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 July 2018     
Macomb County 4-H News & Events
Seeking Expansion & Review Committee Members
Macomb County is in the process of developing a 4-H Expansion and Review Committee. The purpose of the committee is to review the status of the 4-H program and determine ways to expand and reach new audiences. The committee is open to both adults and youth involved with 4-H. Involvement can include being a member, volunteer, parent, alumni, community partner, or 4-H advocate in general...all are welcome! Our first meeting will be held on Monday, July 9th at 6:30 p.m. in the MSU Extension office at the VerKuilen Building. A light dinner and refreshments will be provided. 

If you  are interested in joining the committee and attending the meeting please R.S.V.P. to Macomb County 4-H Program Coordinator Katelyn Burns via email ( burnska9@anr.msu.edu ) or telephone (586-469-5979).

Macomb County 4-H'er is a TSC Great Neighbor Essay Contest winner
Congratulations to Sydney Pallas of Just-For-Fun 4-H Club and the Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Committee. Pallas is one of the top winners in Michigan in the Tractor Supply Company (TSC) Great Neighbor Essay Contest. The contest was open to 4-H and FFA members and was intended to recognize the hard work Michigan 4-H youth do to make their communities better places. Pallas will be honored at the Michigan State Fair on September 1st at 2 p.m. 

Sarah Dillingham awarded a Bill Hahn Memorial Scholarship
Congratulations to Sarah Dillingham of Macomb County's School Section 4-H Club. She is one of this year's Bill Hahn Memorial Scholarship winners. Dillingham plans to attend Michigan State University this fall.

Source:  Armada Fair Newsletter, June 2018

Macomb County 4-H Youth Council meeting
The next Macomb  County 4-H Youth Council meeting is at 
6:30 p.m. on July 12, 2018 at Camp Rotary, 20505 29 Mile Road, Ray Township.

Rocketry flights at Ray Township Park
Rocketry project members MUST ATTEND AT LEAST ONE FLIGHT DAY:  
  • 1st Flight:  Wednesday, July 18th at 6 p.m.
  • 2nd Flight:  Wednesday, July 25th at 6 p.m.
Please R.S.V.P. to Nancy Davis at davis_lighthouse@att.net . Leaders will not automatically be at the park on flight days. They will only be there if you call and notify Mrs. Davis at least 24 hours in advance.  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.  You may bring rockets from prior years to fly, but they will not be eligible to show at the fair.

Teen Counselors in Training Program
Michigan State University Extension is accepting applications for High School students for the position of Teen Counselor. Students will earn certificates of community service hours while gaining valuable professional work experience in a fun, professional environment mentored by Michigan State University Extension. Upon completion of the program, a letter of reference will be provided based on performance. This is an excellent opportunity for any student but especially for those considering careers as teachers, youth development, or in the human services sector. For more information, call 586-469-6090.
Macomb County 4-H Staff
Ed Scott
District 11 Coordinator
Oakland & Macomb Counties
4-H Extension Supervising
& Staff Development Educator

4-H Program Coordinator

4-H Program Coordinator

Kathy Jamieson
4-H Educator
4-H Program Coordinator

4-H Educator

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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Money Smart Business - July 25
Money Smart Business  is a two-hour class that covers the basics of a financially-viable business. Each session addresses the following areas: 
  • Concept Development
  • Business Needs and Organization Types
  • Cost of Doing Business
  • Risk Management
  • Credit and Cash Flow
Dates and Times:
Wednesday, July 25, 1 - 3 p.m.
Thompson Community Center
11370 Hupp Ave.
Warren, MI 48089
Wednesday, August 15, 1 - 3 p.m.
Tollgate Farm and Education Center
28115 Meadowbrook Rd. 
Novi, Mi 48377

Registration is $50 for either the Novi or Warren location. Register online at https://bit.ly/2Kl5CF9
On-site registration is $75. Instructors are Beth Martinéz (Financial and Homeownership Education Team), and Khurram Imam (Product Center).

4-H Exploration Days a Big Hit Among Macomb County Participants

Macomb County 4-H'ers heading to lunch after checking in to McDonel Residence Hall.
The morning of June 20th began early for Exploration Days participants from Macomb County. After scrambling to make sure everything was packed,
4-Hers had an early drive to East Lansing to begin their three-day stay. Arriving by car or bus, upon arrival members had to learn to navigate MSU's expansive campus to find their classes. Along with 4-H'ers from every county in Michigan, Macomb County participants experienced the college life by navigating the campus, getting up early for class, staying in the dorms, eating in the residential hall, and enjoying many different extracurricular activities in their free time.

