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April 2018     
Macomb County 4-H News & Events
Spring Break Camp - April 2-6
A Spring Break Camp, hosted by MSU Extension 4-H Youth Development, is planned for youth ages 5-12 at Max Thompson Family Resource Center in Warren from April 2-6, 2018. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are included in the $75 per youth price. Aftercare will be available for an additional fee of $10 per hour per child until 6 p.m. Register online at https://events.anr.msu.edu/2018SpringBreakDayCamp/ Call 586-469-7614 for more information.

Macomb County 4-H Poultry Clinic - May 12
The Macomb County 4-H Poultry Showmanship Clinic is May 12, 2018 at 10 a.m. at the Grange Hall on the Armada Fairgrounds, 74280 Fair St., Armada, MI 48005. Participants will learn the techniques used to show 4-H poultry at the Armada Fair. The clinic will include a demonstration and hands-on practice. Participants may bring their own bird to practice the instruction. Those without a bird may still attend to gain valuable information. Birds may be available to borrow. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Contact Seth Martin at (586) 783-8163 for more information or to R.S.V.P. 

TSC Spring 2018 Paper Clover Pizza Party Incentive
The Tractor Supply Company's annual 4-H Paper Clover Campaign is April 11-22, 2018. Purchase a paper clover for $1 at the checkout at the Romeo or New Haven Tractor Supply Company (TSC) locations to benefit Macomb County 4-H programs. Funds will be used as scholarships to send members to 4-H camps or leadership experiences.
Club members and volunteers are encouraged to participate at either location and will be entered for a chance to win one of two pizza parties.
  • Two pizza parties, one per Macomb County TSC store, will be awarded for the Spring 2018 Paper Clover event for two 4-H clubs who participate in the event
  • The winners will be drawn at random, using a ticket system. Each store will have a separate ticket bucket
  • The system works like this:
    • Each 4-H club that promotes 4-H, recruits or fundraises at a Macomb County TSC store during the Paper Clover event (April 11-22, 2018) gets one ticket entered into the drawing.
    • Clubs receive additional tickets for every hour they are there (two hours = two tickets, three hours = three tickets, and so on).
    • If your 4-H club turns in a count of how many people they spoke to about 4-H, or a count of how many people they got to donate to 4-H, they receive another ticket. Clubs may use a clicker or tally amount.
    • If your club turns in an "I'm interested in learning more about 4-H" sheet that has contact information for potential 4-H families, you receive another ticket.
  • One club from each store will be drawn. The same club cannot win twice, but may participate in both Macomb County locations to increase the odds of winning.
  • Clubs may hold as many Paper Clover events as they wish during the Paper Clover Campaign and are eligible for the described amount of tickets at each event.
For more information about ways that you and your club can participate in the TSC Paper Clover Campaign and be entered into the drawing for a pizza party, contact 4-H Program Coordinator Seth Martin at 586-783-8163 or mart1885@anr.msu.edu.

TSC 4-H Paper Clover Sweepstakes:  Additionally, any 4-H club that participates in an event at their local TSC store during the Spring 2018 Paper Clover Fundraiser from April 11-22, 2018 qualifies to enter the 4-H Paper Clover Sweepstakes for a chance to win a $100 TSC gift card. A total of 75 gift cards will be awarded nationwide. See http://tsccontest.com/4hsweeps/ for details and to sign up.

New member enrollment deadline
April 1 is the deadline for new members who plan to show their projects at the 2018 Armada Fair to enroll in 4-H. Enrollments are considered complete when the 4-H Online enrollment has been submitted and Macomb County MSU Extension has received the $20 per youth/max. $60 per family Michigan 4-H participation fee. Contact the 4-H office if you have questions about 4-H enrollment or need assistance.

Horse Project members: Register with the Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Committee by May 1
Horse project members who plan to participate in the 2018 Macomb County 4-H Horse Shows at Camp Rotary in Ray Township must register with the Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Committee by May 1, 2018. See your club leader for more information. 

Who will be TOP 4-H'er 2018?
Will it be a King or a Queen?
Applications are online at  http://bit.ly/2qFR3ho.

