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 June 2018     
Macomb County 4-H News & Events
4-H Lake to Table - June 23
Go fish! The 4-H Lake to Table event is from 1:30-5 p.m. on 
June 23, 2018 at Happy Day Fishing Camp, 9082 Big Hand Road, Columbus Township, Mich. Come enjoy the outdoors and learn a bit about fishing with 4-H! This hands-on event is open to Macomb County and St. Clair County 4-H members ages 9-19. All equipment will be supplied. Participants will learn to fish from a boat, process their catch, cook and taste the fish that is caught, and learn knife sharpening. A guest speaker from the Department of Natural Resources will discuss fishing ethics. A nature hike will round out the day.

The cost is $5 per person. All youth must have a responsible adult present. Limited spots are available, so don't wait to register! Pre-register no later than Friday, June 15th by sending registration form ( https://bit.ly/2x2dJjI ) and payment to St. Clair County MSU Extension, 200 Grand River Avenue, #102, Port Huron MI 48060. Please make your check payable to SCC 4-H Council.

For more information, contact St. Clair County 4-H Program Coordinator Lori Warchuck, (810) 989-6935, OR Macomb County 4-H Program Coordinator Seth Martin, (586) 783-8163.

4-H Day Camp - June 25-29
Are you or someone you know looking for a summer day camp? Sparty Kids Summer Camp, hosted by MSU Extension, is 
June 25-29, 2018 at the Max Thompson Family Resource Center, 11370 Hupp Avenue, Warren, MI 48089. Campers ages 5-12 will meet from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily to experience fun, educational activities. Aftercare will be available for an additional fee of $10 per hour per child until 5 p.m. Prior arrangements and cash payments are necessary for aftercare. An event flyer is online at https://bit.ly/2KnjxWU . For more information or to register, visit https://events.anr.msu.edu/spartykidssummercamp1/ or call 
(586) 469-7614.

Summer Discovery Cruise: 
Great Lakes Science for Kids
On Tuesday, June 26, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. at Lake St. Clair Metropark, c ome and learn about Lake St. Clair while being out 
on the lake! Use the tools of a Great Lakes scientist to study aquatic plant and animal life. This is a 4-H family event. It's open 
to ages 7 and up and costs $10/person plus park entry fee. Participants must R.S.V.P to 4-H Program Coordinator Katelyn Burns at (586) 469-5979. For more information, visit  https://bit.ly/2FIsF5z.

Exploration Days Orientation
All 4-H Exploration Days participants and chaperones are required to attend an Exploration Days Orientation. Macomb County has two scheduled:
Orientation #1:
June 5, 2018
6 p.m.
VerKuilen Building
21885 Dunham Road, Assembly Rooms A & B
Clinton Township, MI 48036
Orientation #2:
June 6, 2018
6 p.m.
Max Thompson Family Resource Center
11370 Hupp Avenue
Warren, MI 48089
Call 586-469-6431 or email macomb.4h@macombgov.org to R.S.V.P. for one of these orientations.

Exploration Days reminder: Please pay any balances owed and turn in any requested forms as soon as possible. Participants were mailed information in mid-May. MSU requested all signed authorization forms from county offices by May 27th and balance payments by June 1st. 

Forms and balance payments should be returned to Macomb County MSU Extension, Attn: 4-H Exploration Days, 21885 Dunham Road, Suite 12, Clinton Township, MI 48036. Please make checks out to MSU Extension. Credit card payments may be made in person or by phone.  If you have any questions, please contact Macomb County MSU Extension 4-H staff at 586-469-6431 or macomb.4h@macombgov.org

