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Macomb County 4-H News
MSU Extension welcomes new 4-H Supervising 
and Staff Development Educator
On May 22, 2017, MSU Extension welcomed its newest 4-H Supervising and Staff Development Educator, Diane Wisnewski. She will provide supervision and staff development to 4-H program coordinators in Districts 11 and 12 (Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties).
Wisnewski has an MS in Administration and Leadership and an MS in Sports Administration. She has significant work experience in administrative leadership, supervision and staff development.  Most recently, she served as the Director of Extension Centers and Programs for Wayne State University. She has also worked in administrative/leadership roles at Macomb Community College and served as the Head Women's Basketball Coach for Wayne State University. Through these positions and throughout her career, Diane has demonstrated excellent skills in developing, training, and supervising staff, developing community partnerships, volunteer recruitment, and designing and implementing educational programs.  
Educators Jackie Martin and Kathy Jamieson  will work closely with Wisnewski as she transitions into her new role. Wisnewski will mainly be working out of the MSU Extension office in Pontiac. 

District 11 Coordinator changes
There have been a few adjustments to MSU Extension's District 11 leadership. As of July 1st, Richard Wooten's District Coordinator responsibilities will focus solely on Wayne County. Ed Scott has been promoted to District Coordinator for Macomb and Oakland counties. 

Wanted: OAC trip volunteer for military 4-H club
One of our military 4-H clubs is looking for an adult volunteer to assist on its annual summer Outdoor Adventure Challenge (OAC) trip from August 14-18. This year, they will be following the "Fred Meyer Rail to trail" from Grand Rapids to Cadillac with 2 middle school teen (MST) staff and 12 youth. The adult volunteer (18 +) will need to be a 4-H background checked volunteer and will need to complete military paperwork as well. They will be riding with the youth the 90 miles along with an MST staff member and will be tent camping. If you are interested please contact Jeran Culina at 586-469-5979.

Backpacking Volunteers Wanted
Macomb County 4-H is looking for volunteers to become 
certified  in the 4-H Outdoor Adventure Challenge activity of backpacking. Volunteers will co-lead day hikes in South Eastern Michigan and a backpacking trip once a year in the spring-fall. Those who are interested will need to go through a background check and a certification process. Please contact Seth Martin at  (586) 783-8163  for more information. 

Junior Gardener Club starts July 6th
The Junior Gardener Club, provided by Macomb County MSU Extension, will meet at the Max Thompson Family Resource Center, 11370 Hupp Avenue, Warren, from 9 a.m.-Noon from July 6-August 31. All youth ages 5-19 are welcome. 

While engaged in fun activities, participants will develop a love for gardening, a respect for their environment, and cultivate their minds. Junior Master Gardener curriculum and Learn, Grow, Eat & Go! curriculum will be used.

To register or for more information, call 586-469-7614. The cost is $20 per youth. Please make cash, check or money order out to MSU Extension.
Macomb County 4-H Staff
Ed Scott
District 11 Coordinator
Oakland & Macomb Counties

4-H Extension Supervising
& Staff Development Educator

4-H Mentor Program  
4-H Program Coordinator
4-H Program Coordinator

Computer Maintenance Clerk


Web Site:

MSU Extension
VerKuilen Building
21885 Dunham Road, Ste. 12
Clinton Township, MI 48036
Phone: (586) 469-6431

MSU Extension
Max Thompson
Family Resource Center
11370 Hupp
Warren, MI 48089
Phone: (586) 469-7614

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Armada Fair information
Armada Fair volunteers wanted: Have you been interested in helping at the Armada fair? 4-H, FFA and other youth organizations that participate in the fair are looking for superintendents and judges for youth projects entered in the fair. We are currently looking for judges for our vet Science projects, educational projects, natural resource projects, culinary arts projects and photography projects. Also, we are looking for superintendents for horses and dairy goats. Professional expertise is not required, but judges should having experience in the project area they are judging. Please contact Seth Martin from MSU Extension/4-H for more information at (586) 783-8163.
Exhibit Barn Sign-Up: Sign up for a shift in the Exhibit Barn at the Armada Fair at http://bit.ly/2rq9Uyb .