Elizabeth Mickowski of the Detroit Tank Arsenal 4-H Club said her experience was absolutely awesome! She went on to say, "I liked that the instructors were from different educational backgrounds and had some very interesting observations about their field."

4-H Exploration Days Evaluation 
Youth and adults who participated in this year's 4-H Exploration Days event can now fill out their respective evaluations on any smartphone, laptop, or tablet. Just type in the link on any internet browser or scan the QR code. 

Youth Participant Survey
Adult Volunteer Survey

Spring TSC 4-H Paper Clover Fundraiser results 
The Spring 2018 Tractor Supply 4-H Paper Clover results are in! From April 11-22, 2018, over $981,000 was raised for 4-H nationwide. Michigan raised a total of $54,981 to support 4-H - this is the most Michigan has ever raised during a Tractor Supply Company (TSC) Paper Clover promotion! 

The distribution was:

$38,487 to county 4-H programs (70%)
$5,498 to support 4-H volunteer and teen leadership training/workshops (10%)
$2,749 to the State 4-H Office (5%)
$2,749 to the Michigan 4-H Foundation (5%)
$5,498 to National 4-H Council for underwriting the campaign (10%).
Macomb County was #3 in the state for funds raised: 

New Haven: $730.00
Richmond: $745.00
Washington: $948.65

The total raised in Macomb County was $2,423.65. Of the total, $1,696.56 will remain in Macomb County and will be used to as scholarships to send 4-H members to 4-H camps or leadership experiences.
Mark you calendar! The Fall 2018 TSC 4-H Paper Clover Fundraiser is October 3-14.

JOANN 4-H Fundraiser results
During the Spring 2018 JOANN 4-H Paper Clover Fundraiser, Michigan raised a total of  $22,795   to support 4-H, ranking third in the nation. Thirty percent of the funds from the JOANN Paper Clover remained with National 4-H Council to underwrite and kick-off the campaign. The 70% remaining Michigan 4-H distribution will be:
  • 50% to county 4-H programs (11,398).
  • 5% to support 4-H volunteer and teen leadership training/workshops ($1,140).
  • 5% to support 4-H participation fee sponsorships ($1,140).
  • 5% to the State 4-H Office ($1,140).
  • 5% to the Michigan 4-H Foundation ($1,140).
The top 5 Michigan JOANN stores were:
  1. Canton (Wayne)
  2. Ypsilanti (Washtenaw)
  3. Auburn Hills (Oakland)
  4. Taylor (Wayne)
  5. Novi (Oakland)
The top 5 Michigan counties were:
  1. Wayne County
  2. Oakland County
  3. Washtenaw County
  4. Macomb County
  5. Lenawee County
In Macomb County, the following JOANN stores raised a total of $1,324.62:

Chesterfield Township: $132.26
Roseville: $1,115.13
Shelby Township: $77.23

Of the total, $662.32 will remain in Macomb County to support 4-H programming.  

JOANN 4-H Rewards Program: Help 4-H & save!
Save 15 percent with  JOANN 4-H Rewards! Current & lifetime members, parents of members, volunteers and 4-H staff can save 15% off total in-store and online purchases every day with 4-H Rewards. JOANN will give a minimum of 2.5% of every eligible transaction to support 4-H programming.

County Awards: Apply or nominate deserving members, volunteers by Nov. 1
Macomb County 4-H'ers work hard on their projects all year, and the 4-H County Awards Program is one way for them to be recognized for their efforts. Members (and volunteers) can apply or be nominated for a 4-H County Award. Consider applying or nominating a deserving 4-H'er!

Michigan 4-H members who are currently enrolled in a Macomb County 4-H program and are 11 to 19 years of age as of January 1 of the current program year are eligible for the Macomb County 4-H Awards Program. The Macomb County 4-H Awards Program is divided into two age divisions: Junior (4-H ages 11-14) and Senior (4-H ages 15-19). The purpose of this awards program is to recognize Macomb County 4-H youth for engaging in rich learning experiences that result in outstanding knowledge and life-skill development.
It's worth it! After participating in the County 4-H Awards Program youth will:
  • Learn to better communicate and articulate their accomplishments on professional applications such as scholarships, college entrance applications, résumés and cover letters for employment
  • Have more experience and be better able to communicate during job interviews
  • Build long-lasting friendships and establish connections with industry and academic leaders
  • Be encouraged to set new goals, continue building skills and assets, and broaden interests
  • Be eligible to apply for State 4-H awards
County Awards applications must be returned to the Macomb County MSU Extension 4-H Office or be postmarked by November 1st. Forms are available online at  http://msue.macombgov.org/MSUE-4H-Resources-Forms. For more information about the 4-H County Awards Program, contact Macomb County 4-H Program Coordinator Lizz Duran at 586-469-6090.

