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 February 10, 2016    
Macomb County 4-H News
Macomb MSU Extension Welcomes Seth Martin

Seth Martin
Macomb County MSU Extension is excited to introduce Seth Martin, its newest 4-H Program Coordinator. On the job since February 1, 2016, Martin will be working with livestock areas (beef, poultry, dairy cattle, goats, sheep, swine), horses, outdoor education and recreation projects, and science/STEM projects. In addition, he will be sharing fair, Macomb County 4-H Youth Council, club development and volunteer screening responsibilities. 

A lifelong resident of Macomb County, Martin recently graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn with a degree in Environmental Studies and has a passion for the outdoors to go along with it. 

"Getting outdoors is a rewarding experience, and I hope to share that with all Macomb County 4-H clubs," he said. "I'm here to help with any questions or concerns, and look forward to working with and getting to know the 4-H families in Macomb County."
Please join us in offering Seth a friendly 4-H welcome!

BIG CHANGES for Macomb County 4-H
Basic accounting principles dictate that the money coming in must be greater than what goes out. In an effort to reduce expenses and stay in the black, the Macomb County 4-H Youth Council has decided to make some changes in the spending of Council monies. It was suggested and voted on during the November meeting that the purchasing of member pins can no longer be done.  
Another change will be new requirements in considering Exploration Days and State 4-H Participation Fee scholarships for members. Effective this program year, it will be a requirement for members who seek scholarships to have participated in County wide events and or the fund raiser at the Armada Fair. They must also have supported the Macomb County 4-H Youth Council and take a more active role in the running of Macomb County 4-H. 
The 4-H pledge says "I pledge my hands to larger service for my club, my community, my country and my world". There seems to be inequity with a handful of members bearing the responsibility of making 4-H in Macomb County a fun, quality education program. It has always been an expectation when Council provides monies for members to attend events or programs the member s would return and share the knowledge gained with their community who helped get them there.
How can members participate? They can attend Youth Council meetings and be part of the decision making. Or, members can assist in the planning and facilitating of county wide special events. Last year the council planned several wide county events, parades, opportunities at TSC, Family Farm & Fleet and Family Fun Night.  Members can also sit on or participate in one of the Council subcommittees. The subcommittees are Outreach and Education, Recognition, and Fund Development. The next scheduled Council meetings are March 10, May 12, July 21 and September 8 at Camp Rotary, 20505 29 Mile Road, Ray Township. Meetings start at 6:30 p.m. and are usually over by 8 p.m. 
The new forms will be posted online at  http://msue.macombgov.org/?q=MSUE-4H-Resources-Forms . A copy of the new forms will also be sent via 4-H online to all families. 
The two upcoming county wide opportunities are a small livestock clinic the Youth Council is planning and 2016 County Awards. Any youth or adult who would like to be a part of either of these events contact any of the Youth Council officers or Extension Staff.  
The Macomb County 4-H Youth Council feels that these new requirements will help to balance the budget and that when members work together they will bond, establish a feeling of community, and that many hands will make light work. In the past, the Petting Farm was a lucrative fund raiser. The Council has tried and will continue to try to establish a new fund raiser that is fun as well as lucrative. 

4-H Camp coming to Warren Feb. 15-19
A 4-H Camp for youth in grades K-6 will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. from February 15-19, 2016 at the Thompson Community Center, 11370 Hupp Avenue, Warren. The cost is $50 per session. Hosted by Michigan State University Extension, youth participants will experience fun, educational activities. 4-H curriculum will be used for all programming. Topics for the camp will focus on healthy lifestyles, creative art and STEM activities. Register online at http://events.anr.msu.edu/4Hwinterbreakcamp2016/. For more information, contact Elizabeth Duran, 4-H Program Coordinator, at 586-469-6090 or 586-469-7614.

