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February 23, 2015 
County 4-H Announcements


4-H Member Enrollment Deadlines Approaching

Member enrollments are accepted at any time, however, returning members planning to show 4-H projects at the 2015 Armada Fair must be enrolled online at https://mi.4honline.com by 11:59 p.m. on March 6, 2015. New members must be enrolled online by 11:59 p.m. on April 1, 2015. State 4-H participation fee payments and online entries must be received by Macomb County MSU Extension to finalize enrollment.


Horse project members planning to participate in Macomb County  

4-H horse shows must also register with the Macomb County

4-H Horse Program Committee by May 1st. See your club leader

for more information.


Shooting sports project members are required to turn in a completed Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports Parental Permission & Acknowledgement of Risk form to their club leader or Macomb County MSU Extension before participating in 4-H shooting sports activities or events.


Enrollment tips:

1) Select Macomb County as your primary county when setting up your family profile and when adding your individual record. If your primary club is in another county and you're sharing projects with a Macomb County club, select Macomb County as a second 4-H county.


2) Pay your $10 state 4-H participation fee to your primary club leader or primary county MSU Extension office. Make checks out to MSU. Cash or check payments are accepted. 


3) Make sure you add your club(s) and your projects to your record. If you are enrolling as a volunteer, please indicate your volunteer type. This is especially important for Administrative leaders.


4) Use browsers Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Explorer (version 10 or newer) when enrolling onlne. Older versions of Explorer will not work.


Administrative club leaders should have each received a club password and instructions for accessing their club's records online. If you are an administrative leader and did not receive a club password or instructions, contact Macomb County MSU Extension. You will need this information to view your club records, approve your members, and run reports.


Enrollment instructions:

First you need to set up a family profile. Go to https://mi.4honline.com.


1. Click "I need to set up a profile."

2. Select the county in which you want to join 4-H and then type your valid family email address. Note that if an invalid email address is entered, you will not be able to edit your record. The same email address cannot be used for two different family records.

3. Confirm your email address.

4. Create your password (must be 8 characters and include at least one letter and one number/symbol)

5. Select "Family" as your role

6. Click on "Create login"

7. The next screen to appear should be the family information page. Fill in the blank fields and click "Continue" at the bottom of the page.


Next, add yourself to your family record.


8. Under "Add a new family member," select "Adult" or "Youth" depending on your role, then click "Add member"

9. Fill out the fields on the next page that appears, making sure to indicate whether you're a volunteer. Click "Continue" at the bottom of the page.

10. Agree and type your name for the Code of Conduct, Evaluation Acknowledgement, Media Release, and Medical Treatment Authorization and click "Continue"

11. Fill out medical information. Click "Continue"

12. Next, add clubs you are in and indicate your role in each. Click "Add club" after each addition. Click "Continue" at the bottom of the page. Resource leaders not connected to a club should select "Resource Volunteer" from the club list.


13. Next, add projects. For each project:

          a) Select the club you're doing a project with

          b) Select the project. 

          c) Select your volunteer type for that project if you're a volunteer

          d) Click "Add project"


14. Click "Submit enrollment" 



If you have any questions, concerns or issues with enrollment, please contact Macomb County MSU Extension at 586-469-6431 or macomb.4h@macombgov.org. Regular office hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.



Leader Types Defined

If adult volunteers are unsure about which leader type to enter when enrolling online, these definitions will help:


Administrative Leader

Individuals who have completed VSP and provide overall leadership to a club or group.  They are responsible for the organization of the project groups within the club or group. May also be known as General or Club leader.


Project Leader

Individuals who have completed VSP and provide on-going leadership to a project within a club or group. It is possible for a club to have more than one project leader for a project. These volunteer leaders provide support to members enrolled in specific projects.


Activity Volunteer

Individuals who have completed VSP and provide leadership or assist with an activity or variety of activities in the 4-H Program. They may work independently or with a club, council, group or committee to carry out an activity.


Resource Volunteer

Individuals who have completed VSP and serve as a resource for the 4-H program. They may provide leadership for a single learning experience, short term program or be utilized as needed for their expertise. 



Individuals who have completed VSP and serve as a designated mentor. 4-H mentors are matched with 1-4 youth for the purpose of developing a long-term mentoring relationship. This includes those who volunteer with 4-H Tech Wizards, one-on-one mentoring programs and other small group mentoring efforts.