2018 4-H Fair Theme: 4-H is the Happiest Place on Earth
Other Local News & Events
Armada Fair News
Rabbit & Poultry Tagging:  Rabbit and Poultry Tagging is July 15, 2018 at the Armada Fairgrounds in Armada. Please direct any questions to the Armada Fair Office, 586-784-5488.

Thank you: 4-H groups, thank you for your help in cleaning the fairgrounds on June 10th! 

Fair Set-Up: Fair set-up is July 29 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Armada Fairgrounds in Armada. Lunch will be provided by the Macomb County MSU Extension 4-H Office.

Source: Armada Fair Newsletter, June 2018

Show Cattle Camp - July 7
Beef Blast invites you to a day at "Show Cattle Camp" on Saturday, July 7, 2018 to begin planning your strategy for county fair stalls and getting your packing list ready. The focus will be on county fair prep.  Animals will be weighed, records completed and questions about participant livestock projects answered.  See the flyer for times and additional information.

Master Gardener Program
Become a Master Gardener! This 14-week training provides in-depth education in many aspects of horticulture, including trees and shrubs, flowers, fruits, vegetables, soil, water, pests, indoor plants, lawns and more. After completing 40 hours of volunteer community service, participants earn their Extension Master Gardener certification, a widely recognized designation. 

Dates: Tuesday, August 14 - November 20, 2018 (includes possible make-up date) 
Time: 5:30-9:30 p.m. 
Cost: $325 (Fee includes  $25 for Volunteer Selection Process which includes the background check, and  $300 for training course, which includes the 1,000-page training manual. There are no other out-of-pocket costs).
Location: VerKuilen Building, Assembly Rooms A and B, 21885 Dunham Road, Clinton Township, MI 48036 

Register online at https://events.anr.msu.edu/mgvpmacomb18/. For more information, contact Karen Burke at 586-469-6086 or burkeka9@anr.msu.edu.
Statewide 4-H News
Michigan 4-H encourages sportsmanship, resources available
Michigan 4-H encourages positive behavior and sportsmanship. View the new Michigan 4-H video about the importance of sportsmanship online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAo-RsguQSk , and find additional resources at msue.anr.msu.edu/resources/competitive_event_resources .

Did you know? Michigan 4-H Youth Development awards a Michigan 4-H Animal Science Sportsperson of the Year Award . If you know of an adult or youth that has exemplified the definition of good sportsmanship in the 4-H animal science project areas, please consider nominating them by October 1.

Michigan 4-H and FFA Livestock Judging Contest - July 12
The 2018 Michigan 4-H/FFA Livestock Judging Contest will be held on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at the MSU Pavilion. The registration and information for the 2018 State 4-H/FFA Livestock Judging Contest will soon be available at  http://www.canr.msu.edu/4_h_animal_evaluation/index . Registrations and entry forms are due July 2, 2018.
In the livestock judging contest, participants can enhance their livestock evaluation and selection skills, as well as improve their communication and decision making skills. This contest will include both individual and team competition. Participants will place eight classes including beef cattle, boer goats, sheep and swine. The contest will also include oral reasons or questions on one class each of beef, sheep and swine and one additional class will be designated as a question class for all contestants.
Awards will be presented to all age divisions. The state winning Senior 4-H Division team will compete at the American Royal Contest and the top 20 Senior 4-H Division contestants will have the opportunity to compete for 8 spots to represent Michigan 4-H at one of two national contests.
This contest is held in conjunction with the Michigan Livestock Expo and participants who are also exhibiting at the Expo are eligible for educational scholarships based on their judging contest and showmanship placings. For more information, visit http://msue.anr.msu.edu/resources/michigan_4_h_ffa_livestock_judging_contest or contact Carla McLachlan at 517-432-5402 or mclachl2@msu.edu.

The Great Dairy Adventure -- July 18
Learn about the dairy industry in Michigan while enjoying free ice cream! Registration is not required for this family-friendly event, held at the MSU Pavilion in East Lansing on July 18, 2018.  For more information, visit  http://msue.anr.msu.edu/events/the_great_dairy_adventure.

Michigan 4-H Takes on Comerica Park!
Michigan 4-H Day at Comerica Park, July 28, 2018. Come cheer on the Tigers as they play the Cleveland Indians while you support Michigan 4-H! First pitch is at 6:10pm. Packages include a 
ticket to the game, a Detroit Tigers/4-H T-shirt, and a $5 donation to the Michigan 4-H Foundation. https://www.mlb.com/tigers/tickets/specials/michigan-4hContact 4-H Program Coordinator 
Katelyn Burns at (586) 469-5979 for more information.

