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December 18, 2015   
Macomb County 4-H News
County Awards: Bigger and Better Than Ever! 
The 2015 4-H Macomb County Awards took place on Sunday, December 13th at MSU Extension in Clinton Township. The event was very well attended by youth and adult volunteers with their families and friends to be recognized for their extraordinary achievements in 4-H this last program year. 

The awardees came from a wide variety of clubs: A Little Tacky, Clinton Valley, Fantastic Felines, K-9 & Kompany, Pirates 4-H Club, Ray Community, School Section, Sharper Focus, Unleashed, 4-H Tech Wizards, and the 4-H Mentoring Program. 

Here's what was said about some of the award nominees:

Jim Jerse, 4-H Leader of the Year:
"To coin a phrase, Jim is one of those people who chop wood and carry water with a happy heart. Jim works tirelessly in many leadership roles for Macomb County 4-H. He is active in his own 4-H club, K-9 and Kompany. He is a key volunteer, has been a Fair Superintendent for many years, and attends a multitude of meetings and events. He has worked very hard in helping the Macomb County 4-H Youth Council as an adult advisor, and is point person for its Recognition Subcommittee. Thank you, Jim!"

Manraj Singh, Achievement Award recipient:

"For his part in representing Macomb County 4-H at this historical event Manraj Singh, 4-H Tech Wizards member is receiving the 2015  Achievement Award. The Achievement Award recognizes project accomplishments, leadership skills and outstanding character. Applicants should demonstrate a broad knowledge of 4-H projects and participation in a wide range of 4-H activities at the cub, county, state and national levels. They  
should also demonstrate personal growth by setting goals and making decisions.  Citizenship Washington Focus  (CWF) is a learning lab about our national government in Washington D.C. for young people between the ages of 14 and 19. Held at the  National 4-H Youth Conference   Center  in Chevy Chase, Maryland, these week-long sessions run with the help of college aged program assistants throughout June and July. Program assistants go through intensive training about the national government and the Washington D.C. sites. At the end of training, they actually become licensed tour guides for the D.C. area. They work with each of the delegation's coordinators to provide the most meaningful experience for CWF delegates."  

Appreciation Awards:
Elizabeth Karam-Burk (Ray Community), Aliza Palmer, and Asha and Antoine Stevens (Sharper Focus) earned appreciation awards "for their hard work and dedication to the 4-H summer camps held at Thompson Community Center in Warren."

Youth volunteers Asha Stevens and Antoine Stevens of Sharper Focus 4-H Club, and Elizabeth Karam-Burk of Ray Community 4-H Club were recognized for their work with the Macomb County 4-H Summer Camp in Warren. To their left is Elizabeth Duran, 4-H Program Coordinator.

Clear the Hurdle Award:
"Fair is always a crazy week for everyone, no matter what the circumstances. During the entire stressful week, we rely on our leaders to keep us on track and where we need to be.  However, one club's project area didn't have a leader to fall back on this year. When Ms. Penny Tibbits was injured just before fair week, many teen leaders and experienced members of the School Section 4-H Club's rabbit project group stepped forward and picked up the slack, keeping things running. "

Congratulations to the 2014-15 Macomb County 4-H Awards recipients:

Project Awards
4-H Club/Group
Haley Aguinaga Pirates Food & Nutrition - Food Preservation
Haley Aguinaga Pirates Industrial Arts - Nail & String Art
Margaret Bohm Pirates Woodworking
Cade Bollaert Clinton Valley Horse & Pony - Miniature Horses
Mya Brown Pirates Rabbits
Marisa Cohen Fantastic Felines Expressive Arts
Maxwell Williams Pirates Horse & Pony - Lightweights
Timothy Williams Pirates Birds & Poultry - Ducks

School Section 4-H Club's rabbit project members received the 4-H Clear the Hurdle 
Award. Pictured from left to right: Penny Tibbits, Becki Brice, Angela Hulway, Andrea 
Jones, Liam Bradford, Vanessa Vice, Julia Vice, Shianne Girten, Sarah Prohaszka, 
Heather Prohaszka. (Not pictured: Katie Barr, Audrey Jones).

