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September 30, 2015   
Macomb County 4-H News
Fall Leader Update is October 7th: R.S.V.P. Today!

Thanks to the 2015 Macomb County 
4-H Youth Council

2015 4-H Youth Council officers Karalee Jerse 
and Maggie Bohm
A huge thank you, thank you, thank you to the 2015 4-H Youth Council (President, Karalee Jerse, Treasurer, Maggie Bohm, Secretary, Elly Karam and Sergeant of Arms, Willow Hollingsworth) who did a tremendous job for Macomb County 4-H.

It's bitter sweet to see you go and grow. Good luck in all your future endeavors!

4-H Youth Council Officer Elections
Macomb County 4-H Youth Council officers and advisors will be elected at the group's October 15, 2015 meeting. The meeting is at 6 p.m. at Camp Rotary in Ray Township. 

The 4-H Youth Council works to promote and expand 4-H in Macomb County through four subcommittees: Outreach & Education, Recognition, Finance, and Fair. 

Officers will:
  • Be the decision-making body for Macomb County 4-H
  • Help plan the program year
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Make a difference for others
  • Lead by example
  • Have fun
Youth Council officers:
  • Are dependable
  • Represent and promote 4-H at all times
  • Work well with other officers, members, leaders and parents
  • Help plan a program for the year that is in the best interest of Macomb County 4-H
  • Participate in monthly Council meetings the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at Camp Rotary in Ray Township
  • Are enthusiastic and passionate about 4-H
See the officer elections flyer for officer and advisor descriptions. Consider running for an officer position (president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, reporter, service officer, sergeant of arms, or nominating someone! Nominations will be accepted through 5 p.m. on October 15th at 586-469-6431 or macomb.4h@macombgov.org.
Macomb County 4-H Staff

Richard Wooten

District 11 Coordinator


Kea Norrell-Aitch

4-H Extension Educator


Mark Cowan

Americorps, 4-H Tech Wizards


Jeran Culina

4-H Mentor Program Coordinator


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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Winter Horse Projects
4-H members in Macomb and St. Clair Counties, you have the unique opportunity to spend the cold, dark months that will soon be here learning about your favorite things in the world (horses of course) and having a great time doing so. We call it Winter Projects, and will be meeting the first Monday of every month, October through April, from 6:30 to 8:00 in the Community Building at the Goodells County Park. Some of you may choose to compete in our various contest areas, some may simply want to learn. Maybe you've been riding and showing at high levels for 10 years, maybe you don't even ride but just love horses. Regardless of your background or experience, if you want to learn, we want you to join us! Come check out our first meeting in October.

Non-competition group 
Please contact Marianne Moskal at (810) 305-9834 with any questions about this group. The following topics aware planned:
  • October 5th--Blacksmith demonstration in livestock arena, parts of the hoof, hoof care
  • November 2nd--Equine first aid with a veterinarian
  • December 7th--Make horse treats at the Christmas party, potluck for the humans (no desserts), gift exchange with a $3 limit
  • January 4th--Show clothes, history and safety
  • February 1st--Equine nutrition and poisonous plants
  • March 7th--Learning games, bits and tack
  • April 4th--Grooming demonstration in the livestock arena, grooming tools and show preparation
Hippology and Horse Bowl
These competitive groups will be coached by Heather Mudge and will meet on the Mondays above. Details and expectations will be discussed at the October meeting. Contact Heather at (810) 434-4359 or dancer16_03@hotmail.com with "horses" in the subject line with any questions.
Hippology is literally the study of all things horse. Contestants will judge halter classes, take a written exam, evaluate horse related slides and stations, and participate in solving a team problem at MSU in April. Last year's St. Clair County Senior team, comprised of Felishia Block, Taryn Frey, and Rachel Remy, won the State contest and will be going on to compete nationally at the Quarter Horse Congress this October. Great job girls and good luck at Congress!

Horse Bowl is exactly what it sounds like--quiz bowl with horse questions. Check out what it's like to test your knowledge and reflexes at the same time! Contest to take place at MSU in April.

Horse Judging
This group is open to both those wanting to compete and those who just want to learn what the judge is looking for, and will be coached by Lucy Brown. Contact Lucy at (586) 855-3215 or lamckier@yahoo.com with any questions, or to be placed on the contact list if you can't make the October meeting. The judging group will meet on the Mondays above. Additional "classroom style" meetings and live judging clinics will be scheduled throughout the winter, with a contest at MSU in April. The focus will be 50% conformation (halter) and 50% performance classes for various breeds. Contestants will judge eight classes at the April contest, answer questions on some classes (in writing), and verbally explain their placings for some classes to a judge, one on one.

