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October  2016    
Macomb County 4-H News & Events

4-H Club Leader Update - October 18th
The Fall 4-H Club Leader Update will be held at 6:30 p.m. on October 18, 2016 at Camp Rotary, 20505 29 Mile Road, Ray Township. The administrative club leader or a representative from each club should attend to receive important updates and information for the 2016-17 program year. Please R.S.V.P. to macomb.4h@macombgov.org or 586-469-6431 by 5 p.m. on Friday, October 14, 2106.

4-H Enrollment/Re-enrollment for 2016-17
Club Enrollment : Club enrollment information and forms were emailed to administrative 4-H club leaders on September 1, 2016 or will be mailed upon request. Leaders were requested to turn in the following forms to Macomb County MSU Extension, Attn: 4-H, 21885 Dunham Road, Suite 12, Clinton Township, MI 48036 by Friday, September 16th :
The Extension office needs these forms to update 4-H Online BEFORE your club members and volunteers enroll/re-enroll for the new program year. Bylaws , your club roster , club officer list ,   participation fee payments and a copy of your completed insurance form may be turned in later, as soon as you have them. Insurance is optional.

Member Enrollment/Re-enrollment : Once club enrollment information is processed, members and volunteers may enroll/re-enroll through 4-H Online. Instructions are linked to the Michigan 4-H Online login page, https://mi.4honline.com .
  • Returning members with an existing family profile will need to log in to their 4-H Online family profile to access their existing member record. Refer to Re-enrolling through 4-H Online for instructions.
  • New members with an existing family profile will need to log in to their 4-H Online family profile to add a member record. See the 4-H Online Family Guide for instructions.
  • New members without a family profile will need to create a family profile and then add the new member to the profile. Refer to the 4-H Online Family Guide for instructions.
Printed volunteer and member enrollment forms are available from MSU Extension for those who are unable to enroll or re-enroll online. Please note that the volunteer and youth authorization forms were updated on September 8, 2016. Older versions will not be accepted .

If you're a member of the Macomb County 4-H Council or a Macomb County 4-H program committee, don't forget to add that to your enrollment record!

A club member's enrollment will not be approved by MSU Extension until the club is enrolled and his or her participation fee payment and required online or printed authorization form signatures have been received by the county Extension office. Volunteers should not enroll online until they have completed the 4-H volunteer selection process (VSP).

Deadlines : Please be aware that the November 1st re-enrollment deadline date is being reviewed and may change . This and other important topics will be discussed at the Fall 4-H Club Leader Update in October.

Direct questions about 4-H enrollment to Macomb County MSU Extension, macomb.4h@macombgov.org or 586-469-6431. Regular office hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Updated Authorization & Acknowledgement Forms
MSU Extension released updated authorization and acknowledgement forms on September 8, 2016:

4-H Volunteer Authorization & Acknowledgement Form

If you are submitting a printed enrollment form in lieu of enrolling/re-enrolling through 4-H Online, please turn in the updated authorization and acknowledgement form with your member or volunteer enrollment form.
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
Max Thompson Family Resource Center
11370 Hupp
Warren, MI 48089
Phone: (586) 469-7614

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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 by the 25th of the month to macomb.4h@macombgov.org . Identification should accompany each photo submitted, and always be sure to include your contact information!

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! Come check out our first meeting on October.

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, Samanthia 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, KY in November. Great job girls and best of luck at Nationals!!

Communications:  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!
Submitted by Lucy Brown, 4-H Volunteer

2016 State 4-H Dog Show Results
State 4-H Dog Show results are now online at http://msue.anr.msu.edu/events/state_4_h_dog_show . Congratulations to:

Elizabeth Bennett (K-9 & Kompany)
Class R-50: Rally Excellent A
Class O-16: Obedience Novice A
Elisha Brockert (Alarro)
Class R-46: Rally Novice A ages 15-16
Class A-8: Intermediate Agility A
Allison Hein (K-9 & Kompany)
Class O-18: Obedience Grad. Novice A
Class R-49: Advanced Rally B, ages 16-19
Rebecca Kitchen (Alarro)
Class O-16: Obedience Novice A
Class S-35 & S-37: Showmanship Open ages 13 & 14
Class R-48: Rally Advanced, ages 9-16

The State 4-H Dog Show was held at MSU in East Lansing on August 13, 2016.

Alarro Project Clover Donates Meat to Local Food Pantries
On Friday September 8th, Alarro 4-H Club's Project Clover program met at St. Mary's Church in Armada to distribute all of the meat that was purchased from its members during the 2106 Armada Fair Livestock Sale. This year, the group purchased a grand total of $9,100.15 and was able to provide food pantries in Romeo, Richmond, Armada and Capac with nearly 350 lbs. of meat products. They were delighted to receive one steer, four hogs, and two lambs. One additional hog was donated by C-Roy and Son Processing, making for a total of five hogs. C-Roy and Son donated the cost of the processing. Project Clover couldn't do it without their help and the support of its generous donors:

Gold Key Donors
Richmond Rotary Club
Krause Veterinary Clinic
Theut Products
Capital Banquet Center - Wild Game Fundraiser
C. Roy & Son Processing
Rapp's Concrete
Blake's Hard Cider - Wine Tasting Fundraiser
Silver Key Donors
D. D'Hondt
Armada Lions Club
Obry Brick and Landscape
Vinckier Foods-Almont
Richmond Lions Club
Bronze Key Donors
Allenton Tavern
Serra GMC Cadillac
Don Pitt Memorial Donations

Macomb County 4-H youth and adult volunteers helped deliver nearly 350 lbs. of meat on September 8th. Alarro 4-H Club's Project Clover program purchases animals at the Armada Fair Youth Livestock Sale each year and donates the processed meats to local food pantries. 

