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Macomb County 4-H Awards - December 10th
Come and join Macomb County 4-H as we reflect and celebrate the wonderful accomplishments of our fellow 4-H'ers this past year at the 2016 County Awards Ceremony. Support our awardees while enjoying presentations about all that 4-H has to offer. The awards ceremony will take place at MSU Extension, Assembly Rooms A & B, 21885 Dunham Road, Clinton Township on December 10 at 1 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.
Hope to see you all there!

Submitted by Maggie Bohm, President
Macomb County 4-H Youth Council

Macomb County 4-H Youth Council meeting dates

The 2017 Macomb County 4-H Youth Council officers, from left to right: Secretary Elizabeth Bennett (K-9 & Kompany), Treasurer Jillian Richards (City Slickers), President Maggie Bohm (Pirates), Vice President Payton McComsey (City Slickers).

The Macomb County 4-H Youth Council has scheduled the following meetings at Camp Rotary, 20505 29 Mile Road, Ray Township:
Thursday, January 12 at 6:30 p.m. 
Thursday, May 11 at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 13 at 6:30 p.m.

Macomb County 4-H members, volunteers and families are encouraged to attend. Come and help shape 4-H in Macomb County by sharing your ideas and find out what the Council is planning for your club and community! A delegate from each club can and is strongly encouraged to attend the meetings so that they can deliver information accurately back to their clubs and have a voice in the decision making process.

Information and photo 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  
4-H Program Coordinator
Program Coordinator 
4-H Tech Wizards
4-H Program Coordinator 

4-H Extension Educator
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

Join Our List
4-H Youth Council needs craft instructors
The Macomb County 4-H Youth Council is looking for clubs to teach a craft at the Macomb County 4-H Youth Craft Day on March 11, 2017 at 1 p.m. There will be several different types of crafts for our clubs members to make and take home. The Council is hoping for several 4-H clubs to participate and teach a favorite club craft. Supplies purchased for the craft can be reimbursed by the Council. 

Please contact Payton at  horselover0728@gmail.com with your club's ideas and reserve a craft for the event. Some ideas include wood burning, sewing, knitting, mosaics, etc.

Club is looking for indoor roller derby location
The City Slickers 4-H Club in Sterling Heights is looking for an indoor roller skating location to play roller derby. 108'x80' is needed, any concrete, asphalt, or wood floor is ok. Please email Michelle at 
pbjamr@gmail.com  if you may have or know of a space.

Submitted by Michelle Richards, 4-H Volunteer

Dine at Chipotle, support City Slickers 4-H Club

Show your team spirit by joining us for a fundraiser to 
support City Slickers 4-H Club. Come in to the Chipotle at 13975  Lakeside Circle in Sterling Heights on Monday, December 19th between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Bring in this   flyer , show it on  your smartphone or tell the cashier you're supporting the  cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated  to City Slickers 4-H Club.

Submitted by 
Michelle Richards, 4-H Volunteer

Macomb, St. Clair County 4-H'ers Explore Kentucky's Red River Gorge

4-H members and five adult volunteers from Macomb and St. Clair counties, along with Lindsey, Russell, Henry and Scarlett LaForte, enjoyed a wonderful trip to the Red River Gorge area of Kentucky over the Thanksgiving holiday. The 4-H members made the leaders very proud! They were responsible, helpful, encouraging, respectful, fun, and cooperative -- even on a seven-mile hike up and down Kentucky's beautiful ridges and valleys! What a great experience for our 4-H members. Big thanks to Joe and Theresa Whitenight, leaders of Dresden Outdoor Adventure Challenge and Rimrock Acres 4-H clubs, for the incredible work they do for kids in both St. Clair County and Macomb County 4-H!

2016 State 4-H Horse Show Results
Hard work paid off for Macomb County's 2016 State 4-H Horse Show participants. Congratulations to all! A complete list of show results is available online at  http://www.ans.msu.edu/extension/horse_youth_programs.

Elizabeth Barone (Ray's Riding Rascals)
2nd - Photography, 16-17 yrs.
4th - Hunt Seat Pleasure Pony, 16-19 yrs.
4th - Western Pleasure, Pony 16-19 yrs.

Audrey Beaudin (Ray's Riding Rascals)
2nd - Split Showmanship, 16 yrs.
6th - 2nd Split Hunt Seat Pleasure, 16 yrs.
7th - 3rd Split Hunt Seat Equitation, 16 yrs.
7th - Trail, 16 yrs.

