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Macomb County 4-H News & Events --------
Local 4-H club wins 2016 non-profit award
Congratulations to Ray's Riding Rascals 4-H Club!! The club won the 2016 Non-Profit of the Year EMMA (Extraordinary Member Merit Award) from the Greater Romeo-Washington Chamber of Commerce! The club was nominated by Board Member, Mark Losey.

4-H Youth Council meeting schedule
The  Macomb County 4-H Youth Council  has scheduled the following meetings at Camp Rotary, 20505 29 Mile Road, Ray Township:
Thursday, January 12 at 6:30 p.m. 
Thursday, May 11 at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Macomb County 4-H members, volunteers and families are encouraged to attend. Come and help shape 4-H in Macomb County by sharing your ideas and find out what the Council is planning for your club and community! A delegate from each club can and is strongly encouraged to attend the meetings so that they can deliver information accurately back to their clubs and have a voice in the decision making process.

4-H Youth Council needs craft instructors
The Macomb County 4-H Youth Council is looking for clubs to teach a craft at the Macomb County 4-H Youth Craft Day on March 11, 2017 at 1 p.m. There will be several different types of crafts for our clubs members to make and take home. The Council is hoping for several 4-H clubs to participate and teach a favorite club craft. Supplies purchased for the craft can be reimbursed by the Council. 
Please contact Payton at  horselover0728@gmail.com with your club's ideas and reserve a craft for the event. Some ideas include wood burning, sewing, knitting, mosaics, etc.

County Offices Closed
Macomb County offices, including MSU Extension, will be closed January 2 and January 16, 2017.
Michigan 4-H Day at the Breslin Center - January 22
Michigan 4-H Day at the Breslin Center is January 22, 2017. 4-H members, volunteers, staff and their families are invited to watch the Spartan Women's basketball team play the Purdue Boilermakers Women's basketball team. This event is free to 4-H families. The game begins at 5 p.m. 4-H'ers may enter through Gate D (Northwest Kalamazoo Gate) beginning at 3:30 p.m. 

In Macomb County, request tickets from Seth Martin, 4-H Program Coordinator, at 586-783-8163 or mart1885@anr.msu.edu. Tickets requested after December 28, 2016 must be picked up at MSU.
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21885 Dunham Road, Ste. 12
Clinton Township, MI 48036
Phone: (586) 469-6431
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Warren, MI 48089
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4-H Horse Program Committee announces meeting & show dates
The Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Committee announced its 2017 meeting and show dates. All meetings listed will be held from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Activities Building at Camp Rotary, 20505 29 Mile Road, Ray Township. Show information will be announced as it becomes available.

January 23rd -Horse Program Board Meeting
February 27th -Horse Program Board Meeting
March 27th -Horse Program Board Meeting
April 24th -Horse Program Board Meeting
May 22nd -Horse Program Board Meeting
June 27th -Horse Program Michigan State Meeting
September 25th -Horse Program Board Meeting
October 23rd -Horse Program Board Meeting

Below are the Macomb County 4-H horse show dates for 2017:
May 27th
June 3rd
June 10th
June 17th
June 24th
July 8th
August 5th

2016 4-H County Awards recipients recognized
Congratulations to this years County Award Recipients:

Project Awards          
Dog Project: Cade Bollaert
Poultry Project: Caleb Bollaert
Special Awards
Achievement Award: Margaret Bohm
Clear the Hurdle Award: Margaret Bohm
Adult Awards
4-H Mentor of the Year: Gary Weaks
4-H Mentor Award: Kristopher Wright
4-H Mentor Award: Karen Putinsky
Lifetime Achievement Award: Nancy Duemling
Friend of 4-H Award: Axalta Coating Systems

Lifetime Achievement Award Bio: Nancy Duemling
Two things very dear to Nancy Duemling are dogs and kids. Nancy began K-9 & Kompany 4-H Club and served as its General Leader 27 years ago. He sons were two of the club's first members. She was also the Showmanship  trainer. Club members recall fondly how, during the first few years, she would encourage the youth to learn about veterinary science topics and to enter projects in the Armada Fair. Nancy stretched beyond her club in 4-H by serving on the Macomb County 4-H Companion Animal Program Committee as Treasurer (a countywide responsibility) for many years. Nancy was adept at         organizing events. Two of her most prominent were the  annual Winter K-9 Karnival and our annual Fun Match. Nancy also encouraged participation in the State 4-H Dog Show, helped the youth train for competition and traveled to the events with our families. She was also  responsible for organizing the     K-9 & Kompany 4-H Fun Match fundraiser. 