Special Awards - Individual
4-H Club/Group
Katie Barr School Section Clear the Hurdle
Margaret Bohm
Pirates Leadership
Liam Bradford School Section Clear the Hurdle
Shianne Girten School Section Clear the Hurdle
Angela Hulway School Section Clear the Hurdle
Andrea Jones School Section Clear the Hurdle
Audrey Jones School Section Clear the Hurdle
Elizabeth Karam-Burk Ray Community Appreciation
Aliza Palmer 4-H Summer Camp Appreciation
Heather Prohaszka School Section Clear the Hurdle
Sarah Prohaszka School Section Clear the Hurdle
Manraj Singh Tech Wizards Achievement
Antoine Stevens 4-H Summer Camp Appreciation
Asha Stevens 4-H Summer Camp Appreciation
Julia Vice School Section Clear the Hurdle
Vanessa Vice School Section Clear the Hurdle

Special Awards - Club

Pictured from left to right: Pirates 4-H Club members Maxwell Williams, Michael 
Messina, Timothy Williams, Haley Aguinaga, Mya Brown, Maggie Bohm and leader, 
Chris Williams.

Club Community Service Award: Pirates 4-H Club
(Haley Aguinaga, Margaret Bohm, Mya Brown, Olivia Brown, Katherine Emerson, Lily Kosal, Vivien Kosal, Melanie Meabrod, Michael Messina, Emma Pitcel, Makanna Schramm, Makayla Scharmm, Riley Simmonds, Jessica Walkowski, Maxwell Williams, Timothy Williams)

Adult Awards
4-H Club/Group
Jim Jerse K-9 & Kompany 4-H Leader of the Year
Jen Prouty Unleashed 4-H Volunteer of the Year
Byron Simmons Mentoring 4-H Mentor of the Year

Friend of 4-H
4-H Club/Group
Anita Cipa A Little Tacky Cipa Foundation

Special thanks to those who helped put together the event: 

Maggie Bohm, President
Macomb County 4-H Youth Council

Mya Brown, Vice President
Macomb County 4-H Youth Council

Jim Jerse, Adult Advisor
Macomb County 4-H Youth Council

Cindy Bohm, Adult Advisor
Macomb County 4-H Youth Council

Elizabeth Duran, 4-H Program Coordinator
Macomb County MSU Extension

Elizabeth Karam-Burk, 4-H Member
Ray Community 4-H Club

Mya Brown, Council Vice President (left),  and Maggie Bohm, Council President

Maggie Bohm, Macomb County 4-H Youth Council and Pirates 4-H Club
Mya Brown, Macomb County 4-H Youth Council and Pirates 4-H Club
Shianne Girten, School Section 4-H Club
Elizabeth Karam-Burk, Ray Community 4-H Club
Jim Jerse, Macomb Co. 4-H Youth Council and K-9 & Kompany 4-H Club

We hope to see even more of you next year!

Article information contributed by: Maggie Bohm, 4-H Member
                                                      Cindy Bohm, 4-H Volunteer
                                                      Elizabeth Duran, 4-H Program Coordinator

Photos submitted by Cindy Bohm, 4-H Volunteer
Macomb County 4-H Staff
Richard Wooten
District 11 Coordinator
4-H Extension Educator
4-H Mentor Program Coordinator
4-H Program Coordinator
4-H Extension Educator
Program Coordinator, 
4-H Tech Wizards
Computer Maintenance Clerk
Web Site:
MSU Extension
21885 Dunham Road, Ste. 12
Clinton Township, MI 48036
Phone: (586) 469-6431
MSU Extension
11370 Hupp
Warren, MI 48089
Phone: (586) 469-7614

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Life Lessons  from 
a Horse,  of Course
"I have learned that with riding horses it is not at all about the ribbons and awards. 
It's about being, being present. It's about communication and patience.  Too many times you hear riders blaming the horse for whatever went wrong. 
Riding is about partnership, and riders need to ask themselves, "Did I do something to contribute to cause the problem? And secondly, how did I react to the situation? I would enjoy receiving awards of outstanding, but better than that, I just want to be able to smile when I ride, no matter what happens. If you end the ride in the saddle then you've had a great ride!"
Maxwell Williams, 
Pirates 4-H Club member and 2015 4-H Lightweight Horse Project Award recipient
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MSUE Survey Needs Macomb County Response!
Have YOU taken the MSU Extension Issues ID Survey? Your responses will help MSU Extension identify the areas that are important to Michigan residents and determine future MSU Extension programming. Response from Macomb County residents is needed! Make sure your voice is heard. Take the survey online now through January 31, 2016! 

Haga clic aquí para realizar la encuesta en español!