Danielle DaPra (Alarro)
Gymkhana Showmanship, 13-15 yrs.

Willow Hollingsworth (Ray's Riding Rascals)
1st - Training Level Test II, 13-15 yrs.
2nd - Saddle Seat Pleasure, 13-14 yrs. (Outside)
2nd - Saddle Seat Equitation, 13-14 yrs. (Outside)
4th - Championship Saddle Seat Pleasure, 13-15 yrs.
1st - Dressage Test Champion, 13-15 yrs.
2nd - Championship Saddle Seat Equitation, 13-15 yrs.
1st - Training Level Test III, 13-15 yrs.

Payton Kehoe (Alarro)
8th - Hunt Seat Pleasure, 15 yrs.
5th - 2nd Split Showmanship, 15 yrs.
7th - 3rd Split Showmanship, 15 yrs.

Melanie LeDuc (A Little Tacky)
3rd - Saddle Seat Pleasure, 18-19 yrs.
1st - Championship Saddle Seat Equitation, 16-19 yrs.
2nd - Saddle Seat Equitation, 18-19 yrs.

Kyla Monette (Alarro)
8th - Cloverleaf Barrel Race, 13-19 yrs. Pony
3rd - Scrapbook, 13-15 yrs.-Friday
Kira Nowicki (Alarro)
8th - Gymkhana Showmanship, 16-19 yrs.
Alexandra Oddo (Alarro)
3rd - Saddle Seat Equitation, 16-17 yrs.
6th - Saddle Seat Pleasure, 16-17 yrs.

Megan Opheim (A Little Tacky)
4th - Speed & Action Race, 18-19 yrs.
4th - Pole Bending Race, 18-19 yrs.
3rd - 2nd Split Keyhole Race, 18-19 yrs.

Steven Prokuda (Ray's Riding Rascals)
8th - English/Western Riding, 16-19 yrs.
2nd - T-Shirt Design, 16-17 yrs.

Adrienne Roeder (Ray's Riding Rascals)
1st - Hunter Hack, 16-17 yrs.
5th - Hunt Seat Pleasure, 17 yrs.
4th - Championship Hunter Hack, 16-19 yrs.
3rd - 2nd Split Hunt Seat Equitation, 17 yrs.

Miranda Speer (Ray's Riding Rascals)
2nd - Saddle Seat Pleasure, 14-15 yrs. (Inside)
1st - Saddle Seat Equitation, 14-15 yrs. (Inside)
4th - Championship Saddle Seat Equitation, 
              13-15 yrs.

Jenna Swinkowski (Alarro)
1st - Saddle Seat Pleasure, 14-15 yrs. (Inside)
1st - Champion Saddle Seat Pleasure, 13-15 yrs.
2nd - Saddle Seat Equitation, 14-15 yrs. (Inside)
3rd - Championship Saddle Seat Equitation, 
              13-15 yrs.
7th - Showmanship, 14 yrs. (Inside)

Olivia Urban (Ray's Riding Rascals)
5th - Indiana Flag Race, 13-14 yrs.
4th - Keyhole Race, 13-14 yrs.
7th - Photography, 13-15 yrs. (Friday)

Hot off the Press: Member Personal Record Books!
For the past year, a small group of Michigan State University Extension staff, members of the life skills team have been working on updating the personal record book. The book is now more modern and user friendly for youth, volunteers, and event coordinators. New to the record book:

-Fillable PDF
-Lots of different parts so youth can pick pages that relate to them
-Instruction that can be use by leaders/parents on filling out the portfolio
-Color instead of Black and White

This resource will  be available through the MSU Extension Bookstore

2016-17 Macomb County 4-H Newsletter
The Macomb County 4-H Family Newsletter is now scheduled to be emailed on the first of every month. Sign up to receive this FREE monthly newsletter at  http://bit.ly/2bWXaKW.

Let us know what you and your 4-H club or committee are up to! 4-H members, volunteers and their families are encouraged to submit articles, photos and announcements for publication to macomb.4h@macombgov.org. Identification should accompany each photo submitted, and always be sure to include your contact information!
Member year pins available
There are still some (free 4-H) member year pins available at Macomb County MSU Extension. Contact Macomb County MSU Extension at macomb.4h@macombgov.org or 586-469-6431 to request them before they're gone.
Member year pins may also be purchased through www.4-hmall.org.


