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April 16, 2015   
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 Thank You to our 4-H Volunteers!

April 12-18 is National Volunteer Week. Volunteers are vital to 4-H. These volunteers serve in a number of capacities: some choose to help at fair, teach a workshop or lead a club, while others chaperone an event, lend their professional skills, or serve as a mentor. No matter how these volunteers serve, they generously share their time and talents with young people in our community. From the 4-H staff, thank you to our volunteers! 



TSC Paper Clover

The Tractor Supply Company (TSC) Spring Paper Clover fundraising campaign is April 22-May 3. Support Macomb County 4-H by purchasing a paper clover for $1 or by promoting 4-H at one of the Macomb County TSC locations:


Romeo Tractor Supply
66030 Van Dyke
Washington Township
(586) 752-5781
New Haven Tractor Supply
57155 Gratiot Avenue
New Haven
(586) 749-6162


All funds raised at these locations will be donated to 4-H. At least 60 percent of Paper Clover funds collected in Macomb County will support 4-H youth development program activities in Macomb County. Up to 10 percent goes to the State 4-H office, and the remaining 30 percent goes to National 4-H. Macomb County was among the top ten counties in Michigan for the Fall TSC fundraiser. The fall campaign netted over $700 for Macomb County 4-H, and Macomb County was among the top five counties in Michigan last year for Paper Clover sales.


We are fortunate to have two TSC stores in our county. MSU Extension staff has been setting up 4-H displays at each store. While there, staff witnessed how dedicated the store employees are in promoting and selling paper clovers on behalf of Macomb County 4-H. Both stores are inviting any and all 4-H club members to contact store managers and arrange for a time to visit the stores. Youth can volunteer to assist at the stores, display their projects and pets or hold some type of fundraiser. 


Hooray for School Section 4-H Club! The club will be hosting a fundraiser on April 25th at Tractor Supply. Any 4-Hers who participate in an event at their local TSC store during the Spring 2015 Paper Clover Fundraiser qualify to enter the Paper Clover Sweepstakes. Winning clubs will receive a $100 TSC gift card for the club, a $100 4-H Mall gift card for the club, or a $15 TSC gift card for each member who actively participated in the TSC Paper Clover event and is listed on the winning entry form. See http://www.tractorsupply.com/content_landing-page_4H for more information.



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 this year's scholarship is $40. Apply by the county 4-H Exploration Days registration deadline (April 28th) for consideration.


2) We still have MSU Extension 4-H Exploration Days scholarships available to youth members and non-members. 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 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

4-H 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.


Armada Fair Updates

  • 2015 Theme "Oh the Thinks You Can Think When You Think of 4-H"
  • 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.
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 and registration form for more details.


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 April 25th for ages 5-12 or May 2, 2015 for ages 12-adult. 


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.



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.


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



Septic Systems: Insight Into Your Onsite System  Webinar
Approximately 43% of Michigan residents rely on onsite wastewater (septic) systems to handle waste water from their homes and businesses. That's over 1.2 million septic systems in use in Michigan today and it's estimated that at least 10% of these are in some level of failure.


MSU Extension is hosting a live webinar, "Septic Systems: Insight Into Your Onsite System" on Monday, April 20 from 1:30 to 3:30 P.M. This program will cover what a septic system is, how it works, best management practices to protect the system and human health, how to identify trouble in the system and steps to take if a problem occurs.


The live webinar will include presentations by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and  Macomb County Health Department Sanitarian Supervisor with 29 years of septic and well experience.  The presentations will be followed by a live question and answer session via the chat box. 

To join this FREE webinar, you must pre-register at http://events.anr.msu.edu/septicinsight/ . You will receive a confirmation email upon registration and log in instruction at least 48 hours prior to the webinar.

Deadline to register is Friday, April 17, 2015.  After that date, please contact Maureen at 586-469-6440 for information on late registration. 



4-H Animal and Veterinary Science Camp
The Michigan 4-H Animal and Veterinary Science Camp is a five-day pre-college program held at Michigan State University (MSU) in partnership with the MI 4-H Youth Development, MSU Department of Animal Science, and MSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Youth will explore fields relating to animal and veterinary medicine as well as participate in numerous hands-on learning activities. Participants also gain animal handling experience while having the opportunity to visit and explore MSU farms and facilities. Throughout the week, youth work their way through a veterinary science case study as a team and create a presentation to be critiqued by veterinarians. This is a fun and interactive camp that will allow youth to conduct activities, ask questions and problem-solve. Additionally, this camp will help youth explore various animal related career fields while also reflecting on their experiences and community programs.  Michigan 4-H Animal and Veterinary Science Camp will be held June 15-19, 2015 on the campus of Michigan State University is for youth ages 13 to 16 years of age (as of January 1, 2015).  For more information and to download the application, visit http://4h.msue.msu.edu/events/4-h_animal_and_veterinary_science_camp.  Space is limited! Campers will be selected on the basis of their applications.  Send your application to Julie Thelen at MSU Extension by April 17.



