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  June 29, 2016    
Macomb County 4-H News & Events

Youth Council Fundraiser Training coming in July
Fair is almost here, and the Macomb County 4-H Youth Council Coffee Cart will be open again! Training will take place on July 21st at the Camp Rotary Activity Building. A brief Youth Council meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. with training immediately following. Each club is required to have a representative present, but it does not necessarily have to be the leader. Please R.S.V.P. with the name of your club's representative to gottadancegirl@gmail.com.
Submitted by Maggie Bohm, President
Macomb County 4-H Youth Council 

Armada Fair Youth Organizations Entry Book Changes
There have been changes to the 2016 Armada Fair Youth Organizations Entry Book. Updates have been made in the Saddle Horse Department.

Fair Books and Entry Forms Available
Armada Fair Books and forms are now available for leaders to pick up at the Armada Fair Office, 74280 Fair Street, Armada. Registration and fee information can be found on page 5 of the 2016 Armada Fair Youth Organizations Entry Book
Youth Organization entry forms must be brought to the Fair Office by the LEADER ONLY between June 1, 2016 and June 30, 2016. No mailed forms will be accepted. Online entries are new this year. No entry will be processed until all fees are paid. No late entries will be accepted. Early removal of any exhibits will result in forfeiture of prize money and/or a one year suspension from the Armada Fair. Contact the Armada Fair Office at 586-784-5488 with any questions.

Fair Clean-Up/Set-Up and Judging Dates Set: Volunteers needed before and during Armada Fair
Leaders, it's time to line up your club helpers for pre-fair and fair dates! Please review the Armada Agricultural Society's contract with the Macomb County 4-H Youth Council. It includes 4-H club member, leader and volunteer requirements and states the times, shows, etc. where help is needed.  

Fair set-up and clean-up is July 24th from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Armada Fairgrounds in Armada. Volunteers will be setting up and cleaning up Barn #12. 

Sunday Judging is August 14th. Each club should be represented. Sign up using the online teen clerk sign-up sheet.

Submit Fair Book change requests by December 12
The Fair Board has notified the MSUE Office that the 4-H program is able to suggest changes, additions or deletions to the 2017 Armada Fair Youth Livestock Book. The Armada Fair Board will be incorporating their own changes to the book. Suggestions for changes are  due to the Armada Fair Office by December 12, 2016. 

As a reminder, the 4-H Program is able to institute changes every three years. The current suggestions will be effective for the 2017 Armada Fair and will remain in effect until after the 2019 Armada Fair.  The next opportunity to change the book will be September-December 2018.

Gold Ribbon Scholarship Program
The Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair Gold Ribbon Scholarship Program  recognizes and celebrates youth participating in Rural and Urban Agriculture development. This year, $40,000 in scholarships will be awarded. Animal/Livestock exhibitors, Home Arts and Agriculture exhibitors, and Urban Farming Youth exhibitors are eligible to compete for a scholarship.

Home Arts and/or Agriculture: Twelve exhibitors in the areas will compete for up to twelve (12) $500 scholarships. Eligible to exhibitors eight (8) years of age and no older than twenty (20) years
of age as of January 1 of the current year.

Animal exhibitors at the Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair in the Beef, Dairy, Sheep, Goat, Swine, Rabbits, Poultry, and Equine areas are eligible to compete for a $1,000 scholarship (8 total
scholarships). Eligible to exhibitors eight (8) years of age and no older than twenty (20) years of age as of January 1 of the current year.

Urban Farming youth from cities of 30,000 people or more are eligible to apply for Scholarships based on their contributions to the production of food in their community. Youth Exhibitor: K-12th
Grade. Youth must be five (5) years of age, but not over twenty (20) years of age as of January 1 of the current year. Date of birth must be on entry form. Open to Michigan youth only.

An exhibitor is only eligible to win one scholarship per year at the Fifth Third Bank Michigan State Fair, but may enter more than one division. 
The application deadline is August 5, 2016. Find out more online at http://www.michiganstatefairllc.com/#!scholarship-programs/c21g8.
Macomb County 4-H Staff
Richard Wooten
District 11 Coordinator
4-H Extension Educator
4-H Mentor Program 
4-H Program Coordinator
4-H Extension Educator
Program Coordinator 
4-H Tech Wizards

4-H Program Coordinator 
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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4-H Stream Wading Workshop - July 9th
Take a dip into Stony Creek at Stony Creek Metropark to explore the underwater community and search for animals that call the creek home. Catch and examine the fish, amphibians and macro invertebrates that are lurking below. The Stream Wading Workshop will begin at Stony Creek Nature Center at Stony Creek Metropark from 10-11:30 a.m. on July 9, 2016. The workshop is free, but the park entry fee is still required at the gate. Bring water shoes or closed-toed shoes, bathing suits to wear in the creek or dry clothes to wear home, and water to drink. Space is limited. Contact Seth Martin at 586-783-8163 or mart1885@anr.msu.edu for more information or to register. 