Teen Spokesperson Training - July 31

Build your public speaking skills, learn dining etiquette and practice interviewing at the Michigan 4-H Teen Spokesperson Training on July 31.
This communications workshop is designed for 4-H members, teen leaders, ambassadors and community issue advocates that want to better themselves.
The training will be at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan. Registration is required by July 20 and available at  https://events.anr.msu.edu/TeenSpokesperson18/
Partial scholarships and possibly transportation are available to Macomb County participants. Contact Kathy Jamieson at jamies13@anr.msu.edu for more information.

Michigan 4-H Health and Food Science Camp -- August 1
The Michigan 4-H Health and Food Science Camp, a statewide event at MSU in East Lansing, is now a one-day experience that will teach youth about food science, nursing, mental health and physical health. Register by July 13 at  https://events.anr.msu.edu/healthcamp2018/.

4-H State Shooting Sports Tournament - August 4
  Test your shooting sports skills and earn recognition with other 4-H members from across the state at the 2018 4-H State Shooting Sports Tournament on August 4.
4-H members can participate in BB gun, air rifle, skeet, target archery and more. New to 2018, members can also compete in the hunting and wildlife division.
The tournament takes place at Blue Water Sportsman's Association of St. Clair County.  Registration is available until July 15 at https://www.canr.msu.edu/4_h_state_shooting_sports_tournament/.

Accessing and Applying for Student Loans - August 10
Accessing and applying for Student Loans, a one-hour online class from 12-1 p.m. on August 10, 2018, will cover the basics of understanding student loans. This session will address: 
  • How to prepare financially for college
  • What does the FAFSA and Financial Aid process look like?
  • How to choose which loans to utilize
The class is free and will be held via Zoom. It is recommended that you have a microphone and webcam, but it is not necessary.

2018 Michigan State 4-H Dog Show - August 11
Compete in agility, obedience, rally, brace, team and showmanship classes at the 2018 Michigan State 4-H Dog Show at MSU on August 11th. Cloverbud classes are also available. Register by July 25 at  https://events.anr.msu.edu/4HDogShow18/ .

Understanding Repayment Options for Student Loans - August 17
Understanding Repayment Options for Student Loans, a free one-hour online class from 12-1 p.m. on August 17, 2018, will cover strategies to successfully pay down your student loans. This session will address the following areas: 
  • Federal vs. Private Loans
  • Different Repayment Plans
  • Eligibility Guidelines
  • Loan Consolidation Pros and Cons
  • Default/ Non-payment
Register online at https://bit.ly/2KuLb7X. The class will be held via Zoom. It is recommended that you have a microphone and webcam, but it is not necessary.

4-H State Horse Show - August 17-19
For youth over the age of 13, the 4-H State Horse Show at MSU lets 4-H members compete in gymkhana, dressage, trail, showmanship and more. The event is August 17-19, 2018. Register by July 12 at  https://www.canr.msu.edu/events/state-4-h-horse-show .

State 4-H Miniature Horse Show - August 25
Participate in driving, showmanship, pleasure, in-hand poles and more at the State 4-H Miniature Horse Show at the MSU Pavilion on August 25, 2018. Registration must be postmarked by July 12.

MSU Welcome Week 4-H Alumni Reception
Join  MSU  Extension for the second annual  MSU Welcome Week 4-H Alumni Reception on August 27, 2018. If you are a current or former 4-H'er attending  MSU  this fall, stop by the Atrium of the Justin S. Morrill Hall of Agriculture from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for networking and free dinner! Members of the  MSU  Extension staff will be on site to interact with 4-H alums and free pizza and pop will be provided. Come to meet fellow 4-H'ers, network with staff and students and have fun. For more information, contact Jamie Wilson, 517-884-7088 or jmwilson@msu.edu.

Upcoming changes to Michigan 4-H Age Policy
Beginning September 1, 2018, the Michigan 4-H Participant Age Policy will change to reflect a younger beginning age for 4-H members. The new age for 4-H members will be 8 to 19 years old, continuing to use January 1 of the program year as the date of calculation. The 4-H  cloverbud experience will remain available to youth ages 5-7.

This policy change is being implemented by MSU Extension after lengthy consultation with early childhood and Michigan 4-H youth development staff, as well as careful consideration of research regarding youth and competition. Furthermore, it will move Michigan 4-H into alignment with counterparts across the country, including National 4-H.

