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April 1, 2015   
County Announcements

4-H Member Enrollment Deadline is TODAY

April 1, 2015 (today) is the 4-H member enrollment deadline for youth who plan to show 4-H projects at the 2015 Armada Fair. Enroll online at https://mi.4honline.com and pay State 4-H participation fees at Macomb County MSU Extension, 21885 Dunham Road, Suite 12, Clinton Township, MI 48036. Cash or check payments are accepted. Please make checks payable to MSU. Regular office hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Questions? Contact 4-H staff at 586-469-6431 or Macomb.4h@macombgov.org.


Armada Fair Updates

  • 2015 Theme "Oh the Thinks You Can Think When You Think of 4-H"
  • Armada Fair Planning Meeting for Fair liaisons, 4-H superintendents and youth organization volunteers, April 2, 2015, 7 p.m., Armada Fair Office
  • Fair clean up dates are May 31, 2015 and July 26th, 2015 10 a.m.-noon. Please bring anything you think will help, such as rakes, shovels, gardening tools, etc.
  • Entries accepted June 1-June 30. An important reminder to all leaders is that THEY, the leaders, need to take the entire club's forms to the fair office or mail them to the fair office. No children should be dropping off forms. The Fair Office WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING ANY MAILED ENTRIES FROM INDIVIDUAL CHILDREN. 
  • 4-H books will be done in April; leaders can come get their packets.
  • Parent armbands at $25 are still available.
  • Tagging dates are:
    • Swine, Goat, Lamb and Prospect Beef tagging are June 7th from 10am to Noon
    • Rabbit and Poultry tagging is July 19th from 10am to Noon.
  • Bill Hahn Memorial Scholarship applications are due on April 15th.

PQA Training

Exhibitors showing swine at the Armada Fair may be Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) certified. This certification is not mandatory to show at the fair; it is optional. Youth PQA is the food safety, antibiotic use, and animal well-being awareness and education program for youth pork producers. A PQA training is being offered on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 from 6 -7 p.m. at Grange Hall on the Armada Fairgrounds. Registration will take place in May.


Exploration Days Scholarships and Orientation

Registration for 4-H Exploration Days will remain open until 5 p.m. on April 28, 2015. There are two scholarships available to Macomb County youth:


1) The Macomb County 4-H Council Scholarship is open to Macomb County 4-H members and volunteers. The amount of the scholarship varies from year to year. Apply by the county 4-H Exploration Days registration deadline for consideration.


2) A limited number of MSU Extension 4-H Exploration Days scholarships are available to youth members and non-members. Youth expressing financial need or first-time attendance are given priority for this scholarship, but all are welcome to apply. Applications are due to Macomb County MSU Extension by 5 p.m. on April 28, 2015.


Mark your calendars! The mandatory 4-H Exploration Days Orientation is at 6:30 p.m. on June 1, 2015 at Macomb County MSU Extension, 21885 Dunham Road, Clinton Township, MI 48036. Roommates are being assigned differently this year. At orientation, participants will learn about the event, meet their roommates and more! Orientation details and balance information will be sent out in mid-May.


Chaperones, CCAs Needed for 4-H Exploration Days

Macomb County needs adult chaperones and one male and one female County Conference Assistant (CCA) for 4-H Exploration Days at MSU from June 24-26. Chapeones are responsible for up to 10 youth. CCAs attend the event free of charge but have additional responsibilities. A description of chaperone and CCA responsibilities is online at http://4h.msue.msu.edu/.../4-h_exploration_d.../responsibilities. Contact Macomb County MSU Extension at 586-469-6431 or macomb.4h@macombgov.org if interested.

Macomb County
4-H Staff

Richard Wooten

District 11 Coordinator


Kea Norrell-Aitch

Extension Educator


Mark Cowan

Americorps, 4-H Tech Wizards


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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Build Your Future: Choices...Connections...Careers Curriculum Training

Learn how to implement this new National 4-H curriculum focusing on career exploration and workforce preparation in your club, school or community group. The "Build Your Future" curriculum helps teens investigate career interests, identify goals, develop employability skills and explore postsecondary education options and sources of funding. Nine engaging chapters provide a fun structure to help teens learn about their choices, make important connections and plan successful, meaningful careers. Who should attend? Thanks to a 4-H Participation Fee Grant, this training is only $30 and includes 1) A full curriculum, both the Facilitator Guide and Career Journal, a $23.95 value; 2) A curriculum toolkit with pre-cut/printed materials and tools needed to implement the curriculum with ease, a $90 value; 3) Refreshments.


