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March 2018     
Macomb County 4-H News & Events
Macomb County 4-H welcomes Katelyn Burns

Katelyn Burns
Macomb County MSU Extension welcomes Katelyn Burns as its newest Macomb County 4-H Program Coordinator. Katelyn most recently served as a Huron Pines AmeriCorps member, where she worked  for the past year with MSU Extension, and Michigan Sea Grant  as an education and outreach program coordinator. Katelyn was very involved with the Water Conservation and Great Lakes Education programs. In these capacities, she scheduled classes, recruited new teachers, oversaw volunteers and delivered over 100 programs.
Previously, Katelyn worked in the Roseville Community Schools as a substitute teacher, the Detroit and Belle Isle Zoos as a nature camp teacher, Roseville Recreation Authority as a summer camp instructor and MSU as a student employee in the meat lab. Katelyn graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife and minored in Environmental Studies and Leadership in Integrated Learning from Michigan State University. She is a MI Bright Future Career Coach. 

In addition to traditional 4-H responsibilities, Katelyn will oversee the 4-H Mentor and 4-H Military programs. In her spare time, Katelyn enjoys watching the Detroit Tigers, fishing, crocheting, and tending to her pollinator garden. 
Katelyn's first day was Monday, February 26th. Her office is in the VerKuilen Building in Clinton Township.

Horse Judging, Hippology and Horse Bowl 
project meetings - 4-H'ers welcome
Macomb County 4-Hers are welcome to attend project meetings for Horse Judging, Hippology, and Horse Bowl at Goodells County Park at 6:30 p.m.on March 5th, and April 2nd. Contact  4-H volunteer Lucy Brown for more information: lamckier@yahoo.com .

Countywide Craft Day - March 10
The Macomb County 4-H Youth Council is hosting a countywide Craft Day on Saturday, March 10, 2018, from 1-3 p.m. at MSU Extension, 21885 Dunham Road, Clinton Township. If your club would like to host a craft table or register, please contact Seth Martin at mart1885@anr.msu.edu

Spring 4-H Club Leader Meet - March 15
Macomb County 4-H leaders are invited to the Spring 2018 4-H Club Leader Meet at 6:30 p.m. on March 15, 2018 at Camp Rotary, 20505 29 Mile Road, Ray Township, MI 48096. There will be lots of valuable information. Fair Superintendents will be present to explain the roles and responsibilities of club leaders, families and 4-H members to ensure a smooth and successful fair season. There will also be a word from the Macomb County 4-H Youth Council, updates, food, fun and more. Please R.S.V.P. to 586-469-6431 or macomb.4h@macombgov.org by 5 p.m. on March 13.

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. 

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 .

Detroit Tank Arsenal 4-H Club visits Kettunen Center for Winterfest!
4-H club leaders Dave Galer and Alison Yarbrough took their club 'up north' for 4-H Winterfest and enjoyed their time at the Kettunen Center, a 4-H facility in Tustin, Mich. They recorded some reflections from the event and shared a picture of the group.
Which Winterfest activity was the most fun?
Dexter Brodsky: Learned how to get honey.
Tyson Brodsky: All of the classes were very fun.
Sydney Dobrzynski: Finger knitting and making tye dye shirts.
Jordan Hawkins: All of the activities.
Keira Brodsky: I enjoyed all of the activities.
Tristan Dobrzynski: My favorite thing was making origami.
Mark Manor: I enjoy walking with the goats.
Max Brodsky: I enjoyed all of the activities.

What was something you learned this weekend that you did not know before?
Dexter Brodsky: How to walk with goats.
Tyson Brodsky: How to get honey.
Sydney Dobrzynski: How to find something with a compass.
Jordan Hawkins: That bees are attracted to the color white.
Keira Brodsky: I learned how to make chap-stick.
Tristan Dobrzynski: I learned how to use a compass.
Mark Manor: I learned how to send letters to the future.
Max Brodsky: I learned how to look at and use a compass.

Other Local News & Events
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
4-H Exploration Days registration opening March 13

4-H Exploration Days is Michigan 4-H's largest pre-college program and could be the highlight of your summer-maybe even change your life! Registration for this popular event will open March 13 and is open to any Michigan 4-H'er above the age of 11 as of Jan. 1.

4-H Exploration Days is designed to help youth build the skills they need to successfully transition to college and to life as an adult. Michigan 4-H youth 
who participate have the opportunity to stay in MSU campus residence halls while attending classroom and field trip sessions throughout their stay.  With more than 200 session choices held 
on and off campus, there are topics for everyone including animal science, business and  entrepreneurship, international language and culture, performing and visual arts, and science, engineering, and technology. During the 2017 4-H  Exploration Days, nearly 2,000 youth attended 
and they gained important life skills like decision making, problem solving and communication.

Registration will be available beginning March 13 at 9 a.m. All registration information should be turned in to your county's Extension office, typically by the end of April. Check with your local 4-H program coordinator for your specific county date or visit  www.canr.msu.edu/4_h_exploration_days for more information.