Episodic Volunteers

Individuals who have not completed the VSP Process but assist the 4-H program through their efforts. These may include instructors, judges, committee members, industry representatives, etc. These individuals may not serve as chaperones or be left unattended with members. 



Richard Wooten

Interim District 11 Coordinator


Kea Norrell-Aitch

Extension Educator


Dequindre Bell

4-H Mentor Program Coordinator

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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Youth Livestock Committee to hold open bylaws review Feb. 23

The Armada Fair Youth Livestock Committee will be having open decisions on the current bylaws with the intent to expand and update the current bylaws that are in place. The date for this review is Monday, February 23, 2015 at 7 p.m. at Grange Hall on the Armada Fairgrounds. All 4-H-er's and their families are welcome to attend.



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.


February 23rd

March 23rd

April 27th

May 25th

June 22nd


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



Horse Show Ad Book Information is Online

The 2015 Macomb County 4-H Horse Show ad book fundraiser information is now online at http://msue.macombgov.org/?q=MSUE-4H-Programs-Animals-Horses:


2015 Ad Book Fundraiser Information Packet - Leader Copy 
2015 Ad Book Tally Sheet 
2015 Ad Book Donor Receipt 



Don't Miss the 35th Annual Ray's Riding Rascals 4-H Tack Sale on March 7th

Ray's Riding Rascals 4-H Club is holding their 35th annual 4-H Horse Tack Sale from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 7th at the Berville Lions Field Hall, 13651 Hough Road, Allenton. Buy or sell anything for horse or rider! The sale is open to the public and will feature new and used tack and clothing. For more information, contact Michelle at 248-425-3174 or visit http://raysridingrascals4h.webs.com/tacksale.htm.  


4-H Family Fun Night

Come one, come all, have some fun, have a ball! On March 12th, 2015 the Macomb County 4-H Council is hosting a "4-H Fun Night" consisting of board games, refreshments, and socialization between the different Macomb County Clubs.  4-H members of all ages and their families are welcome, and even friends that are not in 4-H are encouraged to tag along.  This will be a great experience to meet new people, talk to the Council, and have some fun! Preceding the Fun Night at 6 p.m., there will be a short Macomb County 4-H Youth Council meeting starting at 5:45 p.m. for individuals who would like to sit in on or participate in and have their voice heard.  The event will be held at Camp Rotary in Ray Township, and is predicted to end around 8 p.m., but of course, if needed, people may leave early. Hope to see you there!


Time: 5:45 p.m.-8 p.m. (if attending council meeting) or 6p.m.-8 p.m.

Location: Camp Rotary Activities Building, 20505 29 Mile Road, Ray Township, MI 48096 (29 Mile Road just east of Wolcott Road). R.S.V.P. online at http://goo.gl/l9Fa4L.


Submitted by Karalee Jerse, 4-H Youth Council President



St. Clair County 4-H presents From the Forest to the Table Workshop

What: From the Forest to the Table offers educational, hands-on sessions for youth.

When: Saturday, March 7 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Where: Four Square Sportsman's Club, 6779 Cline Rd., Grant Township

Who: Youth, ages 10-19 years

Cost: $5 for St. Clair County 4-H members; $10 for out of county or non-4-H youth

Register: This workshop fills up fast, so act now! Registration form and payment are due by Friday, February 27.


For the registration form and more information, visit




Community Service Opportunity at Wolcott Mill Metropark

Wolcott Mill Metropark is looking for help for the Maple Sweetness program at the Historic Center. The volunteer need is for every Saturday and Sunday in March from 9:30 am to 4 pm, with the exception of the 14th and 15th. The 14th and 15th is the Maple Syrup Festival. We are in need of volunteers to help do crafts (1 to 2 people) and help with sales (1 to 2 people) for our weekend programs. For our Festival, we are in need of about 15 people to come out and help do various jobs from 10 am to about 5 pm. These jobs will be helping with crafts, food, concessions, tending to a fire (must be an adult), and other various tasks. Keep in mind these programs are mainly outside and you will need to dress for appropriately for the weather. If you are interested, please call the Farm Center at 586-752-5932 with available times and dates.