Facebook photos and information shared by Gina Colombo, 4-H Volunteer

TSC 4-H Paper Clover Fundraiser - October 5-16
Mark your calendars! The Tractor Supply Company (TSC) Fall Paper Clover Fundraiser is coming October 5-16, 2016. Support 4-H by purchasing a paper clover for $1 at check-out, or spend some time in-store telling shoppers what 4-H is all about. Macomb County has two locations:

New Haven Tractor Supply Company
57155 Gratiot Avenue
New Haven, MI 48048
Romeo Tractor Supply Company
66143 Van Dyke
Washington, MI 48095

Other Local News & Events
People, Pets & Vets is coming to Macomb Community College Nov. 5th  
Please mark your calendars and plan to participate in the 13th annual People, Pets & Vets (PP&V) event at Macomb Community College in Clinton Township. This is a joint project sponsored by the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association and Macomb Community College Veterinary Technician Program. The important details:

EVENT: People, Pets & Vets
FREE educational, interactive and fun event for the whole family to learn about veterinary and animal care from a variety of resources!
DATE: Saturday, November 5, 2016
TIME: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
LOCATION: Macomb Community College, 44575 Garfield, E Building, Clinton Township, MI 48038
The event coordinators are looking forward to seeing visitors and vendors this fall!  Please contact Tari Kern or Cathryn Fields at (248) 564-0309 or see http://www.michvma.org/?page=PeoplePetsVets for more information.

Take part in the Teal Pumpkin Project®

Paint your pumpkins teal this Halloween to let trick-or-treaters know that your treats are safe for children with food allergies! The Teal Pumpkin Project® , a national campaign launched by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) in 2014, is designed to help make Halloween safe for children with food allergies. Join the initiative! Paint your pumpkin teal and have some non-food items (coins, toys, pencils, etc.) ready for trick-or-treaters with food allergies. For more information about the Teal Pumpkin Project®, visit http://www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project/about#.V-55WPkrIdU.
Statewide 4-H News & Events
4-H: Today's Big Picture and Our Proud Heritage!
What is 4-H?
4-H, the largest youth-development organization in both Michigan and the U.S., was thought up in the late 1880s. At the time,university, agricultural researchers realized farmers were often not willing to try new methods being developed on campus. However, noting that (as today) young people:
(1) were open to new thinking, (2) would experiment with new ideas and (3) would then share their experiences with adults, the researchers introduced their new ideas to rural youth. Thus began 4-H!
Where can 4-H programs be found?
While 4-H continues to use the hands-on, learning-by-doing, experiential learning approach, its scope has expanded. Today, our 200,000-plus Michigan 4-H members are part of a program that reaches 7 million young people in more than 50 countries. 4-H Youth Development exists in all but one of the seven continents. As can be seen on this map, there are 4-H programs in North America, Mexico, much of Central America, Bolivia, many northern European and Scandinavian countries, much of the southern third of Africa, nearly all of eastern and Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Michigan 4-H welcomes youth from all parts of the state (from the Upper Peninsula to our border with Indiana, from Lake Michigan's shores to those of Lake Huron, and everywhere in between). Although Michigan 4-H still has rural programs, it now also includes youth from urban areas and the suburbs, as well. Quite a difference from just 25 years ago!
What is 4-H's focus?
Embracing our 90-year-old motto, "To make the best better," today's 4-H continues its intentional focus on making its members leaders of change. Though different times dictate changing interests and focuses, Michigan 4-H holds fast to its heritage of concentrating its educational efforts on science (animal, engineering and technology and environmental and outdoor education), healthy living and empowering young people to be good citizens locally and globally. Michigan 4-H has also established a strong, intentional mentoring program, including 4-H Tech Wizards, as a way of allowing more young people to participate.
How is 4-H doing?
In 2013, Tufts University scholars, Drs. Richard and Jacqueline Lerner, published a first-of-its-kind research report that defines and measures 4-H's positive, youth development. It demonstrates that 4-H members excel in academic achievement, civic engagement and healthy living. Each year, MSU Extension compiles and publishes data about the impact its children and youth programs have. 2015 data can be found here.
As you celebrate National 4-H Week (October 2 to 8), take pride in being part of not only the
largest youth-development organization in the country, but also being a member of a program that has remained true to its founders, while quickly responding to today's challenges!
Stay in touch and connected:
Michiga n 4-H Goat Workshop - October 15-16
The Michigan 4-H Goat Workshop scheduled for Oct. 15-16, 2016 at Kettunen Center is now open for registration. Participants will:
  • Gain fun, hands-on 4-H Goat science experiences learn new ideas for goat projects and other fun activities.
  • Explore science based information in goat management.
  • Enhance youth and volunteers knowledge and skill in the Goat project.
  • Share ideas with others from around the state in the goat project area.
The workshop is for adults and youth ages 9 and older. The cost is $73 per person (4-H rate) or $121.60 (non-members). Register online at http://events.anr.msu.edu/4HGoat2016/ by October 2, 2016.

