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December 2014  

Club Enrollment Update

As many of you know we are working to transition our 4-H enrollment data management system from The ACCESS 4-H Online Management System to our new system, 4-H Online. 4-H families will be able to create their own profiles and enter their own data into 4-H Online. Tip sheets to assist you with the enrollment process will be made available and the system will be released for enrollment in January 2015. Please remember that 4-H members and volunteers are still fully able to participate in all 4-H programs, clubs and activities. Not having your enrollments in the system at this time does not prohibit your engagement in 4-H in any way. 


For this program year, the Macomb County enrollment deadline for returning members has been extended to six weeks after the launch of 4-H Online. The deadline for new members remains April 1. We expect 4-H Online to be available in mid- to late-January. While the county's deadline to enroll/reenroll has been extended, clubs may have their own enrollment deadlines due to the nature of their projects.


Club enrollment packets with all necessary materials EXCEPT 4-H Online enrollment instructions are now available at MSU Extension. The forms 4-H Online entries will replace are:

  • Enrollment Form
  • Volunteer Authorization Form
  • Youth Code of Conduct/Media-Medical Release Form
  • Adult Evaluation Acknowledgement Form


The Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports Parental Permission form will not be available via 4-H Online this year, but is still required for each youth working with 4-H shooting sports projects. Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports Parental Permission & Acknowledgement of Risk forms are in each club enrollment packet and also online at http://msue.macombgov.org/?q=MSUE-4H-Resources-Forms, under "2014-15 4-H Club Enrollment Packet Materials."


Online payment options will not be available this year. Participation fee payments should be sent to Macomb County MSU Extension, Attn: 4-H, 21885 Dunham Road, Suite 12, Clinton Township, MI 48036. Make checks payable to MSU. One check per club is preferred.


Macomb County MSU Extension will continue to update families with information as it becomes available. Thanks for your continued patience as we transition to 4-H Online.


County Offices Closed

County offices, including Macomb County MSU Extension, will be closed December 24, 25 and 31, 2014 and January 1, 2015.



Happy Holidays from the Macomb County MSU Extension 4-H Staff!   


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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





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Macomb County 4-H News

YouthCouncil_010815Tie Fleece Blankets with your 4-H Youth Council

The next Macomb County 4-H Youth Council meeting is at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 8th at Camp Rotary, 20505 29 Mile Road, Ray Township. The Council will give a short update followed by a community service project. Everyone is welcome to help make fleece tie blankets that will be donated to local animal shelters. No sewing skills are required. Come get involved with the 4-H Youth Council and support a good cause!



Macomb County Welcomes New Club

Please join us in welcoming the Rimrock Rebels 4-H Club to our community! The Rimrock Rebels 4-H Club is led by 4-H volunteer, Chris Ruemenapp, and will explore sheep, goats, beef, swine, llamas, rabbits, poultry, and dairy project areas. 



OERPC_MtgDatesSave the Dates for Upcoming Outdoor Ed. & Rec. Program Committee Meetings

The Macomb County 4-H Outdoor Education & Recreation (OER) Program Committee will meet the second Monday of the month at the Grange Hall at the Armada Fairgrounds from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m. Add these dates to your calendar - January 12, February 9, March 9, and April 13 - and join the committee to help plan our upcoming OER Exploration Day.


Want to know what happened at previous meetings? Meeting minutes are posted online at: http://www.macombcountymi.gov/msuextension/Macomb_County_4-H_OER_Program_Committee.htm.


For more information, please contact Marinda Ochs, 4-H Program Coordinator, at                                586-783-8163 or ochsmari@anr.msu.edu.  



Macomb County is a Top County for TSC's Fall Paper Clover Sales

The Fall 2014 Tractor Supply 4-H Paper Clover Fundraiser results are in! A grand total of $763,283 was raised for 4-H nationally from Oct. 8-19, 2014. Michigan ranked sixth in the nation raising a total of $40,420 to support 4-H! Of the total, $26,273.30 will be distributed to counties, $2,021.02 for state 4-H support and $12,126.14 to National 4-H Council for underwriting the campaign.


The top five Michigan TSC stores were Sturgis (St. Joseph County), Sault St. Marie (Chippewa County), Howell (Livingston County), Cadillac (Wexford County), and Gaylord (Otsego County). The top five Michigan counties were Genesee County, St. Joseph County, Lapeer County, Macomb County, and Chippewa County.