Teen Clerk Sign-Up: Teen Clerks, 4-H ages 13 and older, are needed for judging day at the Armada Fairgrounds on August 13th. Teen clerks help with Cloverbud project judging, transport projects from the judging area to the Exhibit Barn, and assist with other general tasks. Sign up online at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0a4ba8aa2da02-teen1.
Coffee Cart Fundraiser/Shaving Sales Sign-Up: Sign up for a shift at the 4-H Youth Council's Coffee Cart and shaving sales fundraisers at http://bit.ly/2qFSLiT .

Project books are to be turned in to the MSU Extension office no later than July 17th (third Monday in July every year). Project books are mandatory for dogs, cats and pocket pet projects only.  If youth have multiple animals of the same species, all animals will be in the same project book.

Set-up for Barn 15  and the Horse Barn displays is August 9-12. Clubs may begin setting up between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. The Barn is CLOSED at exactly 10 p.m. 4-H club display boards in Barn 15 can be no larger than 4x6 feet and will be hung portrait.

2017 Wilton Award Department 71 Culinary Arts: Wilton Enterprises is pleased to help support the Armada Fair in the Decorated Cakes Division. Wilton's "Best of Class" awards are offered for winning cakes/cupcakes with some type of bag and tip or rolled fondant cake decorating. 

2017 4-H Fair Theme: "There's no place like 4-H."

Fair Clean-Up/Set-Up and Judging Dates
Volunteers needed before and during Armada Fair
Leaders, it's time to line up your club helpers for pre-fair and fair dates!
Fair clean-up is Sunday, July 9th from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Armada Fairgrounds in Armada.
We will be sweeping barns, pulling staples on risers, cleaning  glass cases and other displays,  raking leaves, pulling weeds, picking up debris on fairgrounds, etc.
Things to bring: rakes, brooms, gloves, pliers, screwdrivers, cleaning supplies, etc.
Fair set-up is Sunday, July 30th from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Armada Fairgrounds in Armada.
We will be setting up Barn #12, removing staples on table tops, papering tables with plastic tablecloths, determining where each club will set up their display, setting up club displays, as well as any last-minute set up in other barns.
Things to bring: heavy duty staplers, staples, nails, screws, extension cords, hammers, screw drivers, pliers, straight pins, peg board hooks, as well as  scissors, pens, pencils, string, tape, markers, clips, cleaning supplies, etc.
Sunday Judging is Sunday, August 13th. Each club should be represented on this day. Volunteers will be helping clerk, carry exhibits back to barns, and tag with appropriate ribbons. Be sure judge signs Department book, return judge's books to Fair Office.
Sunday, August 13th:  Arrange Barn #12 - Be sure tags are unfolded so that names can be seen, clean rods before hanging quilts and pin to secure. Ribbons should all be visible on all items.  Be sure tag and ribbons are visible such as on lower corner of quilts or on the front of picture frames.  Arrange entries in the barn after judging is complete.  Be sure all ribbons are on each item and clearly visible. Set up fencing to secure areas.
Monday, August 14th through Sunday, August 20th , volunteers shall assist in clerking ALL youth shows, passing out ribbons/trophies and manning all gates, most importantly the horse arena gates and anything else required during the shows.
Check-out is Sunday, August 20th: Assist collecting items for exhibitors. Match tag numbers to items. Perishables are to be tossed out.  Attach ribbon to tags for pick up. Clean-up on Sunday night is mandatory.
Submitted by Nancy Davis, 4-H Volunteer
Repeated from June 2017

Goat Project Books
If you're working on a 4-H goat project and haven't started a project book yet, here are some outlines that you can follow:

Macomb County 4-H and Youth Caprine Project Book (Dairy, Fiber and Meat Goats) - Ages 15-19

These outlines are also available online at  http://msue.macombgov.org/MSUE-4H-Programs-Animals-LargeLivestock. Project books for goat projects are recommended but are not mandatory.