Save the Date for "4-H Meets at the Apple Store"
Save the date for "4-H Meets at the Apple Store." Members in grades 5-12 will be able to create amazing work right on the spot! They'll take their imaginations to new heights using Apple products to produce immersive, creative projects. This 1 1/2 hour program will be held at the Apple Store at Partridge Creek, 17360 Hall Road, Clinton Township, on April 16th. The time and registration information will be announced.
Macomb County
4-H Staff 

Richard Wooten
District 11 Coordinator
4-H Extension Educator
4-H Mentor Program Coordinator
4-H Program Coordinator
4-H Extension Educator
Program Coordinator, 
4-H Tech Wizards

Seth Martin
4-H Program Coordinator 
Computer Maintenance Clerk
Web Site:
MSU Extension
21885 Dunham Road, Ste. 12
Clinton Township, MI 48036
Phone: (586) 469-6431
MSU Extension
11370 Hupp
Warren, MI 48089
Phone: (586) 469-7614
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Free Tickets to Riverdance, Matilda Performances
Macomb County MSU Extension will have a limited number of tickets available to 4-H families for shows at the Wharton Center in East Lansing:

Saturday, April 2, 2016
2 p.m. 
Tickets available: 6

Saturday, April 23, 2016
2 p.m.
Tickets available: 5

Tickets may be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. Contact Macomb County MSU Extension at 586-469-6431 or  macomb.4h@macombgov.org  to request tickets.

4-H Cupcake Decorating Workshop Proves Popular and Fun
There was lots of fun for everyone during the 4-H Cupcake Decorating workshop held at Camp Rotary in Ray Township on Saturday, February 6th. The workshop was hosted by the Macomb County 4-H Youth Council and facilitated by the Council's president, Maggie Bohm. There were members from seven different clubs in attendance. The event started promptly with the pledges, a name game ice breaker to loosen up the group, followed by cupcake decorating. Three different techniques were demonstrated to participants. All went home with decorating tools and cupcakes to enjoy.

Save the Date for Exploration Days
Exploration Days is June 22-24, 2016 at MSU in East Lansing. Registration for this popular annual youth conference will begin on March 15th and run through April 26th. Best described as a "mini-college experience," this event gives Michigan youth who are ages 11-19 as of January 1, 2016 the opportunity to take fun, educational sessions of their choice, experience life in the dorms, attend well-chaperoned youth activities, and meet peers from across the state.
Updated information will be available online at http://4h.msue.msu.edu/events/4-h_exploration_days by March 1st. The cost for this year's event is $165 per person (4-H members) or $175 per person (non-members), plus any applicable session fees. An $80 deposit is required to register. A limited number of partial scholarships will be available. Roommates will be assigned according to age and interests.
Chaperones and County Conference Assistants (CCAs): Adults, please consider being a chaperone or CCA for the Macomb County delegation. We will need one male and one female CCA, and at least one same-sex chaperone for every ten youth participants. CCAs attend free of charge.

For more information, contact Jeran Culina, 4-H Program Coordinator, at culinaje@anr.msu.edu or 586-469-5979, or Roberta Busquaert at Macomb.4h@macombgov.org or 586-469-6431.

Fair Club Leader Meet - March 9
Save the date! The Fair Club Leader Meet is at 6:30 p.m. on March 9, 2016 at Macomb County MSU Extension, 21885 Dunham Road, Clinton Township. It is very important that fair superintendents and a representative from each club attend to receive important Armada Fair information. Have your questions ready! Superintendents should look for an email communication from Elizabeth Duran, 4-H Program Coordinator, as the meeting date gets closer.

Bill Hahn Memorial Scholarship
Youth who have been a volunteer, employee, open class exhibitor or 4-H exhibitor of the Armada Fair are eligible to apply for a  Bill Hahn Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship may be used at an institution of higher learning. Applications are due to the Armada Fair Office by mid-April. See the  Armada Fair website for details.

