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March 20,
Macomb County 4-H Announcements

4-H Outdoor Education & Recreation Program Committee Meets April 14th

The next Outdoor Education & Recreation Program Committee meeting is Tuesday, April 14th at 6:30 p.m. at Camp Rotary in Ray Township (29 Mile Road west of North Avenue).



Macomb County 4-H Outdoorama is May 30th

Macomb County 4-H Outdoorama is fun for kids and adults. Come learn what 4-H has to offer in the outdoors! Sessions include orienteering, fire starting, shelter building, shooting sports, plant and track identification, hiking, and more.


When: Saturday, May 30 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Where: Camp Rotary, 20505 29 Mile Road, Ray Township

Who: 4-H members (ages 10-19), leaders, volunteers, and parents

Cost: $5 per participant (youth or adult), which includes lunch

Pre-registration will be required. Stay tuned for more details. 


Teen & Adult Volunteers Needed for 4-H Outdoorama

Teen and adult volunteers are needed for Outdoorama on May 30th. Help as group leaders, helpers for registration/check-in, servers for lunch, and much more! An orientation meeting for volunteers is Tuesday, April 14th at 6:30 p.m. at Camp Rotary during the Macomb County 4-H Outdoor Education & Recreation Program Committee meeting. Please contact the 4-H office at 586-469-6431 or Macomb.4h@macombgov.org to get on the volunteer list.



4-H Observation Ride Test Information

According to the Macomb County 4-H Horse Project Rules and Regulations, "members must have passed the basic observation ride and/or jump observation to be eligible to participate in the point shows if showing in riding classes."

At a recent Horse Program Committee meeting, the 2015 observation ride was scheduled for Saturday, April 11 (with make-up on April 25), at MacErin Equestrian Centre, 26550 32 Mile Road, Lenox, MI 48050. The time will be determined based on the number of riders.

Leaders, please submit names of club members who will participate in the observation ride to Anita Cipa (amcipa@comcast.net or 586-596-8606) by April 1. Include:

O  Name of member
O  Contact information (email, address, phone)
O  Club Name
O  Indicate whether testing for basic or jumping
O  Indicate if rider will be trailering with a friend (so similar times can be assigned)
O  Indicate date of choice - April 11 or April 25*

*If the above 2 dates do not work with your club member's schedule, an individual ride can be scheduled at their own barn.  Cost is $35.00 per rider.

All participants must provide negative coggins on the day of this event along with a signed waiver (provided by MacErin Equestrian Centre).  No exceptions will be made.

A Little Tacky will be hosting this event and will provide beverages and snacks.

Submitted by Anita Cipa, Observation Ride Coordinator


Macomb County
4-H Staff

Richard Wooten

District 11 Coordinator


Kea Norrell-Aitch

Extension Educator


Mark Cowan

Americorps, 4-H Tech Wizards


Elizabeth Duran

4-H Program Coordinator


Kathy Jamieson

4-H Extension Educator


Lisa Kelley

Program Coordinator, 4-H Tech Wizards


Scott Lakin

Extension Educator, 4-H Tech Wizards


Marinda Ochs

4-H Program Coordinator

Roberta Busquaert

Computer Maintenance Clerk



(586) 469-6431


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Exploration Days 2015

Exploration Days registration is 
open through April 28th. 
Register soon for this popular annual youth conference at MSU! Sessions fill quickly, so don't wait too long!
Visi http://4h.msue.msu.edu/events/4-h_exploration_days  or contact Macomb County MSU Extension for more information. A limited number of partial scholarships are available.

Exploration Days Orientation
June 1, 2015 / 6:30 p.m.
Macomb County MSU Extension
21885 Dunham Road
Clinton Township, MI 48036
Mandatory for all participants. R.S.V.P. to macomb.4h@macombgov.org.
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Armada Fair Youth Livestock Sale Committee Meeting - March 23

The next Armada Fair Youth Livestock Sale Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday March 23, 2015 7pm at the Grange Hall.  The Committee by-laws have been updated and are scheduled to be approved at that meeting.  The proposed by-laws can be viewed on the Armada Fair website.  www.armadafair.org.  All adults and teens involved in the livestock projects are encouraged to attend.  Elections to the Committee will also take place at this meeting.  There are some open seats available.  IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT ALL CLUBS HAVE REPRESENTATION ON THIS COMMITTEE. 