Nancy, for all of your hard work and for all of the lives that you have touched, a heartfelt thank you from Michigan State University Extension staff and Macomb County 4-H!

We look forward to seeing even more 4-H County Awards applications for 2017!

Macomb County is looking for 4-H State Awards  and Mark of Excellence Entries
Macomb County wants member 4-H State Awards and Mark of Excellence submissions! 

4-H State Awards: You've worked hard on your projects, so why not apply for a 4-H State Award?  The 4-H State Award is the highest honor a 4-H member can receive in Michigan 4-H.  This program is for 4-H youth aged 13 and up with at least three years of 4-H experience. All youth who meet these requirements are encouraged to apply. Youth compete in 19 different award areas showcasing their knowledge, skills and experiences. Delegates will be announced by March 15 and will be invited to participate in either an advanced leadership development program (juniors), competitive interviews (seniors) or presentations (groups) during 4-H Exploration Days on June 21. State 4-H Award winners will be announced at the 4-H Recognition Program on June 22 at 4-H Exploration Days. Applications should be submitted to State4HAwards@anr.msu.edu by February 1, 2017.

4-H Mark of ExcellenceIf you are 11 or 12 years old, you could be the recipient of the 4-H Mark of Excellence Award. To enter, you write an essay on the theme, "Because of 4-H I can ..." Essays should be submitted to your county MSU Extension office by February 1. Counties will select their representatives and submit names and essays to the State 4-H Awards Committee. 

Helpful 4-H State Awards trainings will be offered across Michigan in January! See the Statewide 4-H News & Events section for training dates and locations.  For more information about 4-H State Awards and application instructions , visit  http://msue.anr.msu.edu/.../4_h_awards_and_recognition_program .

Join Macomb County MSUE 4-H for  
Snowshoeing: A Michigan Tradition
Join 4-H at Stony Creek Metropark for a snowshoe night hike past the eagles nest, led by Stony Creek Nature Center naturalists. Enjoy a warm fire and hot cocoa before trekking back to the trailhead and borrow Macomb County MSU Extension's GoPro for fun footage during the hike!

Where: Stony Creek Metropark (Inwood Trail), Shelby Township
Who: Open to the public, adults and youth
When: January 21, 2017, 5 p.m.
Cost: $5 per person (snowshoes included)

Space is limited! Contact the Stony Creek Metropark Nature Center at (586) 781- 9113 to reserve a spot. For more information, contact Seth Martin, 4-H Program Coordinator, at  (586) 783-8163.

Club financial forms in fillable format
Some of the forms clubs commonly use are now in fillable format:

1) Michigan 4-H Treasurer's Report

2) Annual 4-H Financial Summary Report 

3) County 4-H Fundraiser Application 

Financial accountability presentation
The following presentation contains helpful information about handling club finances:

Michigan 4-H Volunteers: Leading the Way to Financial Accountability

Club is looking for indoor roller derby location
The City Slickers 4-H Club in Sterling Heights is looking for an indoor roller skating location to play roller derby. 108'x80' is needed, any concrete, asphalt, or wood floor is ok. Please email Michelle at 
pbjamr@gmail.com if you may have or know of a space.
Submitted by Michelle Richards, 4-H Volunteer

Member year pins available
There are still some (free 4-H) member year pins available at Macomb County MSU Extension. Contact Macomb County MSU Extension at  macomb.4h@macombgov.org  or 586-469-6431 to request them before they're gone. Currently available are 1st year (15), 4th year (1), 5th year (1), 8th year (7), 9th year (7), 10th year (4 gold, 1 bronze), 12th year (8), 13th year (22), 14th year (6), Cloversprout (4).  Member year pins may also be purchased through  www.4-hmall.org .

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!

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!!

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 Horse Show Results
Hard work paid off for Macomb County's 2016 State 4-H Horse Show participants. Congratulations to all! A complete list of show results is available online at  http://www.ans.msu.edu/extension/horse_youth_programs.