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TSC Paper Clover Results are in!
The Fall 2015 Tractor Supply 4-H Paper Clover Fundraiser results are in! Almost $894,000 was raised for 4-H nationally from Oct. 7-18, 2015. Michigan raised a total of $31,935 to support 4-H which ranked fifth in the nation! Of the total, $20,758 will be distributed to counties, $1,597 for state  4-H support and $9,581 to National 4-H Council for underwriting the campaign.
The top five counties in Michigan were St. Joseph, Livingston, Lapeer, Genessee and St. Clair. The top five stores were in Sturgis, Howell, Coldwater, Imlay City and Marysville. Special thanks go out to the TSC stores in New Haven and Romeo for their generosity and cooperation with the 4-H Youth Development program throughout the year. The New Haven TSC had a total of $286 in 4-H Paper Clover sales, while the Romeo store had $492. Please mark your calendars for the spring TSC  4-H Paper Clover Fundraiser: April 13-24, 2016.

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Growing Your Plants Successfully from Seed - January 11th
Growing Plants Successfully From Seed, with Advanced Master Gardener Karen Burke, will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on January 11, 2016 at Macomb County MSU Extension, 21885 Dunham Road, Clinton Township.  Learn the dos and don'ts of starting your garden indoors, including when and how to start seeds, how and when to water, when to fertilize, and what to look out for. Know what supplies you need, and how to care for your seed starting equipment. The program is free to Macomb County Master Gardener Association members, $5 for all others.
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Gardening with Kids - February 11th
Join Advanced Master Gardener, Anne Crotser, for "Gardening with Kids" on Thursday, February 11th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Macomb County MSU Extension, 21885 Dunham Road, Clinton Township. Crotser will show program participants how to teach gardening to the kids in our lives. Topics will include plant parts and functions, plant needs, bugs, worms, and other "icky" things,  plant uses, games and crafts. Get tips on garden design and how to adapt less
ons for readers and pre-readers. This program is free to Macomb County Master Gardener Association members and $5 for others. Register by February 8 to receive a packet of handouts. Participants wishing to remain after class and make a kid-friendly watering can should bring a clean, empty laundry detergent container and a pair of scissors. Call 586-469-6440 for more information or to register.
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4-H Tech Wizards Walk 
in  Mount Clemens Santa Claus Parade

Ian, Dasani, Stephanie and Dazari from the Mt. Clemens 4-H Tech Wizards Group proudly carried the Axalta sponsorship banner in the Mt. Clemens Santa Parade held in downtown Mt. Clemens on Saturday, November 21, 2015. Three 4-H Tech Wizards mentors are employed at Axalta and work with their mentees at Mt. Clemens each week. For information on the 4-H Tech Wizards program in Macomb County, please contact Lisa Kelley at  lkelley@anr.msu.edu or  248-858-1524.

The 4-H Tech Wizards youth were also welcomed to 
the Mount Clemens Volunteer Breakfast by Mayor Barb Dempsey and Radio Personality and Grand Marshall 
Jay Towers.

Youth Livestock Sale Information
Armada Fair Youth Livestock Sale Participation Forms are due to the Armada Fair Office by the 2nd Friday in January. 
Please note the new form, online at http://www.armadafair.org/livestock-sale.html.

All livestock must meet all health requirements as set up by the Armada Fair Board and the Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) Fair, Racind and Exhibition Division. For more information on this year's requirement, contact your 4-H or FFA leader, Superintendent, review the MDA website at http://www.michigan.gov./mda or contact MDA at 

All youth must be between the ages of 9-19 (age as of January 1) to sell their animals in the Livestock Silent Auction or show competitively at the Armada Fair. It is expected that youth who participate in classes at the Armada Fair participate in setting up, cleaning up and monitoring barns where the youth have projects on exhibit. Contact the appropriate superintendent for dates and times.

All youth need to have their market animals tagged on the required dates. All male market livestock must be castrated prior to tagging - no exceptions. Tagging takes place for all species at the Armada Fairgrounds. In the event an ear tag comes out, the owner must call the president or vice president of the Livestock Sale Subcommittee immediately to schedule a re-tag. Animals arriving at the fairgrounds without a tag will be rejected. All youth who plan on selling their livestock projects at the 2016 Armada Fair must return the completed form to Livestock Sale Committee Secretary by the due date of the second Friday in January. Contact Larry Brice, President, at 586-557-4065. 
Mail or drop forms off at the Armada Fair Office, 
74280 Fair Street, Armada, MI 48005. Office hours 
are 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday. The office is closed during the holidays. 

