County 4-H News
4-H Youth Council Meeting & Project Palooza
The Macomb County 4-H Youth Council will be sending out invitations to club leaders in the next two weeks inviting you & your club to our May Meeting & 4-H Project Palooza on Thursday, May 14 at 6:30 at Camp Rotary. We ask that you & your club select your favorite or primary project area & a skill or small project your youth would like to demonstrate to the community. We ask that you & your club arrive at6:00 for setup. We'll hold a brief Youth Council meeting at 6:30, followed by socializing, snacks & project demonstrations at 6:45. Each club will be responsible for providing any materials they need for the evening; tables & chairs will be available in the room. We will be asking for RSVPs to estimate snacks required, as well as coverage of project areas & number of tables required for setup.
The Youth Council is also soliciting fundraiser ideas from the community! These ideas can be separate from the Armada Fair (year-long), and we encourage ideas that will let all of our project areas & clubs collaborate. You may submit ideas at any Youth Council meeting. Funds from the Youth Council are available as scholarships to all county youth who wish to attend Expo Days.
Horse Committee to Meet May 18th
The Macomb County 4-H Horse Committee will be holding a May meeting on Monday, May 18 at 6:30 at Camp Rotary. This will be our last regularly-scheduled meeting prior to this year's show season. Good luck to all of our project participants: miniature horses, draft horses, & light horses!
The Horse Committee will conduct our annual Camp Rotary grounds clean-up the week of
May 4-10, concluding with reconstruction of the announcer's stand face & signage
on Saturday &
- Horse clubs can work in the arenas any day during the clean-up week; please remember to sign in on the clipboard in the announcer's stand/registration booth. Please come prepared with buckets, hand trowels, gloves, & rakes. The arenas can always use weeding along the fence lines, as well as rock removal into the woods.
- On Saturday, May 9 & Sunday, May 10, please come prepared with gloves, hammers, screwdrivers, & paint brushes. We will reface the announcer's stand, then stain the wood & rehang the signage.
Submitted by Michelle Porter, 4-H Volunteer
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
New Haven Tractor Supply
57155 Gratiot Avenue
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.
Macomb County 4-H Staff
District 11 Coordinator
4-H Extension Educator
Americorps, 4-H Tech Wizards
4-H Program Coordinator
4-H Extension Educator
4-H Tech Wizards
4-H Tech Wizards
4-H Program Coordinator
Computer Maintenance Clerk
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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.
Youth PQA Plus Training
Youth Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) Plus is the food safety, antibiotic use, and animal well-being awareness and education program for youth pork producers ages 8-19. A Youth PQA Plus training is being offered on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 from 6-7 p.m. at Grange Hall on the Armada Fairgrounds. Please note that exhibitors showing swine at the Armada Fair may be PQA certified. This certification is not mandatory to show at the fair; it is optional. To register for this free training, call 586-469-6431 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, May 29, 2015.
Armada Fair Updates
- 2015 Theme "Oh the Thinks You Can Think When You Think of 4-H"
- Club Leader Meeting April 30, 2015 at 7 p.m. at MSU Extension, Assembly Rooms A and B, 21885 Dunham Road, Clinton Township
- Looking for superintendents for Photography, Cloverbud, all livestock areas except Swine, all horses except Mini-Horse, and Exhibit Barn
- 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, brooms, garden gloves, etc.
- Top 4-H'er applications are due by July 1, 2015. Top 4-H'er will have only two levels this year, Senior and Intermediate.
- 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 10 a.m. to Noon
- Rabbit and Poultry tagging is July 19th from 10 a.m. to Noon.
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 email@example.com or 734-729-3632 Ext. 101.
Exploration Days Reminders
Orientation: 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 will be identified by ages and interests. Accommodations will be made for various medical conditions. 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. Balance payments should be made on or before June 1st.
Scholarships: Scholarships will be determined by mid-May. Balance information sent out will show scholarship awards.
Cancellations: Cancellations do happen. Deposits are fully refundable until 5 p.m. on May 4, 2015. See page 3 of the 4-H Exploration Days booklet for more information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 586-469-6093.
Resumes Made Easy!
High school students, college students and other job seekers are welcome to attend Resumes Made Easy! at the Center Line Library, 7345 Weingartz, Center Line, on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, from 5-6:30 p.m. Learn how to build a resume from your classes, activities and skills even if you have limited paid work experience. Get a step-by-step guide for creating an effective resume that will highlight skills employers are looking for and will get you noticed. Bring your current resume and get ready for a makeover and discover which resume format is your best fit. This workshop is FREE. Call the Center Line Library at 586-758-8274 or register online at centerline.gov/library under "Programs." For more information, contact Kathy Jamieson at 586-469-6093 or email@example.com.