Elizabeth Barone (Ray's Riding Rascals)
2nd - Photography, 16-17 yrs.
4th - Hunt Seat Pleasure, Pony, 16-19 yrs.
4th - Western Pleasure, Pony 16-19 yrs.
Audrey Beaudin (Ray's Riding Rascals)
2nd - Split Showmanship, 16 yrs.
6th - 2nd Split Hunt Seat Pleasure, 16 yrs.
7th - 3rd Split Hunt Seat Equitation, 16 yrs.
7th - Trail, 16 yrs.
Danielle DaPra (Alarro)
Gymkhana Showmanship, 13-15 yrs.
Willow Hollingsworth (Ray's Riding Rascals)
1st - Training Level Test II, 13-15 yrs.
2nd - Saddle Seat Pleasure, 13-14 yrs. (Outside)
2nd - Saddle Seat Equitation, 13-14 yrs. (Outside)
4th - Championship Saddle Seat Pleasure, 13-15 yrs.

Rebecca Kitchen (Alarro)
6th - Hunt Seat Pleasure 

Alexandra Oddo (Alarro)
3rd - Saddle Seat Equitation, 16-17 yrs.
6th - Saddle Seat Pleasure, 16-17 yrs.
Megan Opheim (A Little Tacky)
4th - Speed & Action Race, 18-19 yrs.
4th - Pole Bending Race, 18-19 yrs.
3rd - 2nd Split Keyhole Race, 18-19 yrs.
Rebecca Kitchen (Alarro 4-H Club)

Steven Prokuda (Ray's Riding Rascals)
8th - English/Western Riding, 16-19 yrs.
2nd - T-Shirt Design, 16-17 yrs.
Adrienne Roeder (Ray's Riding Rascals)
1st - Hunter Hack, 16-17 yrs.
5th - Hunt Seat Pleasure, 17 yrs.
4th - Championship Hunter Hack, 16-19 yrs.
3rd - 2nd Split Hunt Seat Equitation, 17 yrs.

Other Local News & Events ------------------------------------------------------

Armada Fair Livestock Sale Committee Meeting & Elections - January 23
Elections for the Armada Fair Livestock Sale Committee will take place on Monday, January 23, 2017. There are both adult and youth positions that are open.  Every club that participates in the Armada Fair Youth Livestock Auction and/or Silent Auction is strongly encouraged to have representation on the committee.  Elections will take place at 7 p.m. at the Grange Hall located on the Armada Fair Grounds.
Submitted by JoEllen Clark, Armada Fair Youth Livestock Committee
Reminder:  Armada Fair Livestock Sale Permission Forms are due to the Armada Fair Office by the 2nd Friday in January.

Macomb County Master Gardener Association offers classes
To register or for more information about the following programs, contact the Macomb County Master Gardener Association at macombcountymga@yahoo.com.

Benefits of Essential Oils - Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Learn from Advanced Master Gardener Karen Burke what you need to know about essential oils (what they are, how to use them, whether they are safe, and what NOT to do. You can come and watch Karen prepare, or you can purchase, for a nominal fee, a "hands-on kit" for class and/or take home. 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Mt. Clemens Library, 150 Cass Avenue, Mt. Clemens. Free to Macomb County Master Gardener Association (MCMGA) members +1 guest. All others pay $5. An MCMGA quarterly meeting will follow the class.

Michigan Invasive Species -  Wednesday, February 15, 2017 
Join us while Advanced Master Gardener, David Newlin tells us about the plants and critters that have hitched a ride on our imports over the decades and how they have affected natural resources and ultimately our lives. Class meets from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Mt. Clemens Library, 150 Cass Ave., Mt. Clemens. Free to MCMGA Members +1 guest. All others pay $5.

Flowering Vines to Love (and Avoid) -  March 30, 2017
Advanced Master Gardener, Cheryl English will tell us about a generally overlooked group of plants, flowering vines - from demure species Clematis, to gigantic Wisteria - can provide an added dimension to your garden - a vertical dimension. Learn basics and specifics about plant selection, care and culture to succeed with this rewarding range of plants, as well as help in identifying and avoiding proven and potential thugs. 6:30-7:30 P.M. at the Mt. Clemens Library, 150 Cass Avenue, Mt. Clemens. Cheryl is also the owner of Black Cat Pottery, and will have a display of her wares for sale before and after the presentation. $5.00 to MCMGA Members +2 guests. $10.00 to all others.