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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Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Ad Book Fundraiser
The Macomb County 4-H Horse Program's 2018 Ad Book Fundraiser forms are now online at http://msue.macombgov.org/MSUE-4H-Programs-Animals-Horses :

2018 Ad Book Leader Letter:   http://bit.ly/2nhfG4v 
2018 Ad Book Fundraiser Information Packet - Member Copy:   http://bit.ly/2DNTVDK 
2018 Ad Book Fundraiser Information Packet - Leader Copy:   http://bit.ly/2rNv1P3 
2018 Ad Book Tally Sheet:   http://bit.ly/2Fslezz 
2018 Ad Book Donor Receipt:   http://bit.ly/2DN1giN  

Ads and ad sales must be turned in by May 1st to Wayne Reeves, wayneereeves@gmail.com , or call Wayne at 843-263-2553 to make arrangements to get the submissions to him. If you have any questions, please email Wayne .

Mad City Money Workshops include budgeting simulation for teens
There are two Mad City Money workshops happening in April. The first is April 21st at Max Thompson Family Resource Center in Warren. The second is April 26th at the Chesterfield Township Library in Chesterfield Township. Teen participants will have fun learning about money in this FREE hands-on simulation.

Voyageur Canoe - May 19th
Paddle along in a Voyageur canoe at Lake St. Clair Metropark in Harrison Township at 10 a.m. on 
May 19, 2018. Voyageur Canoe is a great activity for your family or 4-H club! Learn about the history 
of French Voyageurs in North America and their importance in Michigan. Also, learn about the marsh inhabitants that the voyageurs were seeking. This event is free after entrance to the park. 
Pre-registration is required. Contact 4-H Program Coordinator Seth Martin at 586-783-8163 for more information or to register.

Exploration Days
Exploration Days is June 20-22, 2018 at MSU in East Lansing. Those attending this popular annual youth conference for youth who are 4-H ages 11-19 will have an opportunity to stay on campus, attend fun, educational sessions and more. The full-time participant cost for 4-H members is $165 plus any applicable session fees. Non-members pay an additional $20. Partial scholarships are available. An $80 deposit is due upon enrollment. Register and apply for scholarships through Macomb County MSU Extension by April 27, 2018. Cash, checks, or credit card payments will be accepted. Please make checks out to MSU Extension. Orientation, balance and session assignment information will be sent to participants in mid-May. Balance payments are due on or before June 1st.

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
May 5, 2018
6 p.m.
VerKuilen Building
21885 Dunham Road , Assembly Rooms A & B
Clinton Township, MI 48036
Orientation #2
May 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.

Spring 4-H Club Leader Meet
The Spring 4-H Club Leader meet took place Thursday, March 15th. It was a packed house as 4-H staff, club leaders and fair liaisons came together to share information.

Macomb County Teen Counselor Program

Asha Stevens
Meet Asha Stevens! The Macomb County Teen Counselor Program kicked off this weekend with its first training of the season, and Asha was, of course, there. Asha has been volunteering as a Teen Counselor for over three years. 
In fact, Asha volunteered with the very first 4-H Day Camp held at the Max Thompson Family Resource Center and has since volunteered for every single camp that has been held there. 

The Day Camps are week-long events where participants meet daily from 
9 a.m.-5 p.m. It is safe to say that Asha has given hundreds of hours of community service towards Macomb County 4-H programs. She has grown in her role and is now considered a Lead Teen Counselor who mentors others as they join the fold.

As Asha and her fellow Teen Counselors became more and more involved and knowledgeable about 4-H, they decided to form their own 4-H Club. The All About 4-H Club was born. The members picked the name because it describes what they feel they are doing: teaching about 4-H and bringing youth from the southwest corner of the county to 4-H. Over the years, Asha has expanded her experience to include volunteering at the Armada Fair, attending statewide events at both Kettenun Center and East Lansing.

Teen Counselor and 4-H Day Camp, two very small programs that started three years ago, have grown into successful and flourishing programs. MSU Extension had four teen counselors that first year. Now, there are 28 enrolled so far. Our camp is reaching its peak enrollment as well. The Teen Counselor program is open to all Macomb County teens from grades 9-12. Any 4-H club member who would like to volunteer for an hour, a day or a week is invited. It could be as simple as sharing your favorite project with the campers.