Submitted by JoEllen Clark


Armada Fair Updates

  • 2015 Theme "Oh the Thinks You Can Think When You Think of 4-H"
  • 4-H Fair Superintendents Meeting is April 6, 2015, 6-8:30 p.m.
  • 4-H Club Leader Fair Meeting is April 6, 2015, 7-8:30 p.m. 
  • Fair clean up dates are May 31, 2015 and July 26th, 2015 10 a.m.-noon. Please bring anything you think will help, such as rakes, shovels, gardening tools, etc.
  • Entries accepted June 1-June 30. An important reminder to all leaders is that THEY, the leaders, need to take the entire club's forms to the fair office or mail them to the fair office. No children should be dropping off forms. The Fair Office WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING ANY MAILED ENTRIES FROM INDIVIDUAL CHILDREN. 
  • 4-H books will be done in April; leaders can come get their packets.
  • Parent armbands at $25 are still available.
  • Tagging dates are:
    • Swine, Goat, Lamb and Prospect Beef tagging are June 7th from 10am to Noon
    • Rabbit and Poultry tagging is July 25th from 10am to Noon.
    • The Bill Hahn Memorial Scholarship is available on the web and attached.  It is due on April 15th.

MSUE's Road Ballot Proposal Program Rescheduled

MSU Extension's March 23 Road Ballot proposal program in Clinton Township has been cancelled and rescheduled  for March 30 at the Roseville City Hall Council Chambers from 6-8:15 p.m. Roseville City Hall is located at 29777 Gratiot Ave just south of Common Road (12 � Mile) behind the 39th District Court and the Roseville Police Station.


Build Your Future: Choices...Connections...Careers Curriculum Training

Learn how to implement this new National 4-H curriculum focusing on career exploration and workforce preparation in your club, school or community group. The "Build Your Future" curriculum helps teens investigate career interests, identify goals, develop employability skills and explore postsecondary education options and sources of funding. Nine engaging chapters provide a fun structure to help teens learn about their choices, make important connections and plan successful, meaningful careers. Who should attend? Thanks to a 4-H Participation Fee Grant, this training is only $30 and includes 1) A full curriculum, both the Facilitator Guide and Career Journal, a $23.95 value; 2) A curriculum toolkit with pre-cut/printed materials and tools needed to implement the curriculum with ease, a $90 value; 3) Refreshments.


The training is Monday, May 4, 2015, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Max Thompson Community Center, 11370 Hupp (corner of Hupp and Marmon), Warren. Register online at http://events.anr.msu.edu/BYFgrant/ For more information, contact Kathy Jamieson: at jamies13@anr.msu.edu  or 586-469-6093.


Members: Enroll/Reenroll by April 1 to be Eligible for Fair
The Macomb County 2014-15 4-H reenrollment deadline has been extended to April 1. If you haven't done so yet, please enroll/reenroll online at  https://mi.4honline.com. New and returning members now have until Wednesday, April 1, 2015 to enroll and be eligible to show projects under 4-H at the 2015 Armada Fair. Online enrollment instructions are in the  4-H Online Family Guide. Those who need assistance or are without internet access should contact Macomb County MSU Extension at 586-469-6431 or  macomb.4h@macombgov.org.

State 4-H participation fees must be received at the county Extension office for enrollments to be considered complete. Members should only pay the $10 per youth State 4-H participation fee once each year, in the county where their primary club is located. Cash or check payments should be given to your club leader or to the county MSU Extension office. 

Administrative leaders, please monitor your club records online to make sure that your members and volunteers are enrolled appropriately. You should have received an email with your club password and instructions. If you didn't get a password, contact Macomb County MSU Extension.


Interested in Rocketry? Sign up for Aerospace

If you are interested in taking Model Rocketry in Macomb County this year, be sure to add Macomb Clown Arounds 4-H Club and the aerospace project to your 4-H Online record.


Chinchilla Offered Free to a Good Home

Free chinchilla to a good home, female, 3-4 years old, comes with large cage, toys, and other supplies. Call Olivia at 586-255-2915 for more information.


Swan Lake Tickets Available for Weekend Performance

FREE tickets are still available to the Moscow City Ballet: Swan Lake for 4-H members and their families. First come, first serve. Call 586-469-6431 or email macomb.4h@macombgov.org to reserve your tickets. The 8 p.m. performance is March 21st at the Wharton Center in East Lansing. Tickets should be picked up at the MSU Extension in Clinton Township by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 20th. For event details, visit: http://www.whartoncenter.com/events/detail/moscow-city-ballet-swan-lake .


Youth PQA Training

Swine project members, save the date! A Youth Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) training will be held on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, from 6 -7 p.m. at Grange Hall on the Armada Fairgrounds. Plan to attend this educational session to gain PQA certification.