Orchid Basics -  Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Dale Garden, former President of the Michigan Orchid Society and an Orchid grower for over 35 years will share with us what it takes to grow and flower orchids such as temperatures, humidity and air flow, feeding, and much, much more. Tuesday, April 11, 6:30-7:30 P.M. at the Mt. Clemens Library, 150 Cass Ave., Mt. Clemens. Free to MCMGA Members +1 guest. $5.00 to all others. MCMGA QUARTERLY MEETING WILL FOLLOW THE CLASS.

Fun with Lavender - Monday, May 15, 2017 
Advanced Master Gardener Karen Burke is back to show us all of the wonderful things that we can do with our Lavender. So many things to use it with: cooking, beverage infusion, and many boutique and craft projects. You can learn them all. Monday, May 15, 6:30-7:30 P.M. at the Mt. Clemens Library, 150 Cass Avenue, Mt. Clemens. Free to MCMGA Members +1 guest. $5.00 to all others.

Bats of Michigan, Bat Conservation Organization - Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Learn about bats in your own back yard. Often misunderstood or overlooked, bats play a key role in Michigan's environment and economy. During this live animal program you will learn why bats are important to the state, where Michigan bat species are located, and how to identify them. Learn about threats and what we all need to do to protect bats. This is a learning opportunity for all ages. Class meets from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Mt. Clemens Library, 150 Cass Ave., Mt. Clemens. $5 each for MCMGA members + 2 guests. All others pay $10 each. An MCMGA quarterly meeting will follow.

Public support needed to match grant for new Mount Clemens canoe launch 
The Clinton River Watershed Council (CRWC), the city of Mount Clemens and the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development have launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to install a universally-accessible kayak and canoe launch at MacArthur Park in downtown Mount Clemens. 

The deadline to make a donation is Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017.  If the funding goal is met, enhancements to MacArthur Park will include improved facilities, universally-accessible restrooms, picnic tables, murals and kayak storage lockers, among many other amenities.

"Our goal is to raise $60,000 in 60 days," said Tara Beatty, CRWC development director. "If we reach our goal, the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and Michigan Economic Development Corporation's Public Spaces Community Places will match our donations up to $50,000 for the MacArthur Park project." 

Donations of any amount are greatly encouraged and appreciated. Recreational enthusiasts, residents and businesses alike can help reach this fundraising goal by making an online donation at patronicity.com/project/macarthur_park_river_access or by contacting CRWC at (248) 601-0606.

Show Me The Money Day
Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 
9:30 a.m. Registration
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Workshops

Thompson Family Resource Center 
11370 Hupp Ave.
Warren, MI 48089
Adults & Children welcome!
This FREE event will include:  
    • Quick Credit Checks
    • 4-H - Crafts with Children
    • Workshops on Stretching your Food Dollars
    • Financial Aid
    • Homeownership
    • Credit.  
Lunch will be provided - Raffles - Give-a-ways   Registration is REQUIRED. 

Statewide 4-H News --------------------------------------------------------------------
StateAwardsTrainingA Valuable, Free Resource for 4-H'ers Thinking About Applying 
for a Michigan 4-H State Award
Have you - or someone you know - thought about applying for a Michigan 4-H State Award but you have questions about the award and how to apply for it? If so, read on.
A 4-H State Award is the highest honor a 4-H member can receive in Michigan 4-H . Each year, hundreds of youth from across the state come together to compete for recognition in a project area that has helped them develop skills, leadership and citizenship. The deadline for the 2017 State Award application is February 1
Why Have a Training?
To help 4-H leaders and teens learn about the award process, Michigan 4-H has organized free trainings around the state. This training will give an overview of the 4-H State Award Program, as well as go over the application and deadlines.It will also be a way for participants to ask questions and to know what to expect throughout the process.
Who Should Attend?
This training is for Michigan 4-H'ers who are 13 to 19 years old, as of January 1, 2017 , and who are interested in applying for the 4-H State Awards Program . 4-H volunteers and parents are also welcome to attend.