Model Rocketry Classes Open to All 4-H/FFA Students in Macomb County
TO ALL ROCKET MEMBERS: YOU MUST ATTEND AT LEAST ONE FLIGHT DAY!!! Leaders will not automatically be in the park on flight days. They will only be there if you call and notify Nancy Davis, 4-H volunteer, at least 24 hours in advance (586-784-9410 or davis_lighthouse@att.net).
The 2017 4-H/FFA Rocketry Project flight schedule is below. All flights will be held at the Ray Township Park on Wolcott Road just north of 29 Mile Road.  -- must park in Park lane, not by the library.
       1st  Flight  Wednesday, July 19th   6 p.m.
       2nd Flight  Wednesday, July 26th   6 p.m.
       3rd  Flight  Wednesday, August 2nd,  6 p.m.
You may bring rockets from prior years to fly, but they will not be eligible to show at the fair.
Sumbitted by Nancy Davis, 4-H Volunteer
Statewide 4-H News
2017 State 4-H Dog Show
This annual event - presented each August by Michigan State University Extension 4-H Youth Development - provides participants with opportunities to:
  • Present dogs in the following classes:
    • Leader Dog/Service-Dog Puppy
    • Freestyle
    • Junior Showmanship
    • Obedience
    • Rally
    • Agility
    • Brace
    • Teams
    • Cloverbud
  • Display honesty, respect for others, good sportsmanship, understanding of the humane and ethical care and treatment of animals, and their ability to follow 4-H policies and procedures
  • Participate in free Educational Posters and Photography Contests
Who Should Attend?
  1. Exhibitors must be Michigan 4-H'ers (but not necessarily enrolled in a 4-H dog project) aged 9 to 19 years, as of January 1, 2017.
  2. Cloverbud Division youth must be 5 to 8 years old, as of January 1, 2017.
  3. 4-H members can show up to two dogs (5 months or older) of any breed.
  4. Of course, spectators are welcome!
Date and Location of the Show: August 19, 2017 at the MSU Pavilion
What Is the Cost of the Show?
The nonrefundable registration fees are $6 per dog and $10 per class. Camping is available at the MSU Pavilion for $30 per night (Friday and Saturday only)
How Does Someone Register?
Registration forms (for participants and show sponsors) are available in the show catalog found on the Michigan 4-H web site . Youth must fill out entry forms completely and take the documents to the local MSU Extension office by July 21, 2017. To be accepted, entries must have the following:
  1. A complete entry form, found in the 2017 State 4-H Dog Show Catalog
  2. A copy of proof of vaccination (this is generally an itemized receipt or certificate from the veterinarian) for each dog entered (participants may bring up to two dogs)
  3. Payment of class fees (to ensure all applicable fees are paid, check the math on the entry form).
More information about this show is available from:

Exploration Days 2017: Lost and Found
A number of items were left at Michigan State University after 4-H Exploration Days. If any of these items belong to you, contact Seth Martin (586-783-8163 or mart1885@anr.msu.edu) or Laura Potter-Niesen (517-432-2963 or potterla@msu.edu).

General Lost and Found:
  • Green water bottle with black and gray writing
  • Black Mizuno baseball glove
  • American Sign Language book for Kayla Poole (prepaid, did not show up to class)
  • Blue Contigo water bottle
  • Orange Camelbak water bottle ("Moller" written on top)
  • Blue, size medium, Cherokee zip up jacket (name written on it starts with "Hay...")
  • Red Washtenaw county lanyard
  • Rock painted with words "you are my sunshine"
  • Camo PBR baseball cap
  • Honda car keys
  • Black Karen Kane glasses case
  • Black wire-rimmed glasses
  • Gray Belkin surge protector
  • Model rocket engine/motor kit
  • Black AC adapter with charger
  • Blue iPod shuffle
  • Large hot pink t-shirt from MSU Bookstore
  • Umbrella from 'The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial'
  • Glasses case with puppy on it (Ali Badgley written on back)
  • ZTE phone with colorful case
  • Blue ombre colored extra small American Eagle hoodie
  • Large gray zip up hoodie from Old Navy
  • Small dark green zip up Northface jacket
  • Extra Large kids orange hoodie from Gap
  • Pink with black polka dots sunglasses
  • Mint green and gold sunglasses
  • Black, yellow, and blue Adidas drawstring bag
  • Green 4-H bag from Newaygo county
  • Blue neck pillow
Found in East Akers lower study lounge:
  • Medium black Western Michigan Broncos hoodie
Found in East Akers room 604:
  • Large black and red swim trunks with skulls and flames
Found in East Akers room 143:
  • 'Your 4-H Market Hog Project' booklet
  • Sunglo drink coozie, cup, wooden spoon, 2 pens, and sticker of a robotic pig
Found in West Akers room 482:
  • Kids extra-large Faded Glory green, blue, and pink chevron pajama pants
  • A purple and black striped YakPak sock
  • 2 medium 4-H Exploration Days t-shirts
  • 1 size 10 right American Eagle sandal (with white, jeweled straps)
  • Pair of 9-10 dark gray flip flops
Found in West Akers room 473:
  • Size extra small Danskin Now cropped yoga pants with pink cheetah waist band
Found in East Akers room 316:
  • Heather gray t-shirt with orange, blue, and red tribal print and black breast pocket
  • Pair of galaxy print socks from Digital Design
  • Pair of money print socks from Digital Design
Found in East Akers room 111:
  • Medium 4-H Exploration Days t-shirt
Found in East Akers room 504:
  • Youth XL neon orange Under Armour
  • Michigan State University lanyard
  • Roll of masking tape
  • Toothpaste and toothbrush
Found in East Holmes room 505:
  • Black wallet with ID for Hunter Shay
Found in West Akers room 487:
Blue cloth bracelet made from fabric