Gardening Classes Offered
Spring Ephemerals: On Monday, March 21, 2016, advanced Master Gardener, Cheryl English, will present Native Wildflowers for the Woodland Garden. Tired of tulips? Find daffodils dull? How about trying out some of our very own spring ephemerals! From trout lilies to trillium and from the exotic to the familiar, explore some native alternatives for the spring garden. The program is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Mount Clemens Library Auditorium, 150 Cass Avenue, Mount Clemens. English is also the owner of Black Cat Pottery and will have a display of her wares for sale before and after the presentation. Light refreshments will be served. The cost is $5.00 to Macomb County Master Gardener Association members and two guests. For all others, the cost is $10.00 per person.
Companion Planting: Join MSU Extension Consumer Horticulture coordinator Mary Gerstenberger at the MSU Extension Assembly Rooms in Clinton Township on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. as we take a look at the friend and enemy plants of the garden. The presentation will cover what companion plants are or are not, talk about what makes good companions, and what services they provide to one another as well as the gardener. MSUE Extension Assembly Room. The program is free to Macomb County Master Gardener Association member and one guest. The cost for all others is $5 per person.

Plant Propagation: A class on plant propagation is being offered Saturday, February 13, 2016, from 9-11 a.m. at MSU Extension, 21885 Dunham Road, Clinton Township. Join Advanced Master Gardener Karen Burke and learn a variety of tips and techniques for propagating your favorite plants. The cost is $5 per person. You must register in advance by calling 586-469-6440 or emailing  maureen.prisbe@macombgov.org by February 11. 

All About Food Conference: From Farm to Fork
Registration is now live for the All About Food Conference: From Farm to Fork, hosted by the Macomb Food Collaborative. The conference will be hosted on Tuesday, March 15th from  8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The event will be located at the Macomb Community College University Center, 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township.
The early bird pricing of $20 is applicable now through February 15th. A locally sourced and prepared lunch is included in the cost of registration.
See the attached registration brochure for more information on the wide variety of food related sessions, our speakers, and further details. Register online at http://www.macombfood.org/register-for-the-conference.html, or by mail to Macomb Food Collaborative/MSUE, 21885 Dunham Road, Suite 12, Clinton Township, MI 48036. Make checks payable to Macomb Food Collaborative.

Statewide 4-H News
4-H Animal and Veterinary Science Camp
Michigan 4-H Animal and Vet Science Camp is for youth who are interested in exploring animal and veterinary science-related projects and activities. This five-day precollege program is offered through a partnership between Michigan 4-H Youth Development, Michigan State University (MSU) Department of Animal Science and  MSU College of Veterinary Medicine.
At this fun and interactive camp, participants will:
  • Engage in numerous hands-on learning activities, ask questions and problem solve.
  • Gain animal-handling experience.
  • Have the opportunity to visit and explore MSU farms and facilities.
  • Work their way through a veterinary science case study as a team and create a presentation to be critiqued by veterinarians.
  • Explore various animal-related career fields while reflecting on their experiences and community programs.
Who: Participants must be ages 13 to 16 as of January 1, 2016.

When: June 27 to July 1, 2016

Where: Michigan State University


Young people interested in applying for this camp need to complete the 2016 Michigan 4-H Animal and Veterinary Science Camp application packet and send it by April 1, 2016 to:
Julie Thelen
4-H Animal & Veterinary Science Camp
Anthony Hall 1287G
474 South Shaw Lane
East Lansing, MI 48824-1039
Campers will be selected on the basis of their applications. Space is limited.
The cost - which includes all meals, transportation to field trips, lodging and materials - is $350.
More Information
Additional information is available from:
Poultry Enthusiasts Are Encouraged to Sign up for MSU Extension News
Although the cancellation of poultry shows was recently lifted, another outbreak of avian influenza could lead to the ban's reinstatement. MSUExtension encourages poultry enthusiasts to subscribe to the MSU Extension Poultry News digest to ensure you have the most up-to-date information on avian influenza and state poultry show activity. MSU Extension News digests are electronic newsletters of recent articles and events published on the MSU Extension web site. They are available in a number of interest areas, including poultry and other 4-H topics. Generally delivered once a month, the newsletters are a key communication tool when emergent issues arise. Ensure you receive this information as soon as it is available by subscribing to the MSU Extension Poultry News digest. Simply text "MSUE" to 22828 or visit http://msue.anr.msu.edu and click on "Newsletter Sign-Up."