When and Where Will the Workshops be Held?
The dates, times and locations of upcoming workshops are listed below. Unless otherwise noted, these trainings will last about an hour. Writing workshops are for 4-H'ers who would like help writing their applications.
  • January 7, 10 am (writing workshop)
    Monroe MSU Extension Office, 963 South Raisinville Road,
  • January 10, 6 to 7 pm
    Lapeer County MSU Extension Office, 1800 Imlay City Road,
  • January 14, 9 am
    Newaygo County MSU Extension Office, Suite 206, 5479 W 72
    nd Street, Fremont
  • January 17, 6 to 8 pm
    Emmet County MSU Extension Office, Suite D, 3434 Harbor-Petoskey Road,
    Harbor Springs
  • January 22, 2 pm (writing workshop)
    Monroe MSU Extension Office, 963 South Raisinville Road,
How Can Someone Register?
Registration for these trainings is available on the web .
More information is available from:

Upcoming 4-H Horse & Pony Events
There are several exciting events coming up this spring for those in the 4-H Horse & Pony project areas. Contact Taylor Fabus at  tenlenta@msu.edu or 517-353-1748 for more information about any of the following programs:

4-H/MQHA Clinic Weekend, February 3-4
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing, MI
Friday: Horse Judging Workshop 6:30-9pm
Saturday: Practice horse judging contest in morning followed by clinics in the classrooms and arena all day. MQHA tack sale 10am-4pm. 4-H'ers may register to ride in clinics, space is limited.
Full event details & registration forms:  http://www.ans.msu.edu/extension/horse_youth_programs
Purchase DISCOUNTED auditor tickets ahead of time at:  https://commerce.cashnet.com/msu_3645 
Register for judging workshop at:   https://commerce.cashnet.com/msu_3645 

Teen & Adult 4-H Horse Leaders' Conference, February 25
MSU's campus, East Lansing, MI
Registration for this event is limited!
4-H members age 12-19 AND adult volunteers are welcomed. Topics include horse judging, equine first aid, dissection, veterinary care, equine nutrition, and information to assist leaders in youth development, leadership skills for youth, and much more. Interactive classroom sessions in Anthony Hall will be followed by hands-on activities at the MSU Horse Teaching & Research Center.
Full event details & registration forms:  http://www.ans.msu.edu/extension/horse_youth_programs

4-H & FFA State Horse Judging Contest, Sunday March 26th 
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing, MI
Full class list, rules, registration and event details available at:  http://www.ans.msu.edu/extension/horse_youth_programs 

Norma Agnew Memorial 4-H Hairy Horse Show/Clinic, April 8
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing, MI
Space will be limited for this event, only 100 stalls available. Judges will wear microphones and share critiques with exhibitors to help improve their performance.  Audience members (free) can hear feedback as well!

Event details and showbill available after January 1:   http://www.ans.msu.edu/extension/horse_youth_programs

4-H Exploration Days - Save the Date
4-H Exploration Days is June 21-23, 2017 at Michigan State University in East Lansing. Registration begins March 14, 2017 at your local county Extension office. Forms received earlier will be entered in the order they are received.

Best described as a "mini-college experience" for youth who are 4-H ages 11-19, the event is an opportunity for youth to attend fun, educational sessions of their choosing, stay in campus housing (youth are housed by county), enjoy activities and entertainment and make new friends.

In Macomb County, youth can pick one roommate to join them on this experience, invite a friend and join the thousands of other youth from across the state in one of the year's most anticipated events.

The cost for this year's event is $165 per youth, plus any session fees that may apply. Non-members pay an additional $10 participation fee. A mandatory orientation will be held at the county Extension office before the event.

Additional information will be available online by March 1st.

Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports Archery Certification Workshop
The Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports Archery Certification Workshop  is January 28-29, 2017 at 4 Square Sportsman's Club in Jeddo (St. Clair County). Participants will meet from 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. each day.
This workshop is for adult leaders and teens 16 and older that are active in their shooting sports club or want to become involved. Participants should express and interest in working with youth and have a willingness to improve their own knowledge and skills in shooting sports.

The 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Workshop provides the necessary skills, resources and background to successfully teach shooting sports and conduct range activities. This workshop is archery specific.

Certification is a requirement to facilitate live fire on a range. All adult leaders need to be approved by their local MSUE office and have completed the 4-H Volunteer Selection Process.

