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September 2020     
Macomb County 4-H News & Events
Annual Financial Summary Reports due by Oct. 15 
Macomb County 4-H club and committee administrative leaders, don't forget to turn in your group's Annual Financial Summary Report for the previous program year (Sept. 1, 2019-Aug. 31, 2020). This form is required annually from each club and committee. Completed forms should be emailed to Macomb.4h@macombgov.org (preferred) or mailed to Macomb County MSU Extension, Attn: 4-H, 21885 Dunham Road, Suite 12, Clinton Township, MI 48036 no later than Oct. 15, 2020.

2020-21 club and committee registration 
Administrative leaders, now is the time to register your club or committee for the 2020-2021 4-H program year. You can complete the Club Information form online at https://forms.gle/BbmU8kmY9tmBAnFL8 and mail or email your signed Civil Rights Compliance Statement, Bylaws, and Annual Financial Summary for 2019-20 to Macomb County MSU Extension. Printed forms are also being mailed to administrative club leaders.

If your club is not returning for the 2020-21 program year, please contact the Macomb County 4-H program staff for important information about the required club disbandment process:

Seth Martin: mart1885@msu.edu
Katelyn Burns: burnska9@msu.edu 
Lizz Duran: duraneli@msu.edu 

Things to know: 
  • 2020-2021 4-H youth member and adult volunteer enrollment/re-enrollment has been delayed until mid-September as we migrate to 4-H Online 2.0. Watch for the link, instructions and a new 4-H Online Family Guide to be made available soon.
  • New adult volunteers must be screened and accepted as Gold volunteers in Volunteer Central before enrolling in 4-H Online. 
  • Returning adult volunteers must complete their annual background checks through Volunteer Central before enrolling in 4-H Online. To complete the process, they will login to Volunteer Central and click "Please complete" next to Authorizations and Background Checks.  
  • The Michigan 4-H Volunteer Code of Conduct has been updated to include program specific addendums and an addendum for novel coronavirus/COVID-19 expectations. Volunteers agree to the Code of Conduct during the application process or upon acceptance and annually within Volunteer Central and when they enroll in 4-H Online.
  • For the 2020-2021 4-H program year only, the $20 per youth/max. $60 per family Michigan 4-H member participation fee has been waived
  • Until further notice, all 4-H programs, meetings and events must be held virtually. To learn more about holding your club or committee meetings and events virtually, contact 4-H Program Coordinators Katelyn Burns, Seth Martin, or Lizz Duran.

Fall 4-H Leader Meet - Oct. 6
Club Leaders and project leaders, kick off the 2020-21 4-H program year right by attending the Macomb County 4-H Leader Meet from 
6-8 p.m. on October 6, 2020. There will be important information available to help you start off the new program year. Also we will be hosting a brainstorming session to determine what Macomb County 4-H will look like in the new program year. A ZOOM link will be sent to all volunteers prior to the meeting. If you have any questions please contact Lizz Duran, duraneli@msu.edu.

Macomb Co. 4-H Virtual Club begins in September

A new club is coming to Macomb County...a virtual club! Whether you are a 4-H member who wants to join a secondary club, or brand new to 4-H, this club has space for you! Join us monthly via Zoom as we play games, build relationships, and learn from fun educational activities. Open to all youth ages 5-19. To receive the Zoom access information for our first meeting on September 22, please email Seth Martin (mart1885@msu.edu) or Katelyn Burns (burnska9@msu.edu).

Macomb County 4-H Youth Council Meeting 
and Officer Position Nominations

Do you want to help shape the Macomb County 4-H program? Are you looking for a new leadership opportunity to add to your resume? Are you ready to expand your 4-H experience outside of your club? The Macomb County 4-H Youth Council may be the right fit for you! The Youth Council's next meeting is September 16, at 6:30 p.m. 
Please email Macomb County 4-H Program Coordinator Katelyn Burns at burnska9@msu.edu for the Zoom link.

During the Council's September meeting, nominations will be accepted for officer positions. If you are interested in an officer position but cannot attend the meeting, please submit a written statement of your willingness to serve to Adult Advisors Cindy Bohm (scrappincindy@yahoo.com) and Jim Jerse (jjerse@ymail.com). Not ready for an officer position? Join us as a delegate from your club!