The 4-H Veterinary Science Teen & Adult Leaders Workshop will be heldFebruary 19-20, 2016 at Kettunen Center.  Explore animal systems and learn about animal health for a broad array of animal species while attending the workshop beginning with dinner Friday evening and ending Saturday afternoon.  Come prepared to learn from others, share information and experiences, ask questions and quiz veterinarians about their careers.  You will also participate in hands-on demonstrations that will teach you how to help members recognize healthy, sick, or injured animals.  Meet other youth that have developed outstanding veterinary science projects and gain ideas to help others start their own vet science projects.  The workshop is open to adult and teen volunteers ages 13 (as of January 1, 2016) and older and is supported by Greenstone Farm Credit Services.  Registration is now open and can be made by individuals, families, and county staff. Go to http://events.anr.msu.edu/event.cfm?folder=4HBeefSheepSwineandVetScience to register.
Michigan 4-H Robotics Workshop
The Michigan 4-H Robotics Workshop is March 12-13, 2016 at Kettunen Center in Tustin. Teen Leaders aged 13 by January 1, 2016 and adults will be energized at this hands-on workshop as they "Grow in Robotics" with knowledge, new ideas and resources for working with youth in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). This workshop has four tracks being offered - LEGO Mindstorms EV3, VEX Robotics, Underwater ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicles), and Junk Drawer Robotics. The cost is $72 per person (4-H rate) or $128 per person (non-4-H). Register online at http://events.anr.msu.edu/4HRobotics16 by February 28, 2016. Support for this workshop is provided by donors to the Michigan 4-H Foundation.
Michigan 4-H Dairy Conference
The Michigan 4-H Dairy Conference scheduled for March 11-13, 2016 at Beechpoint Christian Camp in Allegan is now open for registration. Individuals who expect they will be receiving full or partial funding from local scholarships or local councils, should contact their local county office prior to registering. This will insure payments are applied correctly.
Participants may register at http://events.anr.msu.edu/MI4HDairyConf/. Workshop attendees who have not paid online with a credit card are still expected to send their payment to their county MSU Extension office or ANR Event Services at 446 W. Circle Dr. Room 11 in East Lansing, MI 48824, with a copy of their registration receipt. Registrations must be entered into the ANR Events Management System no later than 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 26, 2016.

The 4-H Beef, Sheep & Swine Teen & Adult Leaders Workshop will be held February 20-21, 2016 at Kettunen Center. This workshop is designed for both teen and adult leaders who are involved with beef cattle, sheep and swine projects. Topics include animal health, nutrition, management, evaluation, marketing and more. The workshop offers ways to enhance communication and teaching skills, and learn about the many opportunities available for those interested in the beef, sheep and swine industries. The workshop begins with dinner Saturday evening and ends Sunday afternoon and is open to adult and teen volunteers ages 13 (as of January 1, 2016) and older. Support for the workshop is provided by Greenstone Farm Credit Services and the Michigan Pork Producers Association.  Registration is now open and can be made by individuals, families, and county staff. Go to http://events.anr.msu.edu/event.cfm?folder=4HBeefSheepSwineandVetScience to register.

State 4-H Goat Expo
The State 4-H Goat Expo is April 16, 2016 at Michigan State University in East Lansing. All exhibitors must be aged 9-19 as of January 1, 2016. Contests will include a quiz bowl, breed judging, skill-a-thon, illustrated talk, problem solving, creative writing, educational posters, cookery and foods, and arts and crafts. The cost is $5 per participant plus $3 per contest. Register online at http://events.anr.msu.edu/goatexpo.  For more information, contact Katie Ockert at 517-432-5270.

