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April 29, 2015   
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 &  Sunday.
  • 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
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. 

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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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 macomb.4h@macombgov.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 weissgle@anr.msu.edu 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 jamies13@anr.msu.edu  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 jamies13@anr.msu.edu


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 deb.kraft@gpschools.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


April 30, 2015

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

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 11, 2015

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

July 1, 2015

Top 4-H'er applications due


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 Workshops

June 12-14

4-H S.M.O.R.E.S. Conference 

Camp Tuhsmeheta, Greenville


June 13-14

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

Camp Tuhsmeheta, Greenville

Other 4-H Events

June 6

4-H Rabbit and Cavy Expo  

Anthony Hall, MSU, East Lansing

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 

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 

MSU Pavilion, East Lansing


July 6-10

4-H Renewable Energy Camp  

MSU Campus, East Lansing


July 16

Michigan 4-H/FFA Livestock Judging Contest

MSU Pavilion, East Lansing


July 17-19

4-H Mentoring Weekend

Kettunen Center, Tustin


July 20-24

Michigan Dairy Expo and 4-H Dairy Days (Contact  Melissa Elischer)  

MSU Pavilion, East Lansing 


July 24

Michigan 4-H Meat Judging Contest

Anthony Hall, MSU, East Lansing


July 27-August 2

North American Envirothon 

Missouri State University, Springfield


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