The training is Monday, May 4, 2015, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Max Thompson Community Center, 11370 Hupp (corner of Hupp and Marmon), Warren. Register online at http://events.anr.msu.edu/BYFgrant/ For more information, contact Kathy Jamieson: at jamies13@anr.msu.edu  or 586-469-6093.



Macomb County 4-H Outdoorama is Saturday, May 30

Macomb County 4-H Outdoorama is fun for kids and adults. Come learn what 4-H has to offer in the outdoors! Sessions include orienteering, fire starting, shelter building, shooting sports, plant and track identification, hiking, and more.


When: Saturday, May 30 from 10 am - 3 pm

Where: Camp Rotary, 20505 29 Mile Rd., Ray Township

Who: 4-H members (ages 10-19), leaders, volunteers, and parents

Cost: $5 per participant (youth or adult), which includes lunch

Pre-registration is required. See flyer & registration form for more details.


Teen & Adult Volunteers Needed for 4-H Outdoorama

Teen and adult volunteers are needed for Outdoorama on May 30th. Help as group leaders, helpers for registration/check-in, servers for lunch, and much more! An orientation meeting for volunteers is Tuesday, April 14th at 6:30 pm at Camp Rotary during the Macomb County 4-H Outdoor Education & Recreation Program Committee meeting. Please contact the 4-H office at 586-469-6431 or Macomb.4h@macombgov.org to get on the volunteer list.


Students Producing Awesome Robust Communities (SPARC)

Did you know tourism is Michigan's 2nd largest industry? Are you interested in developing creative ideas that could become a booming business venture, attracting new customers and tourist to your community? Join other like-minded students (college and high school) for a high energy day to learn how to grow your idea so you can sell the Next Big Thing.  Get ready to create some S.P.A.R.C. in Flint on Saturday, April 18, 2015 , from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Genesee County Michigan State University Extension, 605 N. Saginaw, Suite 1-A, Flint, MI 48502. For more information and to register: http://events.anr.msu.edu/SPARC/



Plant Science on the Road

Plant Science On the Road will be held at Macomb County MSU Extension's new Thompson Center location, 11370 Hupp, Warren, from 10 a.m.-noon on May 2, 2015. Participants will:

  • Learn more about 4-H plant science projects
  • Learn how 4-H plant science enhances common core curriculum
  • Cloverbud activities (5-8 year olds)
  • Soil  science activities
  • Learn about available resources
  • Learn about plant and soil sciences careers

The cost for this workshop is $10 per person. Participants will each receive an activity kit with materials to use with their clubs/groups. Please register at http://msue.anr.msu.edu/events . Questions? Contact Macomb County MSU Extension at 586-469-6431 or Macomb.4h@macombgov.org.



Butterfly Network Seeks Volunteers

The Michigan Butterfly Network (MiBN) is a statewide butterfly monitoring program that uses volunteer monitors to assess the changing status of our State's butterfly species. We are supported by regional hubs, land managers, local experts, and enthusiasts. All levels of experience are welcome. Training is necessary to become a butterfly monitor. The Kalamazoo Nature Center or your closest regional hub will provide you with training on how to follow the protocol of the Michigan Butterfly Network. 


Training workshops are open to anyone, regardless of geographic region. See attached flyer for more information. 


The Michigan Butterfly Network is also seeking partner institutions to assist in the operation of a regional hub in Metro Detroit. Some of the key things that we need to operate are:

   -Monitoring sites


   -Professionals (such as land managers) that can introduce volunteers to monitoring sites or spend an hour or so helping a monitor establish a site.  Establishing a monitoring site only needs to be done once.  

   -Local leaders that can attend or co-facilitate training workshops. Leaders can be from partner institutions, retired professionals, or veteran  enthusiasts. 


Please visit michiganbutterfly.org for more information on training dates, how to get involved, and information on butterfly field trips planned for 2015. 