Give an individual speech or demonstration on a horse topic, or partner up with some friends to do so, at MSU in April. Talk to Lucy or Heather for additional details. 

Important things to know:
  • The Hippology, Horse Bowl, and Horse Judging contests take place at the same time, so you can only compete in one area.
  • Communications is the night before the other contests, so everyone can participate in communications.
  • Everyone is welcome at the additional horse judging meetings and clinics, but sometimes they are scheduled last minute, so let Lucy know if you want to be on the contact list.
  • Homeschoolers can receive credit for winter projects as a course, if they compete. Competition is considered the final exam.
  • Most importantly, we hope you can join us!
Submitted by Lucy Brown, 4-H Volunteer

A Ride for Jenna - October 10th
Come enjoy a fall ride on Wolcott Mill's Equestrian Trails at Camp Rotary. Meet up with old friends and make new ones as we remember the wonderful life of Jenna Balabuch, a past member of Ray's Riding Rascals 4-H Club and rider of these equestrian trails.

When: Saturday, October 10th
Time: 10 a.m.
Lunch at 12:30 p.m.
Where: Camp Rotary, 20505 29 Mile Road (at Wolcott Road)

Bring your own drinks and lunch along with a dessert to pass. There is no specific route planned, just come and ride at your own leisure on 10 miles of trails. Bridle tags and waivers will be provided for those who do not already have them. Also, donations will be accepted to go toward a scholarship in Jenna's honor. If inclement weather, use your good judgment. 

Please R.S.V.P. so that organizers have an estimate of how many riders to plan for. Last year there were about thirty riders. Let's get even more out this year to celebrate the memory of such a wonderful person. If you don't have a horse but would like to come anyway, please feel free to show up! Tell and invite your friends, print up and post fliers and come have a good time.

For more information or to R.S.V.P., contact Michelle at mporter240@gmail.com or 248-425-3174.

People, Pets & Vets - November 7th
People, Pets & Vets  is on  November 7th at Macomb Community College, 44575 Garfield, Clinton Township . If any clubs are attending and would like some recruitment materials, you may obtain some from the Extension office. Please remember to share the experience and post pictures on the 4-H Facebook page!

TSC Paper Clover Fundraiser - Oct. 7-18
This is a reminder that the Fall Tractor Supply Company (TSC) Paper Clover Fundraiser is 
October 7-18 During these dates, 4-H supporters can purchase a paper clover at  Tractor Supply Company stores  for $1 to support their local 4-H program. Of the proceeds, 65% is donated to the county 4-H program where the store resides, 5% to the state and 30% goes back to National 4-H Council for underwriting the program.
Paper Clover results are tracked by store nationwide. There are 79 TSC stores in 56 Michigan counties.  Be sure to stop by one of these Macomb County locations and support 4-H:

The Spring 2015 Paper Clover Promotion raised nearly $52,000 for Michigan 4-H (ranking 5th in the nation) and over $913,000 nationally! This campaign is an excellent way to both raise funds for your local program, as well as promote 4-H locally! 
Here's what you can do to be successful:
1.        Post a Paper Clover banner ad on your website(s).
2.        Post about Paper Clover on social media (consider sharing posts from 4-H, Michigan 4-H and/or
          Michigan 4-H Foundation).
3.        Email to let contacts know about Paper Clover.
4.        Touch base with your local TSC store manager.
5.        Plan for youth participation in-store.
Everything you need (banner ads, social media copy, press release, etc.)  is in the  Paper Clover toolkit available from National 4-H Council's website. Results will be tracked during the promotion at  http://www.tractorsupply.com/4h.
Stores that have youth present in-store during Paper Clover earn up to 40% more revenue than those who do not! Clubs which participate in-store can enter an in-store participation sweepstakes so that they have an opportunity to win a $150 TSC gift card or a $100 4-H mall gift card! Visit  http://www.tractorsupply.com/4h for sweepstakes details. Examples of in-store participation include: bake sales, demos, petting zoo, cook outs, public speaking and more!

For more information about what you and/or your club can do to help with the TSC Paper Clover Fundraiser, contact Elizabeth Duran, 4-H Program Coordinator, at 586-469-6090 or duraneli@anr.msu.edu .

Food Preservation: Holiday Gifts from the Kitchen
Food Preservation: Holiday Gifts from the Kitchen is being held on Oct. 15, 2015 at 6-8:30 p.m. at Macomb County MSU Extension, 21885 Dunham Road, Clinton Township, MI 48036. The cost is $20 per person. Register online at  http://events.anr.msu.edu/event.cfm?folder=foodpres101515 . Questions? Contact haramin2@anr.msu.edu.

Kittens Need a Good Home
Four kittens need a good home. Holly, Harry, Henry and Heidi are 7 1/2 week old. Contact Laurie at leamom28@gmail.com for more information.