Exploration Days Scavenger Hunt: Love scavenger hunts? 
Want a chance to win great prizes? This year's Exploration Days participants can join in on the money scavenger hunt during Exploration Days, GooseChase! The scavenger hunt will open 
on Friday, June 15 at 10 a.m. and close Thursday, June 21 at 
11 p.m. Download the GooseChase app (follow QR code on the flyer) and search for "4-H Expo Days Scavenger Hunt" and enter the password Money18 to join the game. Questions? Contact Laurie Rivetto at rivettol@msu.edu or 734-727-7234.
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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Farm Bureau 4-H Grant Program applications accepted through June 1st
Attention Macomb County 4-H Leaders and Members:
Macomb County Farm Bureau is offering grants to your 4-H clubs that are looking to bring leadership and agricultural programs to their clubs!
Looking to bring in a vet to speak on livestock care?
Wanting to increase your clubs public speaking skills?
Ever wonder about what careers are available to those in agriculture and the food industry, and want to bring in an expert?
Do you wonder what judges are looking for and want to bring some to your club to speak?
These are just a few ideas, and we know our youth of 4-H have many more great ideas that are agriculture related and wish they had the funds to do it!
Applications are online at  https://bit.ly/2H7UM3v. Please take the time to talk about this opportunity with your club and get your applications submitted by June 1, 2018.
Thank you,
Amanda Kutchey
Macomb County 4-H Alumni
Macomb County Farm Bureau President
Model Rocketry Classes Open to All 4-H/FFA Students in Macomb County
BEGINNERS (1st year): We will begin building rockets on Wednesday, June 20th at 6 p.m. at the
Armada Fairgrounds in the Grange Hall. The grange is located at 74280 Fair Street in Armada - just north  of town. Please use the Main Street entrance.  Bring Skill Level 1 rocket kit and white glue. Parents should plan on staying to supervise those  members under age 12. NOTE: DO NOT BRING ANY OF THE FOLLOWING TO THIS CLASS: paint,  engines.  THIS IS A MANDATORY MEETING FOR 1st year ROCKETRY students who want to take  rocketry with Mrs. Davis (even if you took rocketry through another organization). Call Nancy Davis 586-784- 9410. SHE WILL NEED AN EMAIL ADDRESS TO SEND INFORMATION TO YOU.  PLEASE SEND  YOUR NAME, AGE, PHONE NUMBER, AND EMAIL ADDRESS TO davis_lighthouse@att.net. Please  R.S.V.P. at least 24 hours in advance.

YOU MUST ATTEND AT LEAST ONE FLIGHT DAY!!! We will not automatically be at the park on
flight days. We will only be there if you called and notified Mrs. Davis at least 24 hours in advance.

TO ALL ROCKET MEMBERS: 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 18th   6 p.m.
      2nd Flight  Wednesday, July 25th   6 p.m.
You may bring rockets from prior years to fly, but they will not be eligible to show at the fair.
Submitted by Nancy Davis, 4-H Volunteer

Local 4-H family & MSUE staff member talk about raising poultry
Macomb County 4-H is mentioned, and 4-H Program Coordinator Seth Martin and the Dillingham family of School Section 4-H Club  are  quoted in a Spring 2018 Macomb Now Magazine article about raising chickens. Read it here:  https://bit.ly/2J5LiTm . For more information about the 4-H poultry project in Macomb County, contact 4-H Program Coordinator Seth Martin , 586-783-8163.

2018 4-H Fair Theme: 4-H is the Happiest Place on Earth

Other Local News & Events
Armada Fair News
Animal Tagging : Animal taggings listed below will take place at the Armada Fairgrounds 
in Armada.  Please direct any questions to the Armada Fair Office, 586-784-5488.
  • Swine Tagging: June 3, 2018 - 8 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
  • Lamb, Goat, & Prospect Beef: June 3, 2018 - 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Rabbit & Poultry: July 15, 2018
Armada Fair Clean-Up : 4-H clubs are encouraged to help clean and set up the fairgrounds on June 10, 2018. This will take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Lunch will be provided by Armada Fair.

4-H & Open Book : The 2018 4-H & Open Books are available online. The Armada Fair will be accepting  online entries for 4-H and Open Classes beginning June 1, 2018.  

Effective as of 2020, the Armada Agricultural Society will no longer accept paper
applications for 4-H Youth Exhibitors and Open Exhibitors. Exhibitors are encouraged to
transition to the fair's online system in the coming years. The online system will be up and
running at the beginning of June 2018. In 2017, the system was integrated with great
success. Computers or tablets will be available in the Armada Fair Office for those
requiring assistance with the system. If you have any questions, please contact the Armada Fair Office at  office@armadafair.org .

Please contact the Armada Fair Office if you would like to receive a physical copy of the
2018 Open Fair Book: office@armadafair.org.