For more information contact Kyle Bibby - kbibby@naturecenter.org



4-H'ers Represent Macomb County at State 4-H Rabbit & Cavy Show

Snaps and kudos to Macomb County's 4-H rabbit project youth who participated in the 2015 State 4-H Rabbit and Cavy Show at Michigan State University on January 30:


Makayla Schramm, Pirates 4-H Club

Makanna Schramm, Pirates 4-H Club

Katelyn Barr, School Section 4-H Club

Nicole Barr, School Section 4-H Club

Courtney Barr, School Section 4-H Club

Cidnee Schramm, K-9 & Kompany 4-H Club

Megan Pollock, K-9 & Kompany 4-H Club


A total of 329 youth from 51 counties across Michigan participated in the competition. Cidnee Schramm earned Best of Breed, Best Opposite Sex, and Reserve In Show with her senior Californian doe, and Best of Breed with her Florida White.


Congratulations to all participants. A complete list of results and show information are available online at http://msue.anr.msu.edu/events/4_h_rabbit_and_cavy_show.



NEW! Supplemental Materials for Michigan 4-H Market Record Books

There are now supplemental materials for the Michigan 4-H Market Record Books!  You will find the three levels of books (Beginner Book, Intermediate Book, and Advanced Book) as well as the fourteen new supplements (also attached) online at:




These additional supplemental pages to the record book enhance the educational experience and demonstrate knowledge in other 4-H focus areas through the market animal project such as animal science, youth leadership development, critical thinking and decision making, safety, or career exploration. The following supplemental pages are available:


Save the Date: Michigan 4-H Day at Comerica Park - Friday, May 8th

Join fellow 4-H'ers from across Michigan as we watch the Detroit Tigers take on the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park, 2100 Woodward Ave, Detroit, on Friday, May 8th. Your admission includes a Detroit Tigers T-shirt which includes the 4-H Emblem. Game Day packages include ticket and shirt


Skyline Package - $18.00

Upper Box Infield Package = $31.00


For further information contact: Glenda Weiss weissgle@anr.msu.edu or 734-729-3632 Ext. 101



2015 4-H Renewable Energy Camp

Are you into science, natural resources, and renewable energy? Do you like to brainstorm ideas and conduct experiments? Do you like to have fun and meet other young people from around the State? If you are a teen, age 13 to 19 years old and are looking for something to do this summer and answered the questions with yes, then the 4-H Renewable Energy Camp is for you!

This five day, pre-college program held at Michigan State UniversityJuly 6-10, 2015, explores ideas, research and opportunities in the field of energy as they relate to natural resources and agriculture. Campers will be exposed to bio-fuels, solar and wind energy, and will select one of three tracks to focus on during camp.

While staying in a campus dorm, experiencing campus life and enjoying a mix of recreational opportunities and learning experiences, youth will:

  • Conduct their own experiments
  • Create their own bio-fuel
  • Meet the MSU Solar Racing Car Racing team
  • Touring a wind farm and commercial ethanol plant to see how alternative energy sources are created.
  • Interacting with leading scientists and engineers
  • Designing, building and testing a solar powered car
  • Touring the Michigan State University Breslin Center
  • Earn a digital badge for the knowledge they learn and apply at Renewable Energy Camp and within their track.

To apply for the camp, complete the 2015 4-H Renewable Energy Camp application packet and submit it by May 1 to Laura Potter-Niesen, 4-H Youth Development, 446 West Circle Drive, East Lansing, MI 48824. For more camp information and to download a registration form please visit http://4h.msue.msu.edu/events/4_h_renewable_energy_camp

The 2015 cost of the camp is $190.00 per registrant ($200.00 for youth who are not 4-H membes), which includes lodging, meals, field-trip transportation and materials.

For more information you can also contact 4-H staff in your local MSU Extension Office, or Insa Raymond, Renewable Energy Camp Coordinator, at raymon65@msu.edu, or at 517-439-9301.



2015 4-H & FFA Thumb Jackpot Beef Show

The 24th Annual 4-H & FFA Thumb Jackpot Beef Show is Saturday, April 25 in Armada. 4-H & FFA beef project members in Huron, Sanilac, Tuscola, Lapeer, St. Clair, Oakland, and Macomb counties are eligible to enter. The Family Night Social will take place on Friday night, April 24 from 5:30-8:00 pm. Please see the flyer for more information, rules, and the entry form. Entry fees are $20 per head and entries must be postmarked by Friday, April 10, 2015.