Found in West Akers room 573:
  • Size 16 light blue athletic shorts from American Heritage
  • Size small blue and yellow striped 'Zowy' shirt
  • Small red Conair brush
  • *************************blue pill**********************
Found in East Akers room 510:
  • Michigan State lanyard
  • White sock
Found in room for session 150 (may belong to instructor):
  • Black Amazon charger

Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports Tournament - July 29
The Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports Tournament is July 29, 2017 at Centerline of Calhoun County. Register by July 9th. See http://bit.ly/2qcKcQu for more information or contact Seth Martin at 586-783-8163.
State 4-H Horse Show
The State 4-H Horse Show is August 11-13, 2017 at the Michigan State University Pavilion for Agriculture & Livestock Education in East Lansing. The State 4-H Mini-Horse Show is Aug. 20. For more information, see http://www.canr.msu.edu/events/2017-michigan-4-h-horse-program-state-show or contact Macomb County 4-H Program Coordinator Seth Martin at 586-783-8163 or mart1885@anr.msu.edu.

Raise your hand for STEM
Help bring an incredible science experience to kids in Michigan. With HughesNet's support, 4-H will give away 100 free 4-H National Youth Science Day kits to the 10 states with the most votes, reaching an estimated 10,000 kids across the country. Vote by raising your hand for STEM online at http://4-h.org/get-involved/partners/hughesnet/raise-your-hand-for-stem/  through July 27, 2017.

Calendars of Events

Macomb County 4-H Calendar of Events

July 1
Top 4-H'er applications due to Macomb County MSU Extension

July 6 - August 31 (Thursdays)
9 a.m.-Noon, Max Thompson Family Resource Center, Warren
July 8
Macomb County 4-H Mini/Draft Horse Show
Camp Rotary, Ray Township
July 9
Armada Fair Clean-up
10 a.m.-2 p.m., Armada Fairgrounds, Armada

July 17
Project books are due to Macomb County MSU Extension Office
July 19
4-H/FFA Model Rocketry Flight Day #1
6 p.m., Ray Township Park, Ray Township
July 26
4-H/FFA Model Rocketry Flight Day #2
6 p.m., Ray Township Park, Ray Township
July 30
Armada Fair Set-Up
10 a.m.-2 p.m., Armada Fairgrounds, Armada
August 2
4-H/FFA Model Rocketry Flight Day #3
6 p.m., Ray Township Park, Ray Township
August 5
Warm and Sunny 4-H Horse Show
Camp Rotary, Ray Township

August 9-12
Armada Fair Barn 15 & horse display set-up
Armada Fairgrounds, Armada

August 13
Sunday Judging
Armada Fairgrounds, Armada

Statewide 4-H Calendar of Events 

July 13
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing
July 17-21
MSU Pavilion, Lansing
July 21
Anthony Hall, MSU, East Lansing
July 24-28
MSU, East Lansing

July 29
Centerline of Calhoun County, Bellevue
July 30-August 3
Jackson's Mill State 4-H Conference Center, Weston, West Virginia

July 30-August 5
Camp Chickagami, Presque Isle
August 2-4
MSU, East Lansing

August 11-13
Little Bay de Noc, Gladstone
August 11-13
MSU Pavilion, Lansing

August 18-20
Manistee River near Kingsley
August 19
MSU Pavilion, Lansing
August 19
Cooley Law School Stadium, Lansing
August 20
South Barn, MSU Pavilion, Lansing

August 26-27
Howell Nature Center, Howell

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