Plant Science on the Road

Plant Science On the Road will be held at Macomb County MSU Extension's new Thompson Center location, 11370 Hupp, Warren, from 10 a.m.-noon on May 2, 2015. Participants will:

  • Learn more about 4-H plant science projects
  • Learn how 4-H plant science enhances common core curriculum
  • Cloverbud activities (5-8 year olds)
  • Soil  science activities
  • Learn about available resources
  • Learn about plant and soil sciences careers

The cost for this workshop is $10 per person. Participants will each receive an activity kit with materials to use with their clubs/groups. Please register at http://msue.anr.msu.edu/events . Questions? Contact Macomb County MSU Extension at 586-469-6431 or Macomb.4h@macombgov.org.



4-H Horse Program Committee to Meet 4th Mondays

The Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Committee will meet the 4th Monday of each month through June. Meetings are at Camp Rotary and will start at 6:30 p.m. on March 23, April 27, May 25, and 

June 22.


4-H Horse Show Participants: Enroll and Register with the 4-H Horse Program 

Youth planning to participate in the Macomb County 4-H Horse Shows must be registered with Macomb County 4-H by the enrollment deadline and with the Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Committee by May 1st. See your club leader or a Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Committee member for more information.


Macomb County 4-H Horse Show Dates

The Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Committee hosts three point shows for saddle or light horses, one a double judge show in the spring and three mini/draft shows. All shows are held at Camp Rotary, part of Wolcott Mill Metropark, located on 29 Mile Raod, east of Romeo Plank.


May 23, 2015 -  Lights at Camp Rotary

June 6, 2015 - Minis/Drafts at Camp Rotary

Jun 13, 2015 -  Minis/Drafts at Camp Rotary

June 20, 2015 - Lights at Camp Rotary - Double Judge

June 27, 2015 - Lights at Camp Rotary

July 11, 2015 - Minis/Drafts at Camp Rotary

June 30, 2015  - State Mandatory Qualifier Meeting at Camp Rotary

August 1, 2015 -  Fun Show at Camp Rotary

August 7-9, 2015 - Lights State 4-H at MSU

August 22, 2015 - Minis State 4-H at MSU

August 17-23, 2015 - Armada Fair


Students Producing Awesome Robust Communities (SPARC)

Did you know tourism is Michigan's 2nd largest industry? Are you interested in developing creative ideas that could become a booming business venture, attracting new customers and tourist to your community? Join other like-minded students (college and high school) for a high energy day to learn how to grow your idea so you can sell the Next Big Thing.  Get ready to create some S.P.A.R.C. in Flint on Saturday, April 18, 2015 , from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Genesee County Michigan State University Extension, 605 N. Saginaw, Suite 1-A, Flint, MI 48502. For more information and to register: http://events.anr.msu.edu/SPARC/


Macomb County 4-H Calendar of Events


March 23

Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Committee Meeting

6:30 p.m., Camp Rotary, Ray Township 


March 28-29

4-H Regional Archery Training

Adams Butzel Recreation Center, Detroit


April 1

Enrollment deadline for new and returning Macomb County 4-H members planning to show 4-H projects at the 2015 Armada Fair. Enroll online at https://mi.4honline.com

April 6

Fair Superintendents Meeting

6:30-8:30 p.m.


April 6

4-H Club Leader Fair Meeting

7-8 p.m.


April 11

Macomb County 4-H Observation Ride Test

Time TBD, MacErin Equestrian Centre, Lenox Township


April 14

Macomb County 4-H Outdoor Education & Recreation Program Committee Meeting

6:30 p.m., Camp Rotary, Ray Township


April 18

Students Producing Awesome Robust Communities (SPARC)

10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Genesee County MSU Extension, Flint


April 25

Macomb County 4-H Observation Ride Test Make-Up

Time TBD, MacErin Equestrian Centre, Lenox Township


May 1

Last day for 4-H horse project members planning to show at the Macomb County 4-H horse point shows to register with the Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Committee


May 1

4-H Horse Show Ad Book sales due to macomb4hads@att.net


May 2

Plant Science on the Road

10 a.m.-Noon, Thompson Center, Warren


May 4

Build Your Future Curriculum Training

9 a.m.-1 p.m., Thompson Center, Warren


May 30

Macomb County 4-H Outdoorama

10 a.m.-3 p.m., Camp Rotary, Ray Township


May 31

Armada Fair Cleanup

10 a.m.-Noon, Armada Fairgrounds, Armada


June 1-30

4-H entries accepted from leaders at the Armada Fair Office


June 7

Swine, Goat, Lamb and Prospect Beef Tagging

10 a.m.-Noon, Armada Fairgrounds, Armada


July 25

Rabbit and Poultry Tagging

10 a.m.-Noon, Armada Fairgrounds, Armada


July 26

Armada Fair Cleanup

10 a.m.-Noon, Armada Fairgrounds, Armada


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