Wanted: Home for Chicks
Two kindergarten classrooms have been hatching chicks at Poupard and Mason Elementary Schools in the Grosse Pointe Public School system for the last 10 years. This year, the school has lost a home for its chicks. The fertilized eggs come from Uncle Luke's and Wolcott Farm. The classrooms will begin incubating on May 12 with the hatch occurring around June 2. This is a wonderful experience for the students and their families. Typically, the classrooms successfully hatch between five and 20 chicks. If you can help by providing a home for the chicks this year, please call Deb Kraft at 313-886-6139 or
586-918-0117 (cell), or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
County 4-H Calendar of Events
April 22-May 3, 2015
Tractor Supply Company 4-H Paper Clover Fundraiser
Romeo and New Haven TSC locations
Fair Leader Meet
6:30 p.m. Superintendents/7 p.m. Leaders
MSU Extension - Assembly Rooms A & B, Clinton Township
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
6:30 p.m., Camp Rotary, Ray Township
May 18, 2015
Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Committee Meeting
Camp Rotary, Ray Township
May 20, 2015
Resumes Made Easy!
5-6:30 p.m., Center Line Library
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
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 11, 2015
Macomb County 4-H Youth Council Meeting (Admin.)
July 1, 2015
Top 4-H'er applications due
Rabbit & Poultry Tagging 10 a.m.-noon, Armada Fairgrounds, Armada
Statewide 4-H News
2015 National 4-H Congress: Excite, Spark Ignite!
National 4-H Congress is the flagship event of the 4-H program. It is a five-day educational gathering that brings together outstanding 4-H members from across the nation to share ideas and experiences. For more than 90 years, youth from the United States and its territories have participated in this youth leadership-development conference. Congress provides youth with high-quality educational, leadership, community-service and cultural opportunities such as:
- Workshops with topics that include leadership development, character education, agriculture, cultural awareness and diversity education, workforce preparation, environmental stewardship, science and technology, literacy- and communication-skills development.
- Assemblies, seminars, and discussion groups about issues facing our country today and a town hall meeting they moderate where they share the results of those discussions.
- Hands-on projects during a community-service day, at which they learn to work with others to assist individuals and community organizations to improve themselves.
- Networking skills to help them in their after-conference work to address youth needs in their community and state.
In short, Congress is designed to address youth needs and issues, while helping to develop capable, competent and caring citizens.
Who:Congress is designed for youth aged 15 to 19.
When: November 27 - December 1, 2015
Where: Hyatt Regency, Atlanta, Georgia
In Michigan, counties identify their delegates and the State 4-H Office provides coordination for the trip. Therefore, interested Michigan 4-H members should contact 4-H staff in their local MSU Extension office. While there is no limit to the number of participants counties can send, young people are strongly encouraged to attend only once since each year's program is similar.
The 2015 cost (that includes airfare, registration fee, lodging, snacks, most meals, two shirts and a photograph) is approximately $1,300 per young person.
Ways to find out more about National 4-H Congress include:
How Does Your Garden Grow?
Gardens can be a great way for youth and adults to connect with nature and enjoy some quality time together. A garden can be in a pot, on a patio, in a square foot or a good-sized plot. You can grow herbs, vegetables, flowers or a mixture of it all. There is no one way to grow a garden, but a variety of plants to enjoy and methods can lead to fun, colorful results that taste great.
Have questions? Contact the MSU Extension Lawn and Garden Hotline at 888-MSUE-4MI (888-678-3464). The phone line is answered weekdays between 9 am and noon and 1 to 4 pm. Calls during other times will be directed to the Ask an Expert feature .
Learn by Doing
In 4-H, we learn by doing. We help young people gain skills through hands-on experiences that allow them to perform an activity; then we follow that up with important and purposeful questions. This is called experiential learning. Participants:
- Experience the activity
- Share the results
- Process by discussing
- Generalize to understand how it connects to the real world
- Apply what they learned to other situations.
When 4-H volunteers use this model, everyone benefits from the exchange of ideas, and everyone grows in knowledge and the ability to apply what was learned in other settings.
State 4-H Dog Show
The registration materials for the 2015 State 4-H Dog Show are now available online at http://4h.msue.msu.edu/events/event/state_4_h_dog_show1 . The event will be held on August 15, 2015. Classes include showmanship, obedience, rally, team/brace, leader/service dogs, agility, freestyle, and poster/photo. Register through the county Extension office by 5 p.m. on July 6th.
Statewide 4-H Calendar of Events
4-H S.M.O.R.E.S. Conference
Camp Tuhsmeheta, Greenville
Wilderness First Aid, 4-H Outdoor Adventure Challenge Class (Contact Nick Baumgart)
Camp Tuhsmeheta, Greenville