Environmental and Outdoor Education Workshop

Come explore & discover how to incorporate environmental education (EE) into your lessons and activities with youth. The opportunities & challenges will inspire you to be a difference maker in our changing world. This workshop is a hands-on, experiential format. You will be a participant; not a recipient. However, you will leave with more knowledge & valuable resource materials that will help you teach  youth to help make our world a better place to live! A small meal and beverages are included. 


WHO: K-12 teachers, 4-H Volunteers, Youth Leaders                

TIME: 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

COST: $20.00 (check with the 4-H Youth Council for scholarships)

WHERE: Locations across the state.

The closest location to Macomb County is on March 11th in Oakland County at Tollgate Education Center (Novi).


See the flyer for more information, including how to register. 



Food Preservation for Youth

4-H Youth Food Preservation: Preserving Jams and Jellies will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. on March 12, 2015 at Macomb County MSU Extension, 21885 Dunham Road, Assembly Room A, Clinton Township, MI 48036. Learn how to prepare canned jams and jellies. This class will provide you with handouts and resources to reference. The cost of the workshop is $10.00. This workshop will be taught by an experienced MSU Extension food safety educator and is designed for school kids grades 4 through 12. Register online at http://events.anr.msu.edu/event.cfm?folder=foodpres03122015 by March 9, 2015. For more information, contact haramin2@anr.msu.edu or 313-567-9701 ext. 104.


"Build Your Future" Curriculum Trainings

The "Build Your Future: Choices ...Connections...Careers" curriculum helps teens investigate career interests, identify goals, develop employability skills and explore post-secondary 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. Learn how to implement this new National 4-H curriculum focusing on career exploration and workforce preparation written by Michigan State University Extension Educators by attending one of the following opportunities:


Introduction to Build your Future - This FREE introductory training will be on February 23 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Genesee County MSU Extension office and provides an overview of the curriculum and a sampling of lessons. For more information and to register go to:  http://events.anr.msu.edu/IntroBYF/.


Build Your Future Curriculum -Train the Trainer: This training will be held on March 18 in Oakland County from 4-9 p.m.  At the completion of the training, attendees will have what they need to start using the curriculum immediately. The $30 cost includes the full curriculum, a curriculum toolkit ($90 value) and refreshments. For more information and to register go to:http://events.anr.msu.edu/BYFgrant/. 


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/. 


Take the No Bull Challenge

4-H'ers are encouraged and to promote the importance of creating a positive school culture to end cyber and all other forms of bullying on a global basis by entering the Great American No Bull Challenge. Take the Challenge and Just say - No Bull! The Great American NO BULL Challenge is the first, student-led National video contest and Teen Video Awards show dedicated to bullying prevention and promoting empathy, respect, and inclusive communities using the power of music and the magic of filmmaking.  This year, the competition includes full length videos of 2 - 5 minutes, PSA's of 30 - 60 seconds and Vine videos!  The goal of the NO BULL Challenge is to join America's students, educators, counselors, organizations, communities, and corporate America together in an effort to enable realchange at the student level.


U.S. middle and high school students between the ages of 13 - 18 and college students ages 19-23 are challenged to create a 2-5 minute video or 30-60 second PSA or a Vine with a digital responsibility or a bullying prevention theme. Students will submit their video to the NO BULL Challenge no later than April 19, 2015  at 11:59 PM (PST). Check out the Resouces and the Toolkit available at  http://www.nobullchallenge.org/#!resources/c1u0p to learn what you need to know to create your video. Beginning April 24, 2015, each student will rally their friends, family, educators and community to vote for their video.


Nominees will be selected from the top 25 favorite videos by a panel of expert judges. The NO BULL nominees will be announced on May 19, 2015. All nominees will receive a golden ticket to attend the NO BULL Teen Video Awards show on August 8, 2015. At the NO BULL Teen Video Awards show, you'll get to see amazing artists perform live and meet your favorite athletes and celebrities on the red carpet. Winning videos will be announced live.


The homepage for the Great American No Bull Challenge is  



Cottage Food Law Program Offered in Macomb County

A Cottage Food Law program will take place at Macomb County MSU Extension's Assembly Room B, 21885 Dunham Road, Clinton Township from 4-6 p.m. on February 26, 2015. This workshop combines the business and food safety aspects of preparing and selling cottage foods safely and successfully. Learn what foods can be legally produced and how to label and sell them.

MSU Extension will be working with the MSU Product Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources to cover the business aspects of the Cottage Food Law. Cost of the workshop is $20 and includes a certificate that states participant has taken food safety training related to Michigan Cottage Foods.  