Norma Agnew Memorial 4-H Hairy Horse Show & EHV-1

As many of you are aware, on Saturday, March 21, a Michigan horse was euthanized as a result of infection with the neurological form of Equine Herpes Virus 1 (EHV-1).   This horse had predominantly participated in barrel racing events in southern Michigan.  Many of you are likely to get calls or questions from your 4-H Horse and Pony Project families in the coming days. 


While at this time, we only have one confirmed case in Michigan, EHV-1 is highly contagious, and one effective means of preventing the spread of the disease is to limit the exposure of horses to unfamiliar horses, or horses that have traveled, for a period of time. 


At this time, the State Veterinarian of Michigan is NOT suggesting that events should be canceled, however, given that we are in the early stages of this situation, we have made the difficult, and very conservative decision to cancel the Norma Agnew Memorial 4-H Hairy Horse Show scheduled for March 29, 2015 at the MSU Pavilion.


If you have stalls reserved for the Hairy Horse Show, we will provide one of the following options:


1) A full refund. 


2) The transfer of your stall reservations to the 4-H Pattern O Rama show scheduled forApril 25, 2015 at the MSU Pavilion. (Note: this event has a similar format to the Hairy Horse Show, but includes pattern classes only)


Please contact Carla McLachlan at 517-432-5402 or mclachl2@msu.edu if you have not already made arrangements regarding your stalls.


We will continue to monitor the situation going forward, and encourage others to do the same.  The following links will provide information on the status of EHV-1 in Michigan, as well as general information about the disease.  Should you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us.


Useful Links


What the Horse Owner Should Know About Equine Herpes Virus:http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/what_the_horse_owner_should_know_about_equine_herpes_virus_1


Michigan Equine News Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Michigan-Equine-News/207949322554205


Michigan Equine News Website




Karen L. Waite, Ph. D.                                    Taylor Fabus, M.S.

Equine Extension Specialist                        Equine Extension Visiting Instructor



Stock Show University to be held in Sandusky

Stock Show University's Grad Program is a FREE educational clinic open to all stock show youth, compliments of Sullivan Supply. This two-day clinic is hosted by Stock Show U Professors. The Michigan Grad Program will be held on May 9-10 in Sandusky. See flyers for more information.


Stock Show University Grad Program

Michigan Grad Program



4-H Tech Wizards Mentor Training

Join us for 4-H Mentor Training on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 9am - 5pm at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road., Bldg #41, Waterford, MI 48328.  In this fun, interactive training, participants are trained by 4-H mentoring staff using a research-based curriculum of interactive activities covering topics like Building Strong Mentoring Relationships, Setting Boundaries, Engaging in Positive Communication, Youth Development Principles, and Cultural Competency. 


Training is provided in order to give 4-H mentors the proper tools and skills to begin mentoring youth. This one-day training is available to those who have applied to be mentors and anyone interested in becoming a mentor in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties. If you are interested, please register at the following link:http://events.anr.msu.edu/event.cfm?folder=4HTechWizards0415 . Please register with a valid email address, so a 4-H Mentor application can be sent to you. This application will allow you admittance to the training, breakfast refreshments and lunch.


For information on 4-H Tech Wizards group mentoring in Macomb County, please contact Lisa Kelley at 248-858-1524 or lkelley@anr.msu.edu.



Free Pet Rabbits

Two rabbits, one is pure Lion Head, male and is all white with pink/purple eyes approx 1 year old and a Lion Head, Neatherland Dwarf Mix female about 1.5 years old.  They are great pets and litterbox trained. For more information contact: 586-850-3922 or email at cjourdan1964@gmail.com


Oakland County Jackpot Show

The 2015 Oakland County Jackpot Show is scheduled for Sunday, June 7, 2015 at the Oakland County Fairgrounds in Davisburg. This is a great opportunity to see old friends, make new friends and sharpen your skills for your county fair. This year the event will include a Livestock Judging Clinic and Contest. Livestock judging is the evaluation of an animal's characteristics and making a comparison to other animals and the ideal standard of that particular class. Youth will have the opportunity to learn by evaluating as a group two individuals. Then, the contest portion begins where youth will judge a class of four animals. Swine, sheep and goats will be part of the clinic and contest. For more information, contact Jenny McKay at oclivestockclub@aol.com


Macomb County 4-H Calendar of Events
County 4-H Events

April 1, 2015

4-H member enrollment deadline


April 2, 2015

2015 Armada Fair Planning Meeting

for Fair Liaisons, 4-H Superintendents and Youth Organization Volunteers

7 p.m., Armada Fair Office, Armada


April 9, 2015

Macomb County 4-H Youth Council Meeting (Admin.)