Cost is $65.00. Registration includes resources, snacks and lunch both days. The deadline to register for this event is Monday, January 9, 2017. To register, contact the St. Clair County MSU Extension office for a registration form .

For more information, contact Lori Warchuck at lwarchuck@stclaircounty.org  or Nick Baumgart at baumga75@anr.msu.edu . Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested with your registration.

Beef, Sheep, Swine Teen and Adult Leaders workshop
When and Where:
Feb 18-19, 2017 Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Dr, Tustin, MI 49688

Who Should Attend:
Youth age 13 and older and adult leaders interested in learning more about beef, sheep and/or swine

4-H members and volunteers $58.00
Non 4-H members and volunteers $105.00
Registration fee includes meals, lodging, resources. Rooming upgrades available during registration.

Registration information:

Veterinary Science Teen and Adult Leaders workshop
Dive into veterinary science with veterinarians and MSU veterinary students.

When and Where:
Feb 17-18, 2017
Kettunen Center, 14901 4-H Dr, Tustin, MI 49688

Who should attend:
Youth age 13 and older and adult leaders interested in learning more about veterinary science.

4-H members and volunteers $58.00
Non 4-H members and volunteers $105.00
Registration fee includes meals, lodging and resources. Rooming upgrades available during registration


A Very Special Event for Younger 4-H'ers
While Michigan 4-H Youth Development (http://msue.anr.msu.edu/topic/info/4_h) offers many educational opportunities for youth of all ages, there is a special, award-winning workshop for younger 4-H'ers (aged 8 to 12).

What and Why

At this event, participants will:
  • Spend two days learning new skills from experts in six different, action-packed sessions of their choice. Project areas may include crafts, science and technology, dance movement, shooting sports, healthy living, animal science and international education. Through such 4-H projects, young people enjoy hands-on activities, while developing life skills (http://bit.ly/1PVDmlX). For example, by allowing 4-H'ers to choose the sessions in which they want to participate, they learn decision-making skills and independence. At 4-H Winterfest, youth also learn communication, cooperation and teamwork. All in all, participants learn to make "the best (themselves) better."
  • Experience some outdoor activities such as cross-country skiing, outdoor cooking, tubing, snowshoeing and possibly hiking in the woods along the trails
  • Enjoy an overnight workshop experience
  • Meet other 4-H'ers from around the state

Who Should Attend
4-H'ers who are 8 to 12 years oldas of January 1, 2017

Kettunen Center (http://www.kettunencenter.org) in Tustin

February 4 to 5, 2017 (begins Saturday morning and ends before lunch on Sunday)

The Winterfest schedule and registration will be available in early December on the 4-H events web site . The $70 registration fee includes overnight housing, three meals, all session supplies and a special gift.

While you wait for 4-H Winterfest registration information to be posted on the Michigan 4-H web site, you can check the following for more information :
This workshop fills up quickly, so keep your eye peeled for registration information!