This workshop will be taught by MSU Extension Food Safety and MSU Product Center Educators. Register online at http://events.anr.msu.edu/event.cfm?folder=cottagefoodlaw02262015 by February 19, 2015. For more information about Michigan Cottage Food Law and for the online training go to www.msue.msu.edu and search "Cottage Food Law."


Volunteers Needed for Special Needs Gardening Program

Richard Goike of Goikes Gardens has submitted a project request seeking a couple of volunteers who would be interested in educating children with disabilities that would usually not have the opportunity to learn about the magic of gardening and the importance of growing healthy, self-sustainable food.  It would involve a once a week visit from spring until fall.  Goikes Gardens is located at 80661 Van Dyke (nearest cross streets are Van Dyke and Bordman).  This could be done as Master Gardener Project or as part of a 4-H Club.  Contact Richard or Sherry Goike at 810-798-0404 for more information or to volunteer. 

County 4-H Calendar


February 23

Armada Fair Youth Livestock Committee Meeting

7 p.m., Grange Hall, Armada Fairgrounds, Armada


February 23

Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Committee Meeting

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


February 23

Introduction to Build Your Future 

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Genesee County MSU Extension, Flint


February 26

Cottage Food Law

4-6 p.m., Macomb County MSU Extension, Clinton Township


March 6

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


March 7

Ray's Riding Rascals 4-H Horse Tack Sale

10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Berville Lions Hall, Allenton


March 7

From the Forest to the Table Workshop

8 a.m.-4 p.m., Four Square Sportsmen's Club, Grant Township


March 9

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

March 11

Environmental & Outdoor Education Workshop

Tollgate Education Center, Novi

March 12

4-H Youth Food Preservation: Preserving Jams & Jellies

6-8:30 p.m., Macomb County MSU Extension, Clinton Township


March 12

4-H Youth Council Meeting & Family Fun Night

6:45 p.m., Camp Rotary, Ray Township


March 17

4-H Exploration Days registration opens, 9 a.m.


March 18

Build Your Future - Train the Trainer

4-9 p.m., Oakland County


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


April 13

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


April 18

Students Producing Awesome Robust Communities (SPARC)

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


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

Statewide 4-H Calendar of Events

4-H Workshops

March 9

Environmental & Outdoor Education Workshop

Contact Nick Baumgart

Grand Traverse County Civic Center, Traverse City


March 10

Environmental & Outdoor Education Workshop

Contact Nick Baumgart

Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, Augusta


March 11

Environmental & Outdoor Education Workshop

Contact Nick Baumgart

Tollgate Education Conference Center, Novi


March 12

Environmental & Outdoor Education Workshop

Contact Nick Baumgart

Saginaw County MSU Extension Office, Saginaw


March 13

Environmental & Outdoor Education Workshop

Contact Nick Baumgart

Industrial Arts Institute, Onaway


March 16

Environmental & Outdoor Education Workshop

Contact Nick Baumgart

Luce County MSU Extension Office, Newberry


March 23

Environmental & Outdoor Education Workshop

Contact Nick Baumgart

Moosewood Nature Center, Marquette


March 30

Environmental & Outdoor Education Workshop

Contact Nick Baumgart

Lindquist Center, Gogebic Community College, Ironwood



Other 4-H Events

March 6-24

Michigan Envirothon Regional Competitions



March 7

Spring Galaxy Meeting: 4-H Horse Program Committee

Contact Taylor Fabus

Anthony Hall ,MSU, East Lansing


March 13-15

Michigan 4-H Dairy Conference

Kettunen Center, Tustin


March 22-25

4-H Capitol Experience



March 29

4-H Hairy Horse Benefit Show

Contact Karen Waite

MSU Pavilion, East Lansing



For the most up-to-date events listing, go to http://4h.msue.msu.edu/events
Statewide 4-H News
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Mega Bucks 8th Annual Showpig and Boer Goat Sale

Mega Bucks 8th Annual Showpig and Boer Goat Sale is Saturday, March 28, 2015, at Whitley County Fairgrounds in Columbia City, Indiana. The Boer Goat Sale is at 11:30 a.m. The pig sale is at 12:30 p.m. Questions? Contact Jeff Brown at jbrown@wsmgetchilled.com or 260-312-5777.