Summer Day Camps Planned
Summer Camp for youth ages 5-12, hosted by Macomb County MSU Extension Youth Development, will be held at Thompson Community Center in Warren for three weeks: June 27th - July 1st, July 11th - July 15th, August 8th - August 12th. The camp will feature fun, educational activities. 4-H curriculum will be used for all programming. Topics will focus on Healthy Lifestyles (food & nutrition, physical fitness, emotional well-being), Creative Art (arts & crafts, sewing, theatre arts) and STEM (junk drawer robotics, bedtime math). Attend one or all three weeks. The $50 per child per week cost includes breakfast, lunch and snacks. Register online at  http://events.anr.msu.edu/SummerDayCamp2016.

Model Rocketry Classes Open to All 4-H/FFA Students in Macomb County
BEGINNERS (1st year): We will begin building rockets on Wednesday, June 15th at 6 p.m. at the Armada Senior Center. It is located at 75400 North Avenue in Armada - just north of town.. 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).  Contact Nancy Davis at 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!!!  New: 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 as far back as possible due to board meetings.

        1st  Flight  Wednesday, July 13th   6 p.m.
        2nd Flight  Wednesday, July 20th   6 p.m.
        3rd  Flight  Wednesday, July 27th,  6 p.m.
        4th Flight, Wednesday, August 3rd  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

Visit the 4-H Display at the Warren Community Historical Museum
A historical display entitled "4-H Past, Present & Future" is at the Warren Community Historical Museum, inside the Warren Community Center, from through August. Visitors will see items on loan from the MSU Museum's 4-H History Collection, from past and present Macomb County 4-H'ers and the Armada Agricultural Society. The Warren Historical Museum is at the Warren Community Center, 5460 Arden Avenue, Warren. 

Clinic Participants Learn about Poultry, Rabbits and Goats 

The Macomb County 4-H Youth Council hosted a 4-H Small Animal Clinic at the Armada Fairgrounds, immediately following the swine, goat and lamb tagging on Sunday, June 5th. The event was a great success with nearly 20 4-H members and their families from Macomb and
St. Clair counties in attendance. Participants learned from three groups of presenters covering poultry, rabbits and goats. Presenters did an excellent job teaching participants what they need to know about animal health and wellness, showmanship, and other topics. To wrap up, Michigan State University Extension employees gave a fun and interactive program about zoonotic diseases that included hands-on activities and games. Thank you to all the volunteers and the Macomb County 4-H Youth 
Council for putting on a great clinic for
our community!

(Left) Sarah and Heather Prohaszka and Lori Clough (School Section) covered poultry. Carlie and Cidnee Schramm (K-9 & Kompany) discussed rabbits, and Mike, Lori, Elisabeth, Emily and Kaele Polzin (School Section) talked about goats at the  Youth Council's 
4-H Small Animals Clinic.

Have 4-H, Will Travel: Sanilac County Wins Bus Ad

The 4-H youth and volunteers in Sanilac County recently won a Facebook contest and earned a bus wrap for the next year. Be sure to watch for it if you're up that way!

How many innovative ways to promote 4-H in Macomb County can you think of?

Information and photo courtesy of Colleen Wallace,
Sanilac County 4-H Program Coordinator

Other Local News & Events
Tractor Supply Company Seeks Vendors
Tractor Supply Company (TSC) in New Haven is looking for vendors for an outdoor event called Market Days on  July 9, 2016.  This is a great opportunity to display your goods and promote your business in a high traffic area!  If you have vegetables, flowers, art, jewelry, animal products, soaps or other items for sale, contact Frank at (586) 749-6162 about setting up a booth.  See you at the Market!

