior division) and Cassie Perrin of Muskegon County (senior division).
  • Swine Science : Jaycie Brown of Livingston County (junior division) and Carley VanNorman of Sanilac County (senior division).
  • Technology and Engineering : Nicholas Sheppard of Kalamazoo County (junior division) and Ethan Harbaugh of Monroe County (senior division)
  • Group Award: Meating the Need of Our Village; Addy Battel, Pearl Daskam, and Royce Daskam of Huron County
Read the full article here:

Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities Conference - Oct. 3-4
Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities (CEC) conference offers a number of innovative sessions for adults working with youth? Below is just a sampling of the 27 classes offered. You can take these sessions on October 3 & 4 in the beautiful City of Charlevoix by registering for the CEC conference here: http://events.anr.msu.edu/CEC2018/ .
  • Empowering Young Entrepreneurs: Join us for an exciting conversation on engaging young people in exploring entrepreneurship as a career option. Curriculum, resources and innovative youth entrepreneurship programs from around the state will be shared.
  • Saving Small Towns With Big City Ideas: Small towns continue to lose young people as they are drawn to big cities and the urban lifestyle. So how can small towns attract and keep the younger people they need to sustain the community? This session will look at what is attracting millennials to big cities and how those characteristics can be adapted to small towns.
  • Junior Main Street-Community Connections to Youth: Main Street programs serve as a catalyst for an energetic downtown. Creating community connections to youth can build civic duty and a greater appreciation for history while encouraging long term residency. Participants will learn how to develop and fund successful outreach techniques for youth and practical approaches that can be applied in any community, large or small.
  • Mind-boggling Opportunities: Preparing for the new economy: Is your local government ready to compete in the new economy? To attract new residents, businesses and create jobs, local governments need to consider if their current processes and preferences accommodate the needs of a changing world. This interactive session will review the "New Economy Checklist," which evaluates your current local government practices and policies.
  • Pitch NightsHow pitch nights can help launch businesses in your town. They are fun, exciting and productive...if done right! Learn from several small communities who's 2017 pitch night programs resulted in 19 new business launches.
  • What are visitors "First Impressions" in your community? First Impression Tourism Assessment (FIT) helps communities learn about strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities through the eyes of first-time visitors. The results of FIT form the basis for future development, spawn local leadership, and strengthen community vitality. Come learn how to be a FIT community and apply it in downtown Charlevoix.
To support youth entrepreneurship, MSU Extension 4-H also offers a limited amount of scholarships for young entrepreneurs in high school or college who want to showcase their small business. Contact Kathy Jamieson at jamies13@msu.edu for more information.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn how you can develop the next generation of entrepreneurs in your club, school, church or community.  Conference registration includes breakout sessions, lunch, dinner, and 2 keynote speeches from local entrepreneurs. Early bird registration is $85 and ends Friday, September 7 ! Normal registration is $100 until  September 30 . At-the-door registration is $125. Plus  this conference offers   great networking  opportunities  to meet business people who could be your future volunteers, partners, and source of financial support.
Additional information can be found by checking out the CEC website http://www.canr.msu.edu/cec/. Also attached is the complete list of classes and the CEC brochure



Other National News & Events
Evergreen Packaging and KidsGardening are proud 
to present their fifth annual Carton 2 Garden Contest!

Open nationwide to public and private schools, grades PreK-12, Carton2Garden contest winners will be selected based on 
their implementation of an innovative garden creation featuring creative and sustainable uses for repurposed milk and juice cartons. This year they are awarding fifteen prizes, including a $5,000 grand  prize.  Also, if you know of any teachers or school administrators whoare interested in school garden projects and some training, contact your local MSU Extension office and we can help them get growing at their school. To find out more about Carton2Garden, visi https://bit.ly/2w7jNof .
Calendars of Events
Macomb County 4-H Calendar of Events

September 1
2018-2019 4-H club enrollment begins

September 13
Macomb County 4-H Youth Council Meeting
6:30 p.m., MSU Extension, Clinton Township

September 15
11 a.m.-2 p.m., MSU Extension, Clinton Township
October 1
4-H County Awards application deadline

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

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

October 27
El Dia de los Muertos
4-8 p.m., St. Maximillian, 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)

Other Local News & Events

September 9
Advantage Living Center, Armada

September 15
10 a.m.-2 p.m., Macomb Community College, South Campus, Sports & Expo Center

Statewide 4-H Calendar of Events

September 13
7:30 p.m., online
September 22
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Ionia Fairgrounds, Ionia

Other Statewide Events

August 30-September 3
Michigan State Fair, Suburban Collection Showcase, Novi

September 18
Rest Time Refreshers & Evening Energizers 
1-2 p.m., online

September 18
6:30-7:30 p.m., online

September 29
9-11 p.m., MSU

October 3-4
Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities Conference

National 4-H Calendar of Events

September 30
Madison, Wisconsin

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  

November 23-27
Atlanta, GA