Inquiring Minds Early Childhood/Cloverbud Science Lessons
The purpose of "Inquiring Minds Want to Know: Science for Young Minds" is to provide ideas for facilitating science with young children so they gain important life skills and experience the excitement of science exploration. Science engages their curiosity, provides kids the opportunity to know that they can help solve the world's big problems, and provides practical tools for understanding everyday life.
A science facilitator's role is to encourage important life skills:
  • Critical thinking - Ask open-ended and thought-provoking questions.
  • Problem solving - Provide opportunities for children to develop their problem-solving skills through open-ended challenges.
  • Decision making - Through the exploration of science, children experience the wonder of wrong answers that lead to more exploration and discovery.
  • Learning to learn - Children self-direct their own learning because of their curiosity. They desire to understand the world they live in.
  • Creative thinking - Encourage children to carry out their off-the-wall ideas and discover what happens. Even if the experiments fail, the process of trying something new encourages creativity
  • Communication - Provide opportunities for children to share their discoveries through language by discussing them with peers and educators.
  • Teamwork - Provide opportunities for children to discuss, argue and compromise as a team while they engage in science exploration.
  • Perseverance - Failure is critical to science. When experiments do not work out as predicted, encourage children to try again and think about why it didn't work.
The scientific process for children involves observation, prediction, experimentation and interpreting the results. Through the exploration of the world around them, children make observations, using their senses to discover how things interact and impact their world. They learn through these observations and begin to predict what might happen before they begin experimenting and playing with their world.
Children use their observations, predictions and experiments to interpret how and why things happen and learn about the world. Children learn and retain more when teaching involves actions. You can help children recognize that they are learning when they are doing by posing simple questions while they are doing science. Combining activities with questions helps children learn.
Science is:
  • Inclusive: it is part of our daily lives - all day, every day, everywhere we go.
  • Across subjects: it's not isolated from everything else in our lives - it crosses into all subjects. It can be found in history, geography, philosophy, dance, music, shooting sports, art and beyond.
  • Developing literacy skills: literacy skills are integral to science - reading, writing and speaking are all essential to comprehending and communicating issues and ideas.
  • Developing math skills: math is integral to science - sorting and classifying, estimating, counting, measuring, graphing, collecting data and analyzing.
Science is not:
  • Knowing the answers - Science is about discovery, not about what you already know. Science is not a set of facts that have already been discovered by others. It is a process - a way of thinking and understanding the world. When you are working with young children, they may not get the correct answer, and that is fine. It is more import to encourage children to ask how and why.
  • A recipe - Science isn't just about following a set of instructions to get the same results each time. When experiments do not work out as predicted, help children to try again and think about why they didn't work. It is tempting when working with young children to have them follow the directions and achieve the predicted results, but that is not what science is about.
  • Magic - Science is about trying to understand why things happen. Science does create cool things that mystify your classroom. However, if you don't try to discover the science behind the magic, you are not doing science.
Science: Asking Questions, Discovering Answers
It's more important to ask the questions than to give the answer! Science is all around us. Explore it!
Lessons include:
* 16 Science activities for young children, 3 resources sheets

Activities can be used with:
4-H clubs, Cloverbuds, preschoolers, and afterschool programs

Find more details online at http://msue.anr.msu.edu/resources/inquiring_minds_want_to_know_science_activities_for_young_minds.  Training will available to use outside MSUE. Early Childhood audiences, contact Kendra Moyses or Kittie Butcher. Youth Development audiences, contact Darren Bagley , Tracy D'Augustino, Jan Brinn or Dorothy Munn.

4-H discount on Grand Rapids Griffins tickets - February 19th
Michigan 4-H will be at the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday, February 19th at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids ( flier attached).  There will be informational and interactive booths set up for families to visit at  6 p.m. Arrive early for your chance to win four tickets and a Zamboni ride for the March 17th game. By using the promo code, families will receive a $5 per ticket discount as well as no service fees!  

Capitol Experience - March 19-22
Interested in governance and how you can make an impact in Michigan? Join Michigan teens speaking out on the hot topics that matter to them in education, agriculture, health, crime, jobs, equality and the environment at Michigan 4-H Capitol Experience!
Michigan 4-H Capitol Experience is March 19-22, 2017. 4-H Capitol Experience is a four-day conference held in Lansing that focuses on civic engagement and public policy. The program is open to ALL high school students in Michigan. Each year, 75 to 100 students take action on issues that matter to them and learn how they can have an influence on state government and laws.
After choosing a current issue area (options below), participants interact with legislators, tour Michigan's Capitol, meet with state agency staff, lobbyists and other state-level experts, discover how policy is made, and explore various careers in public policy. Recreation is included in the schedule. At the end of the conference, the teens leave with an understanding of the impact that their voice can have on policy and their communities - now and in the future.

Choose Your Issue Area:
Participants will choose an issue area to learn more about and will work with other teens to draft a bill related to their issue that will go through a legislative simulation. Issue group choices include:
  • Animal Agriculture
  • Civil Rights
  • Community Health
  • Education
  • Environmental Quality
  • Human Services
  • Jobs & the Economy
  • Law Enforcement
  • Military & Veterans
  • Natural Resources
  • Plant Agriculture
  • Technology
Location, Registration & Cost
The Okemos Conference Center provides lodging for the program and also serves as the program
headquarters. Tours and agency visits take place at the State Capitol, Michigan Supreme Court, and
surrounding areas.
The cost is $350 for 4-H and Michigan Farm Bureau members, and $360 for non-members. Scholarships are available.  The registration fee includes all meals, lodging and material fees. The r egistration deadline is February 10, 2017. Register at events.anr.msu.edu For more information visit 4h.msue.msu.edu/events/4-h_capitol_experience .