Michigan 4-H PEP Instructor & Volunteer Update Workshop
The Michigan 4-H Proud Equestrian Instructor and Volunteer Update Workshop is Oct. 22-23, 2016 at Kellogg Biological Station in Hickory Corners and Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center, in  Augusta. This is a workshop strictly for therapeutic riding instructors and therapists working with therapeutic horseback riding programs. All 4-H instructors certified before Jan. 1, 2016 are REQUIRED to attend either the October 2015 OR the October 2016 workshop in order to be approved to teach a 4-H PEP program in Michigan: Jan. 1, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2017.  NEW THIS YEAR: There will also be a track for volunteers in Michigan 4-H PEP Programs.

The cost to 4-H members and volunteers is $98 per person. Non 4-H members and volunteers pay $190.  The registration fee includes meals, lodging and resources. The deadline to register for this event is October 12, 2016. To register, visit http://events.anr.msu.edu/PEP16/. Persons canceling without a replacement, after Oct. 1 will be charged the $10 resource fee. Visit the registration site for additional details.

Southwest Michigan Cat Fun Show - November 12th
Cat project members, the 2016 Southwest Michigan 4-H Cat Fun Show is coming November 12th to the Elks Club, 41816 M-40, Paw Paw, Michigan. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The show begins at 10 a.m. Entry fees are $2 per class. Questions? Contact Denise Noble, (269) 303-5407.

State Youth Leadership Council application deadline is Nov. 1st
The application link is now open for the Michigan 4-H State Youth Leadership Council (SYLC), a statewide leadership opportunity for 4-H youth. SYLC members serve as representatives of the Michigan 4-H program and are also provided an opportunity to represent Michigan at the National 4-H Conference in Washington, D.C. Any 4-H participant, age 15-19 by January 1, 2017, can apply for a council position. The Council meets monthly through Zoom online video conferencing and holds at least two in-person meetings in conjunction with other state 4-H events. Interested youth should complete the electronic survey, which serves as their application. Applicants must also select two adults, one being their 4-H Program Coordinator, to complete a reference. The deadline to apply for 2017 SYLC is November 1, 2016. Selected applicants will be contacted by SYLC advisors to arrange time for an interview following the closing date. For more information, visit http://msue.anr.msu.edu/program/info/sylc.

Michigan 4-H Night at the Palace
Michigan 4-H Night at the Palace of Auburn Hills is Saturday, November 5, 2016. Join Michigan 4-H and the Detroit Pistons as the Pistons take on the Denver Nuggets. There will be special activities. Be sure to wear your 4-H shirt! Contact Nicole Laidlaw at 248-375-4065 or nlaidlaw@palacenet.com for more information.

4-H Day at the Breslin - Women's Basketball event! 
Save the date! 4-H Day at the Breslin Center is January 22, 2017. MSU Spartan Women's Basketball Team will host Purdue Boilermakers Women's Basketball team at the Breslin Center in East Lansing. More information will be shared when it becomes available.   

Calendars of Events
Macomb County 4-H Calendar of Events

October 3
6:30-8 p.m., Goodells County Park, Goodells

October 5-16
Tractor Supply Company Stores, Romeo and New Haven

October 10
County offices closed

October 18
6:30-8 p.m., Camp Rotary, Ray Township

November 7
6:30-8 p.m., Goodells County Park, Goodells

November 8
County offices closed

November 11
County offices closed

November 13
Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Awards Banquet
1 p.m., Zuccaro's, Chesterfield Township

November 15
4-H County Awards application deadline
5 p.m., MSU Extenison, Clinton Township

November 24-25
County offices closed
Happy Thanksgiving

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

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

Other Local Events

November 5
11 a.m.-3 p.m., Macomb Community College, Building E, Clinton Township

Statewide 4-H Calendar of Events

Port Huron
Demmer Center, Lansing
Kettunen Center, Tustin
Kettunen Center, Tustin

November 1
State Youth Leadership Council Application deadline

November 5
Auburn Hills

November 12
10 a.m., Elk's Hall, Paw Paw
Kettunen Center, Tustin
November 25-29
National 4-H Congress
Atlanta, Georgia

January 28
MSU Pavilion, Lansing

February 4-5
4-H Winterfest
Kettunen Center, Tustin
Kettunen Center, Tustin
Kettunen Center, Tustin
National 4-H Events 

October 2-8
National 4-H Week
MSU Pavilion, Lansing

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