Upcoming Horse Events
There are several exciting events coming up this spring for those in the 4-H Horse & Pony project areas.
Teen & Adult 4-H Horse Leaders' Conference, February 26-28
Kettunen Center, Tustin, MI
Registration for the workshop closes February 15, 2016
4-H members age 12-19 AND adult volunteers are welcomed. Topics include horse judging, equine first aid, dissection, veterinary care, equine massage, saddle fit, American Horsemen's Challenge, judges' roundtable, and information to assist leaders in youth development, leadership skills for youth, and much more. Register online at   http://events.anr.msu.edu/4HHorseLeaders/ .
Norma Agnew Memorial 4-H Hairy Horse Show/Clinic, April 10
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!
Find event details and a showbill at  http://www.ans.msu.edu/extension/horse_youth_programs
Purchase stalls at  https://commerce.cashnet.com/msu_3645  
4-H Pattern-O-Rama Horse Show/Clinic, April 16
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing, MI
Space will be limited for this event, only 100 stalls available.  Focusing on showmanship, equitation, and horsemanship. Judges will wear microphones and share critiques with exhibitors to help improve their  performance.  Audience members (free) can hear feedback!
The event details and showbill are online at  http://www.ans.msu.edu/extension/horse_youth_programs
Purchase stalls at  https://commerce.cashnet.com/msu_3645  
4-H Equine Educational Expo, April 22-23
Anthony Hall and MSU Pavilion, East Lansing, MI
The state-level contests for public speaking, presentations, horse bowl, horse judging, and hippology.
Registration and event details available at  http://www.ans.msu.edu/extension/horse_youth_programs  
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Taylor Fabus at 517-353-1748 or tenlenta@msu.edu .

Bee Keeping Essay Deadline Extended
The 2016 Bee Keeping Essay contest deadline has been extended to February 28th.  Please share this information with those interested in this subject.  All Michigan entries should be submitted to baumga75@anr.msu.edu by the deadline date.
This year's essay topic is: "Bees and Pollination. How Important is it?" The contest is sponsored by the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc. Contest rules and information are available on line at http://preservationofhoneybees.org/essays.
4-H Calendars of Events
Macomb County 4-H Calendar of Events

February 13
Plant Propogation
9-11 a.m., Macomb County MSU Extension, Clinton Township 

February 15
County offices closed

February 15-19
4-H Camp
Thompson Community Center, Warren 

March 10
Macomb County 4-H Youth Council Meeting
6:30 p.m., Camp Rotary, Ray Township 

March 15
All About Food Conference: From Farm to Fork
8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Macomb Community College-Center Campus, Clinton Township

March 21
Spring Ephemerals
6:30-7:30 p.m., Mount Clemens Library, Mount Clemens 

April 16
Apple Store, Partridge Creek, Clinton Township (Time TBA)

April 19
Companion Planting
6:30-7:30 p.m., MSU Extension, Clinton Township

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

Statewide Calendar of Events

4-H Workshops
February 19-20
Kettunen Center, Tustin
February 20-21
Kettunen Center, Tustin
February 26-28
Teen & Adult 4-H Horse Leaders Workshop
Kettunen Center, Tustin

February 28
4-H Bee Keeping Essays due to MSU
March 11-12
Camp Kidwell, Allegan
March 11-13
Michigan 4-H Dairy Conference
Beechpoint Christian Camp, Allegan
March 12-13
Kettunen Center, Tustin

March 15
4-H Exploration Days registration begins

April 16
4-H Pattern-O-Rama Horse Show/Clinic
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing 

April 22-23
4-H Equine Educational Expo
Anthony Hall and MSU Pavilion, East Lansing

Other 4-H Events
March 10
4-Hairy Horse Benefit Show ( Contact Taylor Fabus)  
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing  
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Michigan
March 20-23

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