As always, age appropriateness and safety will remain a top consideration for 4-H
programming areas and Michigan 4-H will continue to support minimum age limits for certain learning environments that may not be appropriate for children 8 years of age. Additionally, individual county 4-H programs with MSU Extension will also retain their right to determine the beginning age for 4-H involvement within that county.

For more information on the 4-H Participant Age Policy, visit http://msue.anr.msu.edu/resources/michigan_4_h_participant_age_policy1 . For questions regarding the Cloverbud age, visit  http://msue.anr.msu.edu/resources/michigan_4_h_cloverbud_frequently_asked_questions .

Michigan Youth Institute: Building Young Food Leaders
Author: Alex Tekip

There's no minimum age for making a difference. The Michigan Youth Institute, a yearly event held at Michigan State University (MSU), encourages students in grades 8-12 to research and share solutions to global food security issues, giving them the skills and confidence so that they can influence resolutions for such problems.
There's no minimum age for making a difference. The Michigan Youth Institute, a yearly  event held at Michigan State University (MSU), encourages students in grades 
8-12 to  research and share solutions to global food security issues, giving them the skills and  confidence so that they can influence resolutions for such problems.

"The idea of it is to engage Michigan youth as active global citizens in understanding and  solving critical global challenges, especially as they relate to food security, and to provide opportunities for young people to explore academic and career pathways to end global  hunger, poverty and other interrelated challenges," said Brian Wibby, MSU Extension  educator and co-director of the Michigan Youth Institute.

This year's Michigan Youth Institute took place on May 10. A total of 54 students from  around  the state participated in the event, which, for the first time, was split between two  sites: MSU's  main campus in East Lansing and the MSU Upper Peninsula Research and  Extension Center  in Chatham. Students, MSU experts and facilitators at the two sites  communicated via video conference. The MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources,  MSU International Studies  and Programs, MSU Extension, Michigan 4-H and Michigan FFA sponsored the event.

Participants in the Michigan Youth Institute are asked to select a food security issue and developing country from a predetermined list. The students write an essay about how their chosen issue affects citizens in that country. They discuss their essays in roundtable format, where they engage in conversation designed to help them think deeper about their topic.

The Michigan Youth Institute is part of the World Food Prize's Global Youth Institute, a three-day summit that occurs every October in Des Moines, Iowa. Selected students from the Michigan Youth Institute are chosen as delegates for the Global Youth Institute based on essay scores given by the World Food Prize board of reviewers, feedback from MSU experts during the event and their level of interest.

Although it's an honor and achievement to represent Michigan at the Global Youth Institute, the goal isn't to foster competition - it's to teach the value of meaningful, purpose-driven conversation.

"What we hope that they get out of the experience is some  communication,
critical thinking, and learning from other people, but in the end, being able to have
a conversation with other people around topics that are important, and really
delving into how can they make a difference in this whole picture of global food," said Betty Jo Krosnicki, an MSU Extension educator who co-directed the 2018 event along with Wibby.

Calendars of Events

Macomb County 4-H Events

July 1
Top 4-H'er application deadline

July 9
Expansion & Review Meeting
6:30 p.m., MSU Extension, VerKuilen Building, Clinton Township

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

July 18
Rocketry Flight #1
6 p.m., Ray Township Park, Ray Township

July 21
4-H Youth Chopped!
Details TBA

July 25
Rocketry Flight #2
6 p.m., Ray Township Park, Ray Township

July 25
Money Smart Business
1-3 p.m., MSU Extension, Max Thompson Family Resource Center, Warren

July 25
Teen Spokesperson
Details TBA

August 8
Build Your Future
Details TBA

September 9
Photo Voice
Details TBA

September 15
State Awards Training
Details TBA

November 3
Club Officer Training
Details TBA

Other Local Events
July 7
8 a.m.-12 p.m., Brown City Elevator, Brown City

July 15
Rabbit and Poultry Tagging
10 a.m.-Noon, Armada Fairgrounds, Armada

July 29
Armada Fair Set-Up
10 a.m.-2 p.m., Armada Fairgrounds, Armada

August 12-19
Armada Fair, Armada

Statewide 4-H Events 
July 10
12-1 p.m., Online 

July 12
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing

July 18
MSU, East Lansing

July 28
Comerica Park, Detroit

July 31
Suburban Collection Showcase, Novi

August 1
MSU, East Lansing

August 4
Blue Water Sportsmen's Association, St. Clair County

August 10
12-1 p.m., Online

August 11
MSU, East Lansing

August 17
12-1 p.m., Online

August 17-19
MSU, East Lansing

August 25
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing

August 27
5:30-7:30, Justin S. Morrill Hall of Agriculture, MSU, East Lansing

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