Nominations and Submissions 
for 2020 County Awards Sought 
County Awards are the highest form of recognition that can be obtained for 4-H members and volunteers at the County Level. The process gives members  the valuable life skill of completing a formal application. The information compiled will be useful in employment or college applications. 

To complete an application for a nomination or submission go to https://www.canr.msu.edu/macomb/4-h/Awards-Recognition/county-awards. Applications have been made electronic and fillable for your convenience. Deadline for submissions is September 16th. For more information, contact Macomb County 4-H Program Coordinator Lizz Duran at duraneli@msu.edu
Statewide 4-H News & Events 
Important Changes to 4-H Financial Manuals for Volunteers & Treasurers 

The 4-H Financial Manuals for Volunteers and Treasurers support 4-H volunteers and adult and youth treasurers in their roles managing 4-H funds. 

Small revisions and updates to these books were made in 2020.The online PDF versions of the manuals contain the changes.
However, if you have a printed or hard copy version that does not contain the 2020 changes, a one-page document is available online that notes all the important content adjustments. It is recommended that you print this resource and store it in your manual for quick reference.  

Download the 2020 changes resource at www.canr.msu.edu/resources/4_h_financial_management_toolkit. For more information, please contact your local county staff member.

ParFeeUpdateUpdate on 2020-2021 4-H Participation Fees
MSU Extension recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic and other associated factors have put a financial strain on many families. Therefore, we have opted to waive the Michigan 4-H participation fee of $20 per person or $60 per family for the 2020-21 4-H program year which begins September 1, 2020. Some events may continue to have registration fees. You will continue to register through 4-H Online, but no participation fees will be collected or expected next year. 
If you are interested in supporting 4-H in lieu of paying participation fees, please contact your 4-H program coordinator for opportunities.

OnlineEnrollmentChangesChanges coming to 4-H Online this fall! 
This fall, 4-H Online will be upgraded to version 2.0. This enhanced version of our current registration system will offer many improvements, including the ability to register for events, the ability to collect registration fees via credit card, and improved communication features, among others. Though the system will look a bit different, we anticipate this upgrade will also provide a better user experience for the 4-H community. 
In preparation for this upgrade, 4-H Online was shut down on August 27 to migrate Michigan 4-H data to the 2.0 version. The system will reopen mid-September; during the transition time, you will not be able to access 4-H Online. Once the system is operational again, MSU Extension will email the 4-H community with instructions on how to enroll/re-enroll in the upgraded system. In that communication, we will also provide additional training resources for administrative leaders/volunteers, as well as 4-H families who would like to learn more about 4-H Online 2.0. 
We appreciate your patience with this transition and look forward to starting the 2020-2021 program year with an even better 4-H Online experience.

Explore your leadership skills with the 
2020 Women's Leadership Institute

Youth ages 13-19 are invited to learn from strong women leaders while exploring their own leadership skills at the 2020 MSU Women's Leadership Institute. This two-day event will begin on September 10 when attendees (open to anyone of any age) join an interactive webinar to hear from women leaders working at the intersection of health and wellness-including on the front lines of health care during the 
novel coronavirus pandemic. Learn how the different leadership types responded during times of crisis, and how they're promoting health and wellness at this critical time. 
On September 14, youth participants will take part in the second portion of this event, which is reserved just for teens. During this virtual session, youth will discuss the Day 1 speakers and their own leadership challenges and successes. 
Each event will be hosted from 6-8 p.m. Although featuring women leaders, the Women's Leadership Institute is a great opportunity for youth of any gender to learn more about leadership. Register at www.canr.msu.edu/events/women-s-leadership-institute-2020 or contact Roxanne Turner (turnerr@msu.edu or 517-546-3950) or Darren Bagley (bagleyda@msu.edu or 810-244-8515) for more information.

4-H League of Clovers Live - September 12
Due to unexpected barriers to the realm, the virtual 4-H League of Clovers Live program has been rescheduled to September 12, 2020. This gives Michigan youth more time to enroll and be eligible for a chance to win Dungeons and Dragons and 4-H prizes. For more information or to register, visit https://events.anr.msu.edu/LeagueLive/. Questions? Contact Mason County 4-H Program Coordinator Aaron Myers at myersaa1@msu.edu.

4-H Comedy Writing Workshop
Teens ages 14-19 are invited to join MSU Extension for a virtual six-week 4-H Comedy Writing Workshop with a professional stand-up comedian September 16-October 21, 2020. There are only 15 spots available. Register by Sept. 15th at https://events.anr.msu.edu/4hcomedyworkshop/.