# Available
17 bronze
1 bronze
1 bronze
1 bronze
7 bronze
9 bronze
4 gold, 1 bronze
20 bronze
8 bronze
22 bronze
7 bronze
1 bronze

Mark your calendars for 4-H Horse Winter Projects at Goodells County Park!
The days are getting shorter, and the weather is turning cooler, but that doesn't mean the horse project has to end. 4-H members in Macomb and St. Clair counties, please join us to learn about your favorite things in the world (horses of course) and make some new friends. "Winter Projects" encompasses several horse-related experiences, described below, and will meet the first Monday of every month, October through April, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Community Building at the Goodells County Park (horse judging may run until 8:30). Regardless of your background or experience, if you want to learn, we want you to join us!

Intro group (non-competition):
This group meets to learn the basics, and has an absolutely fantastic time doing so. Some of last year's topics included a blacksmith demonstration, equine first aid, making horse treats, the history of show clothes, nutrition/poisonous plants, tack, and grooming. Please contact Marianne Moskal at (810) 305-9834 with any questions. She will be planning lots of great sessions for the upcoming year!

Hippology and Horse Bowl:
These competitive groups will be coached by Heather Mudge and will meet on the Mondays above. Details and expectations will be discussed at the October meeting. Contact Heather at (810) 434-4359 or  dancer16_03@hotmail.com with "horses" in the subject line with any questions.
Hippology is literally the study of all things horse. Contestants will judge halter classes, take a written exam, evaluate horse related slides and stations, and participate in solving a team problem at MSU in April.

Horse Bowl is exactly what it sounds like--quiz bowl with horse questions. Check out what it's like to test your knowledge and reflexes at the same time! Contest to take place at MSU in April.

Horse Judging:
This group is open to both those wanting to compete and those who just want to learn what the judge is looking for, and will be coached by Lucy Brown. Contact Lucy at (586) 855-3215 or  lamckier@yahoo.com with any questions, or to be placed on the contact list if you can't make the October meeting. Additional "classroom style" meetings and live judging clinics will be scheduled throughout the winter, with a contest at MSU in April. The focus will be 50% conformation (halter) and 50% performance classes for various breeds. Contestants will judge eight classes at the April contest, answer questions on some classes (in writing), and verbally explain their placings for some classes to a judge, one on one.

This past spring, the St. Clair County Senior Regular Team of Felishia Block, Carrie Brown, Samantha Enright, and Hailey Moses placed second in the state and will be going on to compete at the Eastern National 4-H Roundup in Louisville, Kentucky in November. Great job girls and best of luck at Nationals!!

Give an individual speech or demonstration on a horse topic, or partner up with some friends to do so, at MSU in April. Talk to Lucy or Heather for additional details. This is a fairly new contest area, and we'd love to send some participants from Macomb and St. Clair counties!

Important things to know:
  • The Hippology, Horse Bowl, and Horse Judging contests take place at the same time, so you can only compete in one area.
  • Communications is the night before the other contests, so everyone can participate in communications.
  • Everyone is welcome at the additional horse judging meetings and clinics, but sometimes they are scheduled last minute, so let Lucy know if you want to be on the contact list.
  • Homeschoolers can receive credit for winter projects as a course, if they compete. Competition is considered the final exam.
  • Most importantly, we hope you can join us for a fun and exciting season!
Happy Holidays 
from the 
Macomb County MSU Extension 
4-H Staff

Kathy Jamieson, 4-H Educator
Jeran Culina, 4-H Mentor Program Coordinator
Elizabeth Duran, 4-H Program Coordinator
Lisa Kelley, 4-H Tech Wizards Program Coordinator
Seth Martin, 4-H Program Coordinator

Macomb County offices, 
including MSU Extension, 
will be closed  on:

December 23, 2016
December 26, 2016
December 30, 2016
& January 2, 2017

Other Local News & Events

Armada Fair Livestock Sale Committee Meeting & Elections - January 23
Elections for the Armada Fair Livestock Sale Committee will take place on Monday, January 23, 2017. There are both adult and youth positions that are open.  Every club that participates in the Armada Fair Youth Livestock Auction and/or Silent Auction is strongly encouraged to have representation on the committee.  Elections will take place at 7 p.m. at the Grange Hall located on the Armada Fair Grounds.