MSU Science Festival Detroit Day

Discover the science of our everyday lives! MSU Science Festival Detroit Day is Sunday, April 19 from 

1-6 p.m. Locations include: Charles Wright Museum of African American History, The Scarab Club, and the Michigan Science Center. The MSU Science Festival offers fun, hands-on, and educational exhibits, presentations, and activities. Free entry for specific times with festival flyer. See a list of the scheduled events and the flyer at: http://sciencefestival.msu.edu/about/featured-events/msu-science-festival-detroit-day.



4-H Explore Educational Expo in Traverse City

The 4-H Explore Educational Expo will be held Saturday-Sunday, May 2-3 at the Northwestern Michigan Fairgrounds in Traverse City. Camping is available, as well as some discounted room rates at a local hotel. Bring your 4-H'ers to learn with species specific speakers on nutrition, showmanship and more. Explore topics such as judging, marketing, PQA training, quiz bowl/jeopardy, and round table discussions. See the registration packet and schedule for more information. Registration ends on April 22.



Global Youth Service Day is April 17-19

Did you know that Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) is the weekend of April 17-19? GYSD is an annual campaign, hosted by Youth Service America, which celebrates and mobilizes millions of youth around the world to improve their communities through service. Is your club participating in a service project? Tell us about it! Send your community service activities, including pictures of members in action, to macomb.4h@macombgov.org. We'd love to highlight clubs who are living the 4-H pledge by using their "hands to larger service...".



SMORES Registration is Now Open
The Van Buren Voyagers 4-H Outdoor Club is pleased to sponsor the first SMORES Conference at Camp Tuhsmeheta, Greenville, Michigan from Friday, June 12 to Sunday, June 14, 2015.  This is a 4-H event open only to 4-H families, leaders, members, and chaperones.  Members from Michigan 4-H clubs will participate in several workshops throughout the weekend, learning skills ranging from outdoor cooking to bird identification.  Please visit our new website to download registration forms and see session descriptions, S.M.O.R.E.S. - June 12-14, 2015. Participants may bring the entire family for the weekend, but children younger than 5 may not attend daily workshops and must be accompanied by parents at all times. Cost is $20 per participant. Deadline to register is May 26. For more information, contact Denise Noble, Van Buren Voyagers Secretary, at 269-303-5407 or  nobledenise@rocketmail.com.





Free Rooster
A free rooster is available to a good home. The rooster is in the 24 Mile and Hayes area.  He is a pet.  Please contact cjludwig@comcast.net if interested.


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. 


Club Leader Meeting - April 20
THERE WILL BE A CLUB LEADER MEETING AT 7 P.M. ON APRIL  20, 2015 AT CAMP ROTARY The address is 20505 29 Mile Road, Ray Township. The main topic will be the 2015 Armada Fair. Please make sure that someone from your club will be there.


Food Preservation for Youth

The history of home food preservation dates back to the origins of humankind. Knowledge and skills of home food preservation are passed from family members and communities from one generation to the next. Yet the industrialization of agriculture and manufacturing lessened the need for preparing and preserving food at home. High-fat, calorie-dense foods became widely available and affordable, and simultaneously age-old lessons were not experientially handed down to much of the modern youth population. Disconnected from sources of fruits, vegetables, and other nutrient-rich, low-fat foods, many children do not know where food comes from and regularly consume less healthy foods. Fortunately, gardens still grow and food preservation procedures are still here, ready to be learned.


MSU Extension offers food presevation workshops that teach up to date food preservation skills and techniques. Please join us at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 19th, at St. Francis/Maximillian Church, 10506 29 Mile Road, Ray Township. The cost is $5 per person.


Former 4-H Agent Marie Remer

Marie Remer, a former MSU Extension 4-H Agent, has passed away. Please see the obituary online at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/macombdaily/obituary.aspx?n=marie-w-remer&pid=174624950&fhid=11409

for more information. 


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

April 17-19, 2015

Global Youth Service Day


April 18, 2015

Students Producing Awesome Robust Communities (SPARC)

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


April 19, 2015

Food Preservation for Youth

1 p.m., St. Maximillian Church, Ray Township


April 19, 2015

MSU Science Festival Detroit Day

1-6 p.m., Detroit


April 20, 2015

4-H Club Leader Meeting

7 p.m., Camp Rotary, Ray Township


April 22-May 3, 2015

Tractor Supply Company (TSC) Paper Clover Fundraiser 


April 25, 2015

4-H & FFA Thumb Jackpot Beef Show



April 25, 2015

Plant Science on the Road (Ages 5-12)

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


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 30, 2015

Macomb County 4-H Outdoorama

10 a.m.-3 p.m., 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


June 7, 2015

Oakland County Jackpot Show

Oakland County Fairgrounds, Davisburg


June 12, 2015

4-H SMORES Conference

Camp Tuhsmeheta, Greenville


July 19, 2015

Rabbit & Poultry Tagging

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


Statewide 4-H News
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