Request for Group Enrollment Forms
If your club or committee held a training, event or community service project between September 1, 2014 and August 31, 2015, please fill out an ES-237 group enrollment form for each program or activity your club did outside of its regular club meetings. We need this information so that all of your wonderful efforts are counted! The statistical information is included in our year-end report and helps determine the funding the Macomb County 4-H program receives. Examples of what should be counted include animal clinics, community service activities, and shows and trainings put on by your club or committee. We need this information so that all of your wonderful efforts are counted! 
2015 Year-End Information for Clubs & Committees
Required year-end reports:  Club and committee leaders, don't forget to turn in your group's Annual Summary Financial Statement and Club/Committee Inventory Report for the 2015 program year (Sept. 1, 2014-Aug. 31, 2015). Both forms are required annually from each club and committee. Completed forms may be mailed to Macomb County MSU Extension, Attn: 4-H, 21885 Dunham Road, Suite 12, Clinton Township, MI 48036; faxed to 586-469-6948, Attn: 4-H; or turned in with your club's 2016 club re-enrollment packet no later than Nov. 1, 2015. 
Club disbandment:  If your club is not returning for the  2016 program year, please contact the Macomb County 4-H  program staff for important information about the required club disbandment process. 
2016 Club Enrollment/Re-enrollment Information
Club enrollment/re-enrollment for the 2016 program year officially began on September 1st. Materials you need to get started are listed below and are online at http://msue.macombgov.org/?q=MSUE-4H-Resources-Forms . Leaders, please turn in your club's enrollment materials to Macomb County MSU Extension so that MSU Extension can update your club information. IMPORTANT: Beginning September 30, 2015, 4-H Online users will not be able to access 4-H Online with Internet Explorer. Chrome and Firefox are recommended alternatives. Both are free to download.
2016 Club Enrollment/Re-enrollment (club leaders):
New clubs:

All clubs (new and returning):
- Bylaws (use Bylaws GuidelinesBylaws Worksheet
and Bylaws Worksheet for Cloverbud Groups as guides. If bylaws have not changed, please indicate that.)
- Copy of insurance form (insurance is optional)
These items may be turned in at the same time (recommended):
  • Participation Fee payments (Pay $10 per member, max. $30 per family. Pay only once annually in the county where youth's primary club is located. Make checks out to MSU.)
  • Participation Fee Scholarship Application in lieu of payment for each youth requesting a scholarship   to cover the State 4-H Participation Fee.
  • Participation Fee Payment Form (instructions)
  • Acknowledgement of Risk Form (this form is being updated and will be available soon)
2016 Member and Volunteer Enrollment/Re-enrollment (members and screened volunteers):
Once club forms are turned in and the club records have been updated, members and volunteers may begin enrolling/re-enrolling online at https://mi.4honline.com. Members and volunteers enrolling before club information has been updated may not be able to add all projects. Enrolling for the first time (no family profile)? Use the 4-H Online Family Guide for instructions. Re-enrolling for 2016? Use Re-enrolling through 4-H Online for guidance. 
Anyone needing help with club and member/volunteer enrollment/re-enrollment processes may contact the Macomb County 4-H staff for assistance 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 Calendar of Events

4-H Workshops

October 7
Fall 4-H Leader Update
6:30 p.m., Wolcott Farm

October 7
National 4-H Youth Science Day

October 7-18
TSC Paper Clover Fundraiser
Octobert 10
A Ride for Jenna
10 a.m., Camp Rotary, Ray Township

October 15
4-H Youth Council Meeting and Officer Elections
6 p.m., Camp Rotary, Ray Township

October 15
4-H Photography Workshop
6:30 p.m., Camp Rotary, Ray Township 

October 15
Food Preservation: Holiday Gifts from the Kitchen
6 p.m., VerKuilen Building, Clinton Township 

October 26
Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Committee Meeting
6:30 p.m., Camp Rotary, Ray Township 

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

4-H Workshops

October 9-11
Michigan 4-H Rabbit, Cavy & Poultry Show
Kettunen Center, Tustin 

Kettunen Center, Tustin
February 6-7, 2016
4-H Winterfest
Kettunen Center, Tustin
Kettunen Center, Tustin
Kettunen Center, Tustin
Beechpoint Christian Camp, Allegan

Other 4-H Events
November 27-December 1 
Hyatt Regency, Atlanta, Georgia
January 30, 2016
4-H Rabbit & Cavy Show 
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing 
For the most up-to-date 4-H events listing, go to http://4h.msue.msu.edu/events
For the MSU Animal Science Events Calendar, go to http://www.ans.msu.edu/extension/youth_events.