FTC Targets Student Loan Scams
Federal student tax? No such thing.  Imposters posing as IRS agents are trying to trick college students into paying a "federal student tax" - a tax that doesn't even exist. 
If you get one of these calls, what do you do? Well, first, know this: No one from the IRS will ever ask you to wire money, or pay by sending iTunes gift cards or reloadable prepaid cards. That's a scam, every time.
Student debt relief schemes targeted by FTC:   The FTC recently announced lawsuits  against two student loan debt relief schemes, and a settlement with a third. The companies promised to get people's loans forgiven or significantly reduced, but after people paid, they didn't get the promised relief.
To help borrowers looking for help with their student loan debt - and looking to avoid a scam - the FTC has new education materials to help borrowers:
  • Student Loan Debt Relief explains how to spot a debt relief scheme, and what people struggling with student loans can do themselves.
  • Maria and Rafael Learn the Signs of a Debt Relief Scam tells the story of a couple trying to repay debt they accumulated for their daughter's college education. It's the latest in a series of graphic novels to raise awareness about scams targeting Latino communities.
  • This list shows every company and individual ever banned from providing debt relief and mortgage assistance relief services by an FTC order.
Please post, link to, adapt, or share these materials however you can. You also can order free copies of the Spanish-language version of the fotonovela at ftc.gov/bulkorder.

Metroparks need volunteers for Visitor Count Day
Huron-Clinton Metroparks need your help to count park visitors! Volunteers will count park visitors at strategic trail entry points and/or facilities. Volunteers are asked to commit to a 2 hour shift on a Wednesday and/or Saturday in July. Volunteers will receive information regarding their specific assignment and location and will be asked to turn in the count sheet at the Park Office after their shift.    

Volunteers are needed at each of the Metroparks: Lake St. Clair Metropark (Harrison Township), Wolcott Mill Metropark (Ray), Stony Creek (Shelby Township), Indian Springs (White Lake), Kensington (Milford), Huron Meadows (Brighton), Hudson Mills Metropark (Dexter), Dexter-Huron Metropark (Ann Arbor), Delhi Metropark (Dexter), Lower Huron Metropark (Belleville), Willow Metropark (New Boston), Oakwoods (New Boston), Lake Erie (Brownstown). Sign up online at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a49a8a72ca7f49-park or contact Katie Kowalski, Volunteer Services Supervisor, at (810) 494-6020 with your preferred dates (Wednesdays, 4-6 p.m. and Saturdays, 10-noon in July) and preferred park location.

4-H Build a Million Webinar - July 20
A Lunch and Learn Webinar featuring 4-H Build A Million curriculum is being offered July 20, 2016 from 12-1 p.m. This FREE curriculum is designed for adult volunteers, parents, financial professionals and others to use in working with young people ages 14-18 years old. During this interactive hour participants will be engaging in activities from this personal finance investment curriculum. Register by July 19, 2016 at http://events.anr.msu.edu/BuildAMillion2016/. For more information contact: Kathy Jamieson, jamies13@anr.msu.edu, or Bev Przystas, przystas@anr.msu.edu.

Movies at the MSU Detroit Center
Come to the MSU Detroit Center for Free Monday Movies! Watch a film and take part in a follow-up conversation. Movies to be shown are:

July 25 Disappearing Voices: The Decline of Black Radio
August 22 Detroit Minds Dying
September 26 Project: ICE
October 24 A Place at the Table
November 21 The Man Who Stopped the Desert

Free and secure parking are available in the MSU lot on Stimson Street between Woodward and Cass. These gatherings are designed to celebrate the connections between health, agriculture, food security, the economy, community and earth. Call 313-578-9708 for more information.

State urges travelers to leave firewood at home
As the summer travel season begins, the Michigan departments of Agriculture and Natural Resources remind vacationers to leave firewood at home to prevent the spread of invasive tree insects and diseases.  Details: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MIDNR/bulletins/150bdd3
Morton Arboretum Tree Selector Tool
Find trees that thrive in areas based on your location, site conditions, and preferences to get a side-by-side comparison for choosing the best tree for your circumstances.

Bikes for the Homeless
Your old bikes can open doors for the homeless. Bring bikes that are collecting dust but in good riding condition to Twelfth Street Missionary Baptist Church, 1840 Midland, Detroit from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on July 9, 2016, or contact 313-397-9093 or twelfthstreetfoodpantry@comcast.net before July 9th to arrange for pick-up. Click here for an event flyer.
4-H Calendars of Events
Macomb County 4-H Events

July 9
10 a.m., Stony Creek Metropark, Shelby Township

July 9
Macomb County 4-H Mini-Horse Show
Camp Rotary, Ray Township

July 11-15
9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, Thompson Community Center, Warren

July 21
Macomb County 4-H Youth Council Meeting
6:30 p.m., Camp Rotary, Ray Township