Miss Armada Queen and Court:  Alexandra Reschke was chosen to be the next Miss Armada. Reschke will be supported by her court members, Joanie Seefried and Bethany Ruczynski . Ruczynski is a member of Alarro 4-H Club.

Source: Armada Fair Newsletters (March 2018 and May 2018)

2018 Summer Discovery Cruises registration is now open!
Do you want to learn about the Great Lakes by being on the Great Lakes?  If so, you 'll want to learn more about our 201 8 Summer Discovery Cruises ( www.discoverycruises.org ) season!  For the 1 7 th summer, Michigan Sea Grant Extension will provide Michiganders and visitors to Michigan with the opportunity to learn about the Great Lakes by being on the Great Lakes. Cruises depart from both Lake Erie Metropark and Lake St. Clair Metropark.  The 2018 season offers more than 20 educational cruises around themes such as Fisheries, Wildlife, Wetlands, Shipwrecks, Lighthouses, Weather, Shipping and more. Some of the exciting cruises for the 2018 season include:
Lake St. Clair Fisheries - This is not a fishing cruise, but it definitely is a "fishy" cruise! Learn first-hand about the fish that are found in Lake St. Clair, many of which are available for hands-on examination during the cruise. We will be joined by a Michigan DNR Fisheries Biologist and rendezvous with their research vessel while out on the lake to observe fish tagging, measuring and other research operations.
Research and Restoration - A great number of scientific research and conservation efforts are taking place on Lake St. Clair and in its wetlands, ranging from fish to birds and invasive species to water quality. Join us on this cruise to observe Lake St. Clair marsh restoration, learn about the HEART lab (Huron to Erie Alliance for Research and Training) and its activities, and travel out to the Old South Channel Range Lights to see how restoration of the lighthouses has created an ideal nesting island for the threatened Common Tern.
Warfare on the Waterfront - The War of 1812, World War II, and even the American Civil War have all shaped the Detroit River and western Lake Erie.  Long after the end of hostilities, remnants of this military presence can still be found. Join an Interpreter for an in-depth look at these conflicts, their sites and stories, and see how they impacted the region and the world.
Shipwreck at Sugar - Just under the waves off a crumbling Sugar Island dock lie the remains of a vessel sank in 1945. Travel with our resident historian to the wreck site to learn about the S.S. Seabreeze, the story of how it got there and the circumstances surrounding its mysterious sinking.
Birds, Boats & Booze (4 hour history cruise) - Many things brought people to the St. Clair River Delta Flats area. The abundant wetlands brought duck hunters and fishing. Wood boats and passenger steamers brought tourism and recreation, and Prohibition brought rumrunners and speakeasies to the region. Spend a little more time in "the flats" with us as we cruise farther up the South Channel and share a little of the past including stories of the big hotels, Tashmoo Park, Chris Craft boat building and more.
Great Lakes Science for Kids - Learn about the ecology of Lake St. Clair or Lake Erie, by using the tools a Great Lakes Scientist uses to determine water quality by studying the plants and animals of the lakes. Try your hand at using a plankton net, bottom dredge, water testing kit, underwater camera, and binoculars to discover the exciting nature of the lake and become a Great Lakes Scientist!

To learn about the Great Lakes by being on the Great Lakes, visit the Summer Discovery Cruises website at www.discoverycruises.org for complete cruise descriptions, locations, dates and times, as well as directions on how to register for your 2018 Summer Discovery Cruises. Don't miss the boat!
Statewide 4-H News
Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports Tournament - August 4
Registration for the  2018 4-H State Shooting Sports Tournament is now open. This year's event will be held at Bluewater Sportsman's Association in St. Clair County on August 4, 2018. Complete event details, rules and regulations can be found at this link:  https://www.canr.msu.edu/4_h_state_shooting_sports_tournament/. Please read these documents carefully so you have a complete understanding of the state shoot and the registration process. 
This process is the same as last year.  Attached are some important documents to help you with registration:

1) Instructor letter with registration details and handout for county participants.
2) General Rules with details of the tournament deadlines, cost, eligibility and volunteer information.
NEW this year, is the addition of a new event, featuring the Hunting & Wildlife discipline! Encourage your youth to test their skill at Michigan wildlife identification!
Registration for event contestants and volunteers is online and found at: https://events.anr.msu.edu/shoot18/. Registration closes July 15, 2018.
Payment is with a credit card, but special arrangements for payment can be made through Leah Christie at chris483@anr.msu.edu or 517-432-2635. Registration is not complete until event pre-payment is received. Registrations received without completed pre-payment will be cancelled.
You may also find the Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports homepage helpful. It contains information on regional tournaments, certification, re-certification, and soon will have details on regional certification events.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask before completing the registration.
Laura Quist
4-H Program Coordinator, Missaukee County
Michigan 4-H Environmental and Outdoor Education & Shooting Sports

AnimalHealthCkInWebinar2018 Michigan 4-H/MDARD Animal Health Check-In Webinar - June 14
Michigan State University Extension 4-H Youth Development will be hosting Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Veterinarian Dr. Jarold Goodrich in an online webinar to provide education and helpful information for fair and exhibition managers, 4-H Program Coordinators, superintendents and volunteers regarding animal health.  Topics that will be covered are:
  • 2018 Exhibition Requirements,
  • What to look for during animal health checks,
  • Best practices in monitoring animal health during your event, and
  • Any emerging animal health issues that volunteers should be aware of.
The webinar will be held on Thursday, June 14th at 3:30 p.m. The webinar will be recorded and the link will shared with MSU Extension staff if you are unable to view the live session. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Katie Ockert at  ockertka@anr.msu.edu .
To join the webinar from PC, Mac, iOS or Android connect to:  https://msu.zoom.us/j/702570838  
Or join by phone:
    +1 646 876 9923 or +1 669 900 6833 US Toll
    Meeting ID: 702 570 838

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.

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.

4-H/FFA Livestock Judging Contest: Register by July 2
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, contact Carla McLachlan at 517-432-5402 or mclachl2@msu.edu

These recent articles by Educator Kathy Jamieson include helpful information for high schoolers and recent graduates: 

So I am graduating high school, what now?
Apprenticeships are on the rise: Consider this opportunity to earn and learn

Other Statewide Events
Free Fishing Weekend
The 2018 Summer Free Fishing Weekend will be held Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10, 2018. As part of the weekend, all fishing license fees will be waived for two days with residents and out-of-state visitors invited to enjoy fishing on both inland and Great Lakes' waters for all species of fish during their respective open seasons. Please note all other regulations still apply during that time. Find more information at www.michigan.gov/freefishing .

Calendars of Events

Macomb County 4-H Events
June 2
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Max Thompson Family Resource Center, Warren

June 2
Macomb County 4-H Mini/Draft Horse Show
Camp Rotary, Ray Township

June 5
Exploration Days Orientation #1
6 p.m., MSU Extension, Clinton Township

June 6
Exploration Days Orientation
6 p.m., Max Thompson Family Resource Center, Warren

June 9
Macomb County 4-H Mini/Draft Horse Show
Camp Rotary, Ray Township

June 16
Macomb County 4-H Light Horse Show
Camp Rotary, Ray Township

June 20
Rocket Building
6 p.m., Armada Fairgrounds, Armada

June 23
1:30-5 p.m., Happy Day Fishing Camp, Columbus Township

June 23
Macomb County 4-H Light Horse Show (Double Judge)
Camp Rotary, Ray Township

June 25-29
9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, Thompson Family Resource Center, Warren

June 26
Lake St. Clair Metropark, Harrison Township

June 30
Macomb County 4-H Mini/Draft Horse Show
Camp Rotary, Ray Township

July 1
Top 4-H'er application deadline

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

Other Local Events
June 3
Swine Tagging
8-10:30 a.m., Armada Fairgrounds, Armada

June 3
Lamb, Goat & Prospect Beef Tagging
10:30 a.m.-Noon, Armada Fairgrounds, Armada

June 10
Armada Fair Clean-Up
10 a.m.-2 p.m., Armada Fairgrounds, Armada

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 
June 9
Michigan Adventure, Muskegon

June 14

June 20-22
MSU, East Lansing

July 12
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing

July 28
Comerica Park, Detroit

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

Other Statewide Events

June 9-10

National 4-H Events