Livestock Sale Dates:
Steer - 1st Sunday in February, Noon-2 p.m.
Swine/Lambs/Goats-1st Sunday in June, 10 a.m.-Noon
Poultry/Rabbits - 3rd Sunday in July, 10 a.m.-Noon

Mentors Gather and Network at i3Detroit
Mentors from Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties gathered at i3detroit in Ferndale on Friday, December 11, 2015  to celebrate their successes working with local youth. Members of i3detroit, a local hackerspace and non-profit creative venue for inventors led the mentors in a sandblasting project. This annual networking event allows mentors to brainstorm STEAM project ideas for working with 4-H youth. Special guests included Alford Kindred and James Roberts from the US Patent and Trademark Office located in Detroit. Glasses were etched, cookies decorated, stories told and ideas conceived for the coming 4-H project year. For information on becoming a mentor in Macomb County, please contact Lisa Kelley at  lkelley@anr.msu.edu  or  248-858-1524 .
 Mentor Gary

Mentors Alison and Jarron

4-H Shooting Sports Certification Renewal 
This is a reminder about renewal certification for leaders in the various disciplines of shooting sports. If your shooting sports certification is expiring and you have not sent in renewal applications yet, please do so ASAP to avoid certifications lapsing into 2016.   Applications are not accepted after December 31st!!  Certifications that lapse are required to renew by attending another shooting sports workshop training. Applications received in December may not be processed/renewed until the new year and therefore leaders may not be certified until well into 2016.  Leaders must not supervise live fire until they have certification cards!

4-H Youth Shotshell Program
Through January 16, 2016, Vista Outdoor, Inc. will begin taking orders for shotshell from approved organizations. The order forms are attached. Credit cards payments will be accepted, but the company will need to call the club leaders to get the credit card number and other data. Clubs may also request to be added to the company's direct distribution list by emailing sg.conservation@vistaoutdoor.com The rimfire program will launch in February. Details will follow.  Cathy Hale at Savage continues to manage our youth firearm program.  Her email is  chale@SavageArms.com .
Also, any 4-H club that would like copies of a publication called Shoot 101 should contact Ryan Bronson at Vista Outdoor at ryan.bronson@VistaOutdoor.com. The publication is produced by Bonnier (parent of Outdoor Life and Field and Stream) and is aimed at new target shooters and hunters. 

Pending Enrollments
Youth Enrollments:  There are still a number of youth enrollments pending for 2015-16, either because they have not enrolled online, enrolled improperly, or because they have not paid their State 4-H participation fees. Remember, member registration is only considered complete when you're enrolled/re-enrolled through 4-H Online and have paid the State 4-H participation fee.
Adult Volunteer Enrollments:  A handful of adult volunteer enrollments are still pending. Adults should only enroll online if they have completed the 4-H Volunteer Selection Process (VSP). If you completed VSP in another county, please let the Macomb 4-H office know so that we can request verification.
Club Registration : Club leaders, please submit the following to Macomb County MSU Extension if you haven't already:
  • Annual Summary Financial Statement for 2014-15 (returning clubs only)
  • Club/Committee Inventory Reports for 2014-15 (returning clubs only)
  • Civil Rights Compliance Statement (all clubs)
  • Bylaws (all clubs)
Your club's status will not be considered active until these forms are received.

Statewide 4-H News
4-H Calendars of Events

County 4-H Calendar of Events

January 1, 2016
Happy New Year!
County offices closed

January 18, 2016
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
County offices closed

Other County Events:

January 11, 2016
Growing Your Plants Successfully from Seed
6:30-7:30 p.m., MSU Extension, Clinton Township

January 31, 2016
Last day to take the MSUE Issues ID Survey. 
Responses from Macomb County residents are especially needed!
Arabic: طباعة نسخة من الدراسة الاستقصائية haasb@msu.edu متاحة عند الطلب..

February 11, 2016
Gardening with Kids
6:30-7:30 p.m., MSU Extension, Clinton Township

Statewide 4-H Calendar of Events

December 3
January 8-10, 2016
Michigan 4-H Horse Judges & Show Superintendents Conference
Kettunen Center, Tustin
Michigan State University Federal Credit Union, East Lansing
National 4-H Conference Center, Chevy Chase, Maryland
Kettunen Center, Tustin
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing
February 6-7
4-H Winterfest
Kettunen Center, Tustin
February 19-20
February 20-21
Kettunen Center, Tustin
February 26-28
Teen & Adult 4-H Horse Leaders Workshop (Contact Taylor Fabus)
Kettunen Center, Tustin
For the most up-to-date events listing, go to  http://4h.msue.msu.edu/events

National 4-H Events
January 16, 2016
4-H Day at the Breslin
Breslin Center, MSU, East Lansing
January 29-31
Green & White Youth Event & Open Hog Show (Contact Carla McLachlan)
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing
January 30
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing

February 19
4-H Bee Keeping Essays Due to MSU

April 23
Michigan 4-H Goat Expo
MSU, East Lansing

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