Submitted by JoEllen Clark, Armada Fair Youth Livestock Committee

Reminder: Armada Fair Livestock Sale Permission Forms are due to the Armada Fair Office by the 2nd Friday in January.


Free Chukar
This friendly chukar needs a good home. 
If interested, please contact Lake St. Clair Metropark Nature Center at
586-463-4332 .

4-H Calendars of Events
Macomb County 4-H Events

December 5, 2016
6:30-8 p.m., Goodells County Park

December 10, 2016
Macomb County 4-H Awards Event
1-3 p.m., MSU Extension, Clinton Township

December 19, 2016
Chipotle Fundraiser for City Slickers 4-H Club
4-8 p.m., Chipotle, Sterling Heights

December 19, 2016
Submission deadline for the January 4-H Family News

December 23, 26 & 30, 2016
County offices closed

January 2, 2017
County offices closed

January 12, 2017
Macomb County 4-H Youth Council Meeting
6:30 p.m., Camp Rotary, Ray Township

March 11, 2017
4-H Youth Craft Day
1-3 p.m., MSU Extension, Clinton Township

March 14, 2017
4-H Exploration Days registration begins
9 a.m., Macomb County MSU Extension
(Forms turned in early will be entered in the order received)

May 11, 2017
Macomb County 4-H Youth Council Meeting
6:30 p.m., Camp Rotary, Ray Township

July 13, 2017
Macomb County 4-H Youth Council Meeting
6:30 p.m., Camp Rotary, Ray Township

Other Local Events

January 23, 2017
Armada Fair Livestock Sale Committee Meeting & Elections
7 p.m., Grange Hall, Armada Fairgrounds, Armada

Statewide 4-H Events

December 17, 2016  
Sanilac County MSU Extension Office, Sandusky
January 10, 2017  
Lapeer County MSU Extension Office, Lapeer

January 22, 2017 
Contact Jane Love ( lovejan@msu.edu)
Jack Breslin Events Center, East Lansing

January 28, 2017
MSU Pavilion, Lansing
Kettunen Center, Tustin
February 4-5, 2017 
4-H Winterfest 
Kettunen Center, Tustin
Kettunen Center, Tustin
Kettunen Center, Tustin

March 11-12, 2017
Challenge U 4-H Funfest
Contact Michelle Neff ( hydemich@msu.edu)
K ettunen Center, Tustin

March 19-22, 2017 
Okemos Conference Center, Okemos

MSU Pavilion, Lansing

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

Other National Events

December 20, 2016
Young Archer Essay Contest entry deadline

Statewide 4-H News
A Very Special Event for Younger 4-H'ers
While Michigan 4-H Youth Development ( http://msue.anr.msu.edu/topic/info/4_h ) offers many educational opportunities for youth of all ages, there is a special, award-winning workshop for younger 4-H'ers (aged 8 to 12).
What and Why
At this event, participants will:
  •  Spend two days learning new skills from experts in six different, action-packed sessions of their choice. Project areas may include crafts, science and technology, dance movement,     shooting sports, healthy living, animal science and international education. Through such 4-H projects, young people enjoy hands-on activities, while developing life skills (http://bit.ly/1PVDmlX). For example, by allowing 4-H'ers to choose the sessions in which they want to participate, they learn decision-making skills and independence. At 4-H Winterfest, youth also learn communication, cooperation and teamwork. All in all, participants learn to make "the best (themselves) better."
  •  Experience some outdoor activities such as cross-country skiing, outdoor cooking, tubing, snowshoeing and possibly hiking in the woods along the trails
  •  Enjoy an overnight workshop experience
  •  Meet other 4-H'ers from around the state
Who Should Attend
4-H'ers who are 8 to 12 years old as of January 1, 2017

February 4 to 5, 2017 (begins Saturday morning and ends before lunch on Sunday)
The Winterfest schedule and registration will be available in early December on the 4-H events web site . The $70 registration fee includes overnight housing, three meals, all session supplies and a special gift.

While you wait for 4-H Winterfest registration information to be posted on the Michigan 4-H web site, you can check the following for more information :
This workshop fills up quickly, so keep your eye peeled for registration information!