Lego, Mincraft SPIN Clubs back due to popularity
Due to the popularity of previous Lego and Minecraft 4-H SPIN Clubs, they are being offered again in September and October. These 4-H SPIN Clubs will meet virtually via Zoom (both computer and smartphone accessible). For information, contact Christine Miller at johns832@msu.edu or 517-552-6905.

LEGO SPIN Clubs: These clubs will give youth a chance to be creative, be ingenious, be an engineer and become a Master Builder with LEGO! These 4-H SPIN Clubs are FREE and OPEN to 4-H members and non-4-H youth ages 5 to 12. 
  • September 14-18, 2020: Participants will meet from 10-11:15 a.m. daily. Register by September 10th at https://bit.ly/2EA1grD
  • October 5-9, 2020: Participants will meet from 4-5:15 p.m. daily. Register by Oct. 1st at https://bit.ly/3b03Inz.

Minecraft SPIN Clubs: Through this club, any youth aged 8-12 will be introduced to computer coding through the world of Minecraft. Participants will meet each day via Zoom.  
  • September 21-25, 2020: Participants will meet from 10-11:15 a.m. daily. Register by September 17th at https://bit.ly/34FkJlI
  • October 19-23, 2020: Participants will meet from 4-5:15 p.m. daily. Register by October 15th at https://bit.ly/2YImyuu.

New 4-H student organization at MSU
Collegiate 4-H is a new student organization at Michigan State University this fall. Like them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/collegiate.4h.msu/) or follow them on Instagram (@Collegiate_4h_MSU) for future updates. 
Calendars of Events 
Update on Face-to-Face Michigan 4-H Programming
Earlier this year, MSU Extension pivoted all programming to online formats to comply with the original Stay Safe, Stay Home order (EO2020-42). Though this has been a difficult time for communities, families and our own faculty and staff members, we are proud of the work our team has done to ensure that the 4-H community continues to have access to high-quality educational opportunities throughout Michigan.

After much discussion and study, we have decided to continue to keep all 4-H programming, meetings and events virtual until further notice. This applies to all children and youth activities involving ages birth to 19. We recognize that this is a hardship on those who are eager to engage in in-person activities with their 4-H community. However, we must do everything we can to keep youth and adults safe and healthy. As such, please continue to hold 4-H club meetings and other local events virtually. MSU Extension staff members, including 4-H program coordinators, cannot support in-person activities. In addition, funds raised in the name of 4-H cannot be used to support in-person events until further notice. 
Although our delivery modes have changed, we are still hard at work for you. Because of our statewide reach, you have access to a number of MSU Extension events. Visit our MSU Extension Remote Learning and Resources to learn more. 
We assure you that this does not diminish our commitment to the 4-H community. We will continue to offer high-quality, virtual programming and experiences, and look forward to the day when we can resume in-person programming. 

Macomb County 4-H Events

September 16
Macomb County 4-H Awards application deadline

September 16
Macomb County 4-H Youth Council Meeting
6:30 p.m., Zoom

4-H Online enrollment opens for 2020-2021

October 6
Fall 4-H Leader Meet
6 p.m., Online

Statewide & National 4-H Events
Zoom Webinar
(Explore the kitchen and learn how to bake old-fashioned cream cheese cookies. Topics covered include the proper ways to mix ingredients, safety in the kitchen, and cleanliness.)  

September 10 & 14
Zoom Webinar
(On Day 1, listen and learn from women leaders working at the intersection of health and wellness. On Day 2, discuss Day 1 speakers and explore your own challenges and successes as leaders.) 

September 12

September 14
Zoom Webinar
(This 8-session 4-H SPIN club will run through October 7. It is open to U.P. youth in grades 6-9 who want to learn about caring for children and how to be a great babysitter.) 

September 14-18

Septmber 16-October 21

September 19 
Zoom Webinar
(Join the Kellogg Biological Sanctuary (KBS) for a virtual presentation about the birds of prey that reside at the Sanctuary and meet two special guests. This workshop is offered for $5 for KBS members and $7 for non-members.)

September 21-25
Minecraft 4-H SPIN Club

October 5-9

October 19-23
Minecraft 4-H SPIN Club

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

View more virtual events at canr.msu.edu/Online4MI.
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

Office Assistant - Senior


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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