Other Local News & Events
Armada Fair needs groups to plant flower boxes
The Armada Fair Office is looking for 4-H groups to plant and care for flower boxes.  Large and small boxes available. Planting begins AFTER Memorial day. We water them for you.  Groups are encouraged to use the 4H Theme and make name plates/signs etc. Please call the Armada Fair Office to sign up: (586) 784-5488.

Bill Hahn Memorial Scholarship
The Armada Agricultural Society sponsors the Bill Hahn Memorial Scholarship in memory of former president and longtime board member, Bill Hahn. The scholarship will be awarded yearly to two high school graduating seniors. The applicant must have been a volunteer, employee, open class exhibitor or Youth Organizations exhibitor at the Armada Fair to apply. This would include Miss Armada and her court. Applications must be postmarked no later than April 15th and may be mailed to the Armada Agricultural Society, P.O. Box 507, Armada, MI 48005 or dropped off at the Armada Fair Office during normal business hours. More information and the application can be found at http://armadafair.org/scholarship/ .
Submitted by Nancy Davis, Armada Fair Board 
Statewide 4-H News & Events
April kicks off 4-H True Leaders in Service activation

Throughout the month of April, Michigan 4-H  members, parents and volunteers are encouraged to pledge their hands to larger service by taking part in the annual 4-H True Leaders in Service initiative. This nationwide endeavor will connect 4-H'ers with their community as they lend a helping hand to those in need. The month-long service activation will officially kick-off April 1 and will finish with the Nation al 4-H Day of Service on Saturday, April 28. 
Last year, nearly 7,000 youth and adults across the nation volunteered during the month of 
service, through nearly 400 registered projects. These individuals impacted approximately 65,000 people within their communities. Make plans now to take part and host a service project of your own! There are lot of great ways to get involved, from donation drives to neighborhood cleanups! Visit   www.4-H.org/true-leaders-in-service  to learn more, access a planning guide, and register your project.

State 4-H Goat Expo - April 14
The State 4-H Goat Expo is April 14, 2018 at MSU and is designed for young people who are interested in live animal evaluation and in testing their knowledge of the goat (caprine) industry. The event includes contests in judging, quiz bowl, skillathon, creative writing and problem-solving. Open to 4-H members who are 4-H ages 9-19. Register online at https://events.anr.msu.edu/2018goatexpo/  by April 4, 2018.

Emerald Clover Society open for nominations!

Do you know an outstanding Michigan 4-H alumnus? Nominate them for the Michigan 4-H alumni hall of fame - the 4-H Emerald Clover Society!  The Society honors  individuals who have had significant  Michigan 4-H involvement as a youth and who have made significant contributions to their local, state and national communities as adults.  Nominations are being accepted now for the  4-H Emerald Clover Society Class of 2018. The 
 deadline for nominations is April 30, 2018. For details and a nomination packet, visit www.mi4hfdtn.org.

4-H Renewable Energy Camp - July 23-27

Explore Michigan State University's campus from July 23-27, 2018 while learning about ideas, research and opportunities in the field of natural resources and agriculture energy during the 2018 Michigan 4-H Renewable Energy Camp. Camp participants will be lodged in Shaw Hall as they learn from company executives, interactive farm tours, discussions with MSU 
professors and more. The camp is open to youth ages 13 to 19 and registration closes June 1. Register at msue.anr.msu.edu/events/4_h_renewable_energy_camp_2.

4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources Camp - August 5-11
4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources Camp will be held Sunday, August 5 through Sunday, August 11, 2018, at Camp Chickagami in Presque Isle. Participants will have fun and amazing outdoor hands-on learning experiences as they go charter fishing, snorkeling, sailing, hike through forests, wade through wetlands, explore dunes and more!

This camp is for teens who are aged 13-15, or going into 8th-10th grades in the fall. The cost is $375 for 4-H members and $395 for non-4-H members. Older teens (at least age 16 with some experience in camp counseling) may apply for counselor positions. Please apply online at https://events.anr.msu.edu/event.cfm?eventID=02B2D330861D46B4 . See the brochure for more information, or contact Laura Potter-Niesen at 517-432-2963 or potterla@msu.edu .