April 11, 2015

Tech Wizards Mentor Training

9 a.m.-5 p.m., Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, Waterford


April 14, 2015

Macomb County 4-H Outdoorama Volunteer Training

6:30 p.m., Camp Rotary, Ray Township


April 14, 2015

Macomb County 4-H Outdoor Education & Recreation Program Committee Meeting


April 18, 2015

Students Producing Awesome Robust Communities (SPARC)

10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Genesee County MSU Extension, Flint


April 22-May 3, 2015

Tractor Supply Company (TSC) Paper Clover Fundraiser 


April 25, 2015

4-H & FFA Thumb Jackpot Beef Show



April 27, 2015

Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Committee Meeting

Camp Rotary, Ray Township


April 28, 2015

Last day to register for 4-H Exploration Days & apply for event scholarships


May 2, 2015

Plant Science on the Road

10 a.m.-noon, Thompson Center, Warren


May 4, 2015

Build Your Future Curriculum Training 

9 a.m.-1 p.m., Max Thompson Community Center, Warren

May 4, 2015
Last day to cancel out of 4-H Exploration Days (by 5 p.m.) and receive a full refund

May 8, 2015
Michigan 4-H Day at Comerica Park


May 14, 2015

Macomb County 4-H Youth Council Meeting


May 26, 2015

Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Committee Meeting

Camp Rotary, Ray Township


May 31, 2015

Armada Fair Cleanup

10 a.m.-noon, Armada Fairgrounds


June 1, 2015

4-H Exploration Days Orientation

6:30 p.m., Macomb County MSU Extension, Clinton Township


June 1-30, 2015

Armada Fair entries accepted from club leaders

Armada Fair Office, Armada


June 2, 2015

PQA Training

6-7 p.m., Armada Fair Grange Hall, Armada


June 7, 2015

Swine, Goat, Lamb & Prospect Beef Tagging

10 a.m.-noon, Armada Fairgrounds, Armada


July 19, 2015

Rabbit & Poultry Tagging

10 a.m.-noon, Armada Fairgrounds, Armada


Statewide 4-H Calendar of Events

4-H Events

May 4

Build Your Future Curriculum Training 

Max Thompson Community Center, Warren


May 6-8

2015 Michigan Envirothon State Competition 

Fort Custer, Augusta


May 15-16

Wilderness First Aid, 4-H Outdoor Adventure Challenge Class (Contact Nick Baumgart)

Bay College, Escanaba


May 16

Michigan 4-H State Poultry Show (formerly 4-H Poultry Palooza)

Eaton County Fairgrounds, Charlotte


May 16-17

May 15-16: Wilderness First Aid, 4-H Outdoor Adventure Challenge Class (Contact Nick Baumgart)

Otsego County MSU Extension Office, Gaylord


May 28

Skill Building for Youth Workers: Youth Development and Communication 

MSU Federal Credit Union, East Lansing


May 30-31

Michigan 4-H Companion Animal Camp 

Camp Tuhsmeheta


June 6

4-H Rabbit and Cavy Expo 

Anthony Hall, MSU, East Lansing


June 13-14

Wilderness First Aid, 4-H Outdoor Adventure Challenge Class (Contact Nick Baumgart)

Camp Tuhsmeheta, Greenville


June 13-20

Citizenship Washington Focus 

National 4-H Center, Chevy Chase, Maryland


June 15

Keep Your Head When You Win and Your Heart When You Lose: Teaching Sportsmanship in Animal Science 

Your Computer


June 15-19

4-H Animal and Veterinary Science Camp 

MSU, East Lansing 


June 17-18

MMPA/4-H Milk Marketing Tour (Contact Melissa Elischer)



June 19-21

State 4-H Trail Ride (Contact Taylor Fabus)

Whiskey Creek Campground, Custer


June 21-26

National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational

Heartland Public Shooting Park, Grand Island, NE


June 24-26

4-H Exploration Days

MSU, East Lansing


June 27

State 4-H Goat Show (Contact Katie Ockert)

MSU Pavilion, East Lansing 



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