Upcoming 4-H Horse & Pony Events
There are several exciting events coming up this spring for those in the 4-H Horse & Pony project areas.  Contact Taylor Fabus at tenlenta@msu.edu or 517-353-1748 for more information about any of the following programs:

4-H/MQHA Clinic Weekend, February 3-4
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing, MI
Friday: Horse Judging Workshop 6:30-9pm
Saturday: Practice horse judging contest in morning followed by clinics in the classrooms and arena all day. MQHA tack sale 10am-4pm. 4-H'ers may register to ride in clinics, space is limited.
Full event details & registration forms:  http://www.ans.msu.edu/extension/horse_youth_programs
Purchase DISCOUNTED auditor tickets ahead of time at:  https://commerce.cashnet.com/msu_3645 
Register for judging workshop at:   https://commerce.cashnet.com/msu_3645 

Teen & Adult 4-H Horse Leaders' Conference, February 25
MSU's campus, East Lansing, MI
Registration for this event is limited!
4-H members age 12-19 AND adult volunteers are welcomed. Topics include horse judging, equine first aid, dissection, veterinary care, equine nutrition, and information to assist leaders in youth development, leadership skills for youth, and much more. Interactive classroom sessions in Anthony Hall will be followed by hands-on activities at the MSU Horse Teaching & Research Center.
Full event details & registration forms:  http://www.ans.msu.edu/extension/horse_youth_programs

4-H & FFA State Horse Judging Contest, Sunday March 26th 
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing, MI
Full class list, rules, registration and event details available at:  http://www.ans.msu.edu/extension/horse_youth_programs 

Norma Agnew Memorial 4-H Hairy Horse Show/Clinic, April 8
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing, MI
Space will be limited for this event, only 100 stalls available. Judges will wear microphones and share critiques with exhibitors to help improve their performance.  Audience members (free) can hear feedback as well!
Event details and showbill available after January 1:  http://www.ans.msu.edu/extension/horse_youth_programs

4-H Exploration Days - Save the Date
4-H Exploration Days is June 21-23, 2017 at Michigan State University in East Lansing. Registration begins March 14, 2017 at your local county Extension office. Forms received earlier will be entered in the order they are received. 

Best described as a "mini-college experience" for youth who are 4-H ages 11-19, the event is an opportunity for youth to attend fun, educational sessions of their choosing, stay in campus housing (youth are housed by county), enjoy activities and entertainment and make new friends. 

The cost for this year's event is $165 per youth, plus any session fees that may apply. Non-members pay an additional $10 participation fee. A mandatory orientation will be held at the county Extension office before the event. 

Additional information will be available online by March 1st.

Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports Archery Certification Workshop
The Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports Archery Certification Workshop is January 28-29, 2017 at  4 Square Sportsman's Club in Jeddo (St. Clair County). Participants will meet from  8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. each day.
This workshop is for adult leaders and teens 16 and older that are active in their shooting sports club or want to become involved. Participants should express and interest in working with youth and have a willingness to improve their own knowledge and skills in shooting sports.

The 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Workshop provides the necessary skills, resources and background to successfully teach shooting sports and conduct range activities. This workshop is archery specific. 

Certification is a requirement to facilitate live fire on a range. All adult leaders need to be approved by their local MSUE office and have completed the 4-H Volunteer Selection Process.

Cost is $65.00. Registration includes resources, snacks and lunch both days. The deadline to register for this event is Monday, January 9, 2017. To register, contact the St. Clair County MSU Extension office for a registration form.

For more information, contact Lori Warchuck at lwarchuck@stclaircounty.org  or Nick Baumgart at baumga75@anr.msu.edu. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested with your registration.
National 4-H News & Events
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Get information about national youth events, programs and contests. Sign up online at http://4-h.org/newsletters/ to stay updated on national 4-H happenings!

Summer Program Assistant positions at the National 4-H Conference Center
Know a student passionate about government, history, political science, education, speaking, or leadership? Encourage them to apply to be a Summer 2017 Program Assistant (PA) at the National 4-H Conference Center. More information and an application are online at http://bit.ly/2gGzit3.

Other National News & Events
Young Archer Essay Contest to benefit St. Jude Research Hospital
The 1st Annual Young Archer Essay Contest to benefit St. Jude Children Research Hospital  is now in full swing and is open to all kids 8-18. Youth are invited to share their experiences. Some will be published in the Young Archer Magazine, and prizes will be awarded. The top prize is a four-day archery hunt in Illinois. All proceeds from the $5 entry fee go to St. Jude's.
The entry deadline is December 20th. There has been a low response rate, so there is still a great chance to win prizes! For more information, visit  http://www.theyoungarcher.com/essaycontest/.