Michigan 4-H Text, Talk, Revive Civility Challenge

Every day, 4-H'ers are rolling up their sleeves in service as they lead positive change that empowers their peers and their communities. 4-H members are not afraid of a challenge, and in fact, they are known to seek out challenges they can help solve with their knowledge, leadership skills and fierce resolve.
This April, Michigan 4-H members are challenged to take on one of the most significant and widespread problems currently facing our nation: incivility. 4-H members can help revive civility across the state by taking the Michigan 4-H Text, Talk, Revive Civility Challenge.

The challenge helps youth engage their families, peers and communities in conversation around civil dialogue while doing something they are already 
experts at: talking and texting! Taking part is just three simple steps: first, organize a group of three to five individuals and text CIVILITY to 89800. Next, with help from a series of text messages, have a one-hour conversation about civility to learn what it is, the importance of it, and how to incorporate it into everyday life. After learning about civility, take a picture of your group and post is on social media to keep the challenge going!
The Michigan 4-H Text, Talk, Revive Civility Challenge is part MSU Extension's celebration of the True Leaders in Service initiative. To learn more about True Leaders in service or to register your civility conversation as a service project, visit www.4-H.org/true-leaders-in-service .

Multicultural Scholars Program
Talented students who are currently completing their junior year in high school are eligible to apply to the new Multicultural Scholars Program. Students selected for the program will participate in a summer research experience at MSU in July of 2018 (see MAP flyer) and then be eligible for a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to pursue a BS degree in Forestry at MSU. This degree will prepare them for a variety of environmental career options in private industry, non-profits, municipalities and state- and federal agencies. Please see the attached document, which provides an overview of the MSP.
Students should have an interest in this program AND be able to successfully complete the requirements, including:
  • A strong interest in environmental issues, nature and/or science.
  • A strong work ethic
  • Ambition and motivation to advance their education
  • Ability to persevere in the face of obstacles
  • Ability to work well with others in a team setting
Students will apply to this program by providing a personal statement, a letter of reference and a copy of their high-school transcript. The application is online at https://goo.gl/Rg6uYe Completed applications are due by April 13, 2018.

Cruising 4-H Money Curriculum - April 10
Michigan State University Extension is pleased to offer a FREE professional development training for youth development professionals, educators, parents and adult volunteers. Come cruise the curriculum highway and experience financial literacy hands on teaching resources that can be used with youth from ages 5-19.

When:   Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Time:     5:30-8 p.m. (light dinner provided at 5:30)
Where: Oakland County Executive Office Building,  2100 Pontiac Lake Rd., Bldg. 41 West, 
             Waterford, MI 48328

To register for Cruising 4-H Money Curriculum, go to: https://events.anr.msu.edu/4HMoney/This training is available for FREE   thanks to generous funding from Chemical Bank. For more information, contact Kathy Jamieson  at 586-469-6093 or jamies13@msu.edu or Laurie Rivetto at 734-727-7264  

Michigan 4-H Alumni College Access Project
The Michigan 4-H Alumni College Access Project's 2017 report shows that Michigan 4-H alumni are more likely to enroll in college on time than their peers. Click here for a county-by-county breakdown.

Raise your Hand to Support Kids in Our Community!
4-H, the largest youth development program in the nation, is calling on alumni and supporters to raise their hands to help bring 4-H to 10 million youth by 2025. Currently, 4-H empowers nearly six million young people in every county across America.

As part of the Raise Your Hand campaign, which runs  April 1-May 15, 2018, 4-H is asking supporters in Michigan to 'Raise Your Hand' to help kids in our community by providing the hands-on learning that only 4-H provides.

Joining is easy - alumni can go online to  www.4-H.org/RaiseYourHand and fill in their details. Raising your hand is a vote towards a $20,000, $10,000 or $5,000 award for the states with the most hands raised. Help Michigan be one of the winning states by voting now!

Money Smart Week - April 21-28
Money Smart Week is April 21-28. Find Money Smart Week resources and events for adults and youth online at Moneysmartweek.org, and read this helpful article:  Learn how to build wealth during Money Smart Week 2018.