July 21
Macomb County 4-H Youth Council Fundraiser Training
Camp Rotary, Ray Township (after the 4-H Youth Council meeting)

July 24
Armada Fair Clean-up/Set-up
10 a.m.-2 p.m., Armada Fairgrounds, Armada

August 8-12
9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, Thompson Community Center, Warren

August 14
Armada Fair Sunday Judging
Armada Fairgrounds, Armada

September 1
4-H member enrollment/re-enrollment begins for 2016-17

Other Local Events

July 9
TSC Market Days
Tractor Supply Company, New Haven

July 20

July 25
Free Monday Movie - Disappearing Voices: The Decline of Black Radio
MSU Detroit Center, Detroit

August 15-21
Armada Fairgrounds, Armada

August 22
  Free Monday Movie - Detroit Minds Dying
MSU Detroit Center, Detroit

  Free Monday Movie - Project: ICE
MSU Detroit Center, Detroit

October 24
  Free Monday Movie - A Place at the Table
MSU Detroit Center, Detroit

November 21
Free Monday Movie - The Man Who Stopped the Desert
MSU Detroit Center, Detroit

Statewide 4-H Events

July 14
Anthony Hall, MSU, East Lansing

July 18
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, East Lansing
July 18-22
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing
July 20
Barry County Fair, Barry Expo Center, Hastings
July 22
Anthony Hall, MSU, East Lansing

July 22-24 
4-H Mentoring Weekend
Kettunen Center, Tustin

July 23
9 a.m., Northwestern Michigan Fairgrounds, Traverse City

July 24
Northwestern Michigan Fairgrounds, Traverse City

July 31-August 6
Camp Chickagami, Presque Isle
August 2-4
Shaw Hall, Michigan State University
August 6
Centerline of Calhoun County, Bellevue
August 13
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing
August 19-21
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing

August 22
Bridge Vista Hotel, Mackinac City
August 27
South Barn, MSU Pavilion, East Lansing

August 27-28
Northwestern Michigan Fairgrounds, Traverse City

October 29-30
Kettunen Center, Tustin

For the most up-to-date events listing, go to http://4h.msue.msu.edu/events
Statewide 4-H News
Events Coming Soon or With Nearing Registration Deadlines

4-H Robotics Challenge
If you love robotics or have county robotics teams, showcase your engineering skills in a two-hour, real-time robotics (LEGO advanced Mindstorms and Junk Drawer) design challenge. Teams will design, build and program a robot to complete challenges.
Who: 3- to 5-member robotics teams (aged 9 to 19 as of January 1, 2016). At least 1 team member must be an enrolled 4-H member.
When and Where: July 20, Barry County Fair, Barry Expo Center, Hastings 
Registration: As a team, select the challenge and division you want to participate in. Complete and return the Team Roster Form with the registration fee ($20 per team) to the Barry County MSU Extension Office by July 1.
Sources of More Information*
4-H Teen Spokesperson Training
Tell the world about the amazing things Michigan 4-H members are doing! Workshop includes: social media, creating dynamic messages about 4-H, planning for an interview and practicing public speaking.
Who: Enrolled 12- to 19-year-old (as of January 1, 2016) 4-H members, and adults providing transportation
When and Where: July 18 (East Lansing) and August 22 (Mackinac City)
Cost: $15 per person
Registration: Online by the deadline given on the web site.
Sources of More Information*

Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports Tournament
Sometimes referred to as the "4-H State Shoot," this event allows Michigan 4-H shooting sports members the opportunity to test their skills and earn recognition.
Who: 9- to 19-year-old (as of January 1, 2016) Michigan 4-H members, enrolled in a shooting sports group
When and Where: August 6, Centerline of Calhoun County, Bellevue
Cost: $30 per person
Registration: Online  by July 13.
Sources of More Information*
National 4-H Congress
This five-day educational gathering includes workshops on topics such as leadership development, character education, workforce preparation, science and technology, and communication-skills development.
Who: 4-H members aged 15 to 19 (as of January 1, 2016)
When and Where: November 25- 29, Hyatt Regency, Atlanta, Georgia
Registration: Counties identify their delegates. Interested 4-H members should contact 4-H staff in their local MSU Extension office.
Cost: The cost (including airfare, registration fee, lodging, a tour, baggage fees, snacks, most meals, two shirts and a photograph) is approximately $1,500 per person. 
Sources of More Information*
*Also 4-H staff in your local MSU Extension office