Youth Beef Quality Assurance Webinar/Test Available for 4-H Clubs
Looking for resources to teach your 4-H clubs members about the youth BQA? 4-H families have access to a free recorded webinar from MSU Extension Educators Kable Thurlow and Frank Wardynski. After the webinar, your 4-H club members can take the youth BQA test. 4-H members who pass the exam with a 70% or higher will be mailed certificates from MSU Extension and the youth BQA program for successfully completed the lesson. For more information, contact MSU Extension Program Coordinator Seth Martin for the link to the webinar and test at (586) 783-8163

Michigan 4-H Horse Judges & Volunteers Conference - January 14-15
Calendars of Events -----------------------------------------------------------------
Macomb County 4-H Calendar of Events

January 2
County offices closed
January 12
Macomb County 4-H Youth Council Meeting
6:30 p.m., Camp Rotary, Ray Township

January 16
County offices closed

January 21
Snowshoeing: A Michigan Tradition
5 p.m., Stony Creek Metropark, Shelby Township
March 11
4-H Youth Craft Day
1-3 p.m., MSU Extension, Clinton Township
March 14
4-H Exploration Days registration begins
9 a.m., Macomb County MSU Extension
(Forms turned in early will be entered in the order received)
May 11
Macomb County 4-H Youth Council Meeting
6:30 p.m., Camp Rotary, Ray Township
July 13
Macomb County 4-H Youth Council Meeting
6:30 p.m., Camp Rotary, Ray Township

Other Local Events

January 11
Benefits of Essential Oils
6:30 p.m, Mount Clemens Library, Mount Clemens

January 23
Armada Fair Livestock Sale Committee Meeting & Elections
7 p.m., Grange Hall, Armada Fairgrounds, Armada

February 4
10 a.m.-2 p.m., Thompson Family Resource Center, Warren

February 15
Michigan Invasive Species
6:30 p.m., Mount Clemens Library, Mount Clemens

March 30
Flowering Vines to Love (and Avoid)
6:30 p.m., Mount Clemens Library, Mount Clemens

April 11
Orchid Basics
6:30 p.m., Mount Clemens Library, Mount Clemens

May 15
Fun with Lavender
6:30 p.m., Mount Clemens Library, Mount Clemens

July 12
Bats of Michigan
6:30 p.m., Mount Clemens Library, Mount Clemens

Statewide 4-H Calendar of Events

January 7
4-H State Awards Workshop (writing workshop)
10 a.m., Monroe County MSU Extension, Monroe

January 10
4-H State Awards Workshop
6-7 p.m., Lapeer County MSU Extension, Lapeer

January 11
Bowers School Farm, Bloomfield Hills
Contact Karen Waite
Crowne Plaza, Lansing

January 14
4-H State Awards Workshop
9 a.m., Newaygo County MSU Extension, Fremont

January 17
4-H State Awards Workshop
6 p.m., Emmett County MSU Extension, Harbor Springs

January 22
4-H State Awards Workshop (writing workshop)
2 p.m., Monroe County MSU Extension, Monroe

January 22
4-H Day at the Breslin 
Jack Breslin Events Center, East Lansing
Michigan 4-H members, volunteers, staff & their families are invited to attend!

January 27-29
MSU Pavilion, Lansing
MSU Tollgate Education Conference Center, Novi

MSU Pavilion, Lansing

January 28-29
Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports Archery Certification Workshop
4 Square Sportsmen's Club, Jeddo
Kettunen Center, Tustin

February 1
Mark of Excellence Essays due
County Extension office

February 1
State Awards applications due
February 3-4
  4-H/MQHA Clinic Weekend
MSU Pavilion, Lansing

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

February 19
Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids
Anthony Hall, MSU, East Lansing

March 26
4-H & FFA State Horse Judging Contest
MSU, East Lansing

April 8
Norma Agnew Memorial 4-H Hairy Horse Show
MSU, East Lansing

June 21-23
4-H Exploration Days
MSU, East Lansing
For the most up-to-date events listing, go to http://4h.msue.msu.edu/events

Animal Science Youth Extension Office Events Calendar: 

National 4-H Events
National 4-H Conference Center, Chevy Chase, Maryland