Challenge U Funfest - March 17-18
Challenge U 4-H Funfest is designed for 9-13 year-old youth interested in learning about being healthy and having fun. The workshop takes place at Kettunen Center from March 17-18, 2018, and provides youth the opportunity to meet other youth from around the state. Participants get to pick from a variety of sessions related to staying healthy and being active. The cost of this workshop is $70 for 4-H members and VSP certified volunteers. Register online at https://events.anr.msu.edu/challengeu2018/ by March 2. For more information or questions contact Michelle Neff at hydemich@msu.edu or 989-539-7805.

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.

4-H Capitol Experience - April 15-18
4-H Capitol Experience  is a 4-day program, taking place April 15-18 in Lansing, Michigan. High-school aged youth come to the state's capitol to learn about state government through visits with legislators and other policy influencers. During the event, youth select a public policy issue area that they are interested in and work with a team of other youth to develop a mock legislative bill related to their issue of choice. While observing and learning about the real state government processes, youth mirror that by putting their bills through their own legislative simulation. The four-day event includes tours of the Michigan State Capitol, meeting with their state legislators, and time to find and strengthen their own voice in the legislative process. The cost of the program includes lodging and most meals and is $350 for 4-H members, $370 for non 4-H members. Registration is available online at https://events.anr.msu.edu/4HCapEx/ until March 16.

NEFE High School Financial Planning Curriculum Training - March 23
A National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) High School Financial Planning Program curriculum training will be held from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Hastings Public Library, 227 E. State Street, Hastings. The training and the curriculum are free! If you or someone you know (a non-profit, school teacher, community leader) want to teach important money management topics to, this is a great training. Materials, refreshments and lunch will be provided. See https://events.anr.msu.edu/NEFEHSFPPHastings2018/ for more information or contact Laurie Rivetto at  rivettol@anr.msu.edu , Deb Barrett at 269-927-5674, Ext. 4018 or  smithde6@msu.edu , or Frank Cox at 231-724-4738 or  coxf@anr.msu.edu .

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 .

Revised 4-H Teen Leadership Guide now online

Learn the roles and responsibilities of a teen leader from this newly revised 4-H Teen Leadership Guide.  Designed to make the process of taking on a 4-H teen leadership project easier, the publication provides a five step project guide along with fillable forms that make any teen into a great teen leader.  The 4-H Teen Leadership Guide is available to download for free at  msue.anr.msu.edu/resources/4_h_teen_leadership .

New Diddly Squat lessons available
Three new lesson plans are now available in the "Teaching Science When You Don't Know Diddly-Squat" series. With a focus on sight, animal feet and math, the new lesson plans are not meant to teach specific content, but to teach the process of science. Asking questions and discovering answers encourages 4-H'ers to figure things out for themselves. Discover the entire series and download the new lesson plans at msue.anr.msu.edu/resources/teaching_science_when_you_dont_know_diddly_squat_series.

Other Statewide News & Events
2018 Michigan Youth Livestock Scholarship Fund Scholarship
To be eligible for either the Michigan Youth Livestock Scholarship Fund (MYLSF) general scholarship or the statewide scholarship, the applicant must be a resident of Michigan and a graduating high school senior or a high school graduate continuing their education at an accredited institution in the year in which they are applying.

For the general MYLSF scholarship, the applicant must be a youth exhibitor at the Michigan Livestock Expo, the Michigan Dairy Expo or the former Michigan State Fair, for a minimum of three calendar years prior to the year of application. For the statewide scholarship, an applicant must be a youth exhibitor at a local, county, or statewide exhibition for a minimum of three years prior to the year of application.

Applications and qualification requirements for the MYLSF and the statewide scholarship can be obtained at  www.michigan.gov/mda-mylsf . Applications must be postmarked no later than May 15, 2018.  If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Haarer, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development's Producer Security Section Manager, at 517-284-5642 or Ernie Birchmeier, Michigan Farm Bureau's Livestock & Dairy Specialist, at 517-679-5335.

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.

MSU Sophomore is 1st Black Rodeo Queen in Michigan State history
Khalilah Smith, a sophomore at Michigan State University, is the first black Rodeo Queen in the school's history. Read her story here: http://on.lsj.com/2FrNrdB .

Source: Tucker, C.J., Lansing State Journal (February 21, 2018). 
Calendars of Events

Macomb County 4-H Calendar of Events
March 5
Winter Horse Projects Meeting
6:30 p.m., Goodells County Park, Goodells

March 8
Macomb County 4-H Youth Council Meeting
6:30 p.m., Camp Rotary, Ray Township

March 10
1-3 p.m., MSU Extension, Clinton Township

March 15, 2018
6:30 p.m., Camp Rotary, Ray Township

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

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

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

March 9-11
Kettunen Center, Tustin

March 10-11
Kettunen Center, Tustin

March 17-18
Kettunen Center, Tustin

March 23
9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Hastings Public Library, Hastings

March 25
MSU Pavilion, E. Lansing

March 31
10 a.m.-2 p.m., Springfield Oaks County Park Activity Center, Davisburg

April 7
Anthony Hall, MSU, East Lansing

April 14
MSU, East Lansing

April 14
Anthony Hall, MSU, East Lansing

April 15-18

April 27-29
Kettunen Center, Tustin

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

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

March 9-11
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing

April 21-22
Oakland County Fairgrounds, Davisburg