Money Smart Teens: 
Stash Your Cash

Money Smart Teens: 
It's All About Getting Credit

Other Statewide News & Events
ThumbJackpotBeefShowThumb Beef Jackpot Show - April 21-22
The 2018 Thumb Jackpot Beef Show (TBJS) and Paul DeLong Memorial Jackpot Show will be held April 21-April 22, 2018 at the Oakland County Fairgrounds in Davisburg.  Youth are highly encouraged to participate in the extras offered along with the Thumb Jackpot Beef Show. There is something available for every youth!  
  • Cloverbuds can participate in a Coloring Challenge. They can submit a picture (picture 1, picture 2, picture 3) by the published deadline via mail or they will have an opportunity to participate and create an entry on Friday evening during check-in.  
  • Youth age 9-19 can participate in an essay contest. Essay topics are based upon the exhibitors age and cash prizes will be awarded.
  • Seniors are encourage to participate in our scholarship award program. All high school seniors graduating in 2018 from one of the seven counties (Huron, Tuscola, Sanilac, Lapeer, St. Clair, Macomb and Oakland) are eligible for a scholarship. Exhibitors must have exhibited their Beef Project two or more years at TJBS and one year must include exhibiting in the 2018 show. Seniors must be pursuing college or vocational training post-graduation from High School. Scholarships are paid through the interest earned from the Paul DeLong Memorial Scholarship Foundation.
See the Thumb Jackpot Show updates. Thumb Jackpot Beef Show and Paul DeLong Memorial Jackpot Show entry forms must be postmarked by Saturday, April 7, 2018 For more information, contact Jenny McKay at (810) 694-0561.
Calendars of Events

Macomb County 4-H Calendar of Events
April 1
Macomb County 4-H enrollment deadline for new members planning to show 4-H projects at the 2018 Armada Fair

April 2
Winter Horse Projects Meeting
6:30 p.m., Goodells County Park, Goodells

April 2-6
Thompson Family Resource Center, Warren

April 7
Macomb County 4-H Observation Ride
Time TBD, Four Star Farms, Lenox Township

April 21
Macomb County 4-H Make-Up Observation Ride
Time TBD, Four Star Farms, Lenox Township

April 21
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Max Thompson Family Resource Center, Warren

April 26
5-7 p.m., Chesterfield Township Library, Chesterfield Township

May 1
Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Ad Book Fundraiser ad sales deadline

May 10
Macomb County 4-H Youth Council Meeting
6:30 p.m., MSU Extension, Clinton Township

May 12
10 a.m., Armada Fair Grange Hall, Armada

May 19
10 a.m., Lake St. Clair Metropark, Harrison Township

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

June 6
Exploration Days Orientation #2
6 p.m., MSU Extension, Warren

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

Other Local Events  

April 15
Armada Fair Office, Armada

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

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

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

Statewide 4-H Calendar of Events

April 1-28

April 1-28

April 1-May 15
Raise Your Hand campaign

April 7
Anthony Hall, MSU, East Lansing

April 10
5:30-8:30 p.m., Oakland County Executive Building, Waterford

April 11-22
Statewide (including Romeo and New Haven locations)

April 13
Multicultural Scholars Program application deadline

April 14
4-H Night at the MSU Observatory (weather permitting)
8-10 p.m., Michigan State University Observatory, East Lansing

April 14
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing

April 14
Anthony Hall, MSU, East Lansing

April 17
Pork Quality Assurance Workshop
Alma Public Library, Alma
This educational session will teach 4-H members about caring for their swine projects. 

April 15-18

April 20
Mad City Money-Budget Simulation for Teens
True Covenant Church, River Rouge

April 20
Michigan State University Extension Tollgate Farm and Education Center, Novi

April 27-29
Kettunen Center, Tustin

June 20-22
MSU, East Lansing
Register through the county MSU Extension office

July 23-27
MSU, East Lansing

August 5-11
Camp Chickagami, Presque Isle

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

Other Statewide Events

April 21-22
Oakland County Fairgrounds, Davisburg