Funds will be used to support high quality 4-H positive youth development programs in Michigan and Macomb County that have a combination of positive and sustained relationships between youth and adults; activities that build important life skills; and opportunities for youth to use these life skills as both participants and as leaders of valued community activities.


 Congratulations and thank you for your hard work and support!



LivestockCommMtg_011915Armada Fair Livestock Committee Meeting - January 19th

The Armada Fair Youth Livestock committee will be holding its next meeting on Monday, January 19th at  7 p.m. at the Grange Hall on the Fair Grounds. Anyone who is interested in joining the committee is invited attend.  Election of officers will  be held this night. Each club is encouraged to have representation on the committee.




LvstkFormsDue_010915Livestock Participation Forms Due to Armada Fair Office by January 9th

Livestock participation forms are due to the Fair office on or before January 9th. All youth planning on showing livestock need to complete the form and return it to the fair office before the deadline. The form can be found on the Armada Fair website www.armadafair.org. 



LvstkTagDates_20152015 Armada Fair Livestock Tagging Dates

(Armada Fairgrounds, Armada)
Steer: February 1, 2015 12 p.m.-2 p.m.
Swine, Lambs, Goats & Prospect Beef: June 7, 2015 10am-12pm
All Poultry and Rabbits: July 19, 2015 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
More information and Livestock Sale Participation forms are online at http://www.armadafair.org/ or call 586-784-5488.

Armada Fair is August 17-22, 2015

This message was posted on the Armada Fair's Facebook page on December 16th:


"We would like to announce that we are changing our 2015 Fair dates, due to a mistake in scheduling. The correct dates are August 17-23, 2015. The corrected dates are now 2 weeks before Labor Day, just as they have been historically. The scheduling error was brought to our attention by the wonderful carnival company with whom we do business, and because of that we are able to prevent conflicting schedules with other events and essential vendors. Keep checking back for more updates. THANK YOU!"



FreeFishing_Feb14-15Save the Date for the 2015 Winter Free Fishing Weekend

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Fisheries Division strives to engage as many individuals as possible in the state's vast recreational opportunities, and it provides special times to do so - including its annual Free Fishing Weekends. Conducted one weekend each winter and summer, these opportunities allow anyone to enjoy Michigan's world-class fishing for FREE! 

The 2015 Winter Free Fishing Weekend will be held Saturday, February 14 and Sunday, February 15. As part of these weekends, all fishing license fees are waived for two days with residents and out-of-state visitors allowed to enjoy fishing on both inland and Great Lakes' waters for all species of fish during their respective open seasons. Please note all other regulations still apply during that time. Visit www.michigan.gov/freefishing for more information.


Are you or your group interested in setting up a countywide 4-H fishing event for one of the free fishing weekends? Contact Marinda Ochs, 4-H Program Coordinator, at 586-783-8163 or ochsmari@anr.msu.edu 


National Mentoring Month: Become a Mentor and Make a Difference

January is National Mentoring Month. Become a 4-H youth mentor and help a young person achieve his or her full potential! Contact Dequindre Bell at 586-469-5979 or belldequ@anr.msu.edu for more information.

Macomb County 4-H Calendar of Events



January 8 
Camp Rotary, Ray Township
January 9
Armada Fair Office, Armada


January 12

Macomb County Outdoor Education & Recreation Program Committee Meeting

Grange Hall, Armada Fairgrounds, Armada


January 19

Armada Fair Livestock Committee Meeting

Grange Hall, Armada Fairgrounds, Armada


January 24

4-H County Awards

VerKuilen Building, Clinton Township


February 1

Steer Tagging

Noon-2 p.m., Armada Fairgrounds, Armada


February 9

Macomb County Outdoor Education & Recreation Program Committee Meeting

Grange Hall, Armada Fairgrounds, Armada


February 14-15

Free Fishing Weekend



March 9

Macomb County Outdoor Education & Recreation Program Committee Meeting

Grange Hall, Armada Fairgrounds, Armada


April 13

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

Grange Hall, Armada Fairgrounds, Armada


June 7

Swine, Lambs, Goats & Prospect Beef Tagging

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


July 19

Poultry & Rabbit Tagging

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


Statewide 4-H News

4-H Day at the Breslin With the Lady Spartans

Join other 4-H youth, 4-H volunteers, 4-H families, and MSU Extension staff members and their families on Sunday, January 18, 2015, at the tenth, annual celebration of Michigan 4-H Youth Development at the Spartan women's basketball game. This year, the Lady Spartans will host the Iowa Hawkeyes. As usual, the game will be held at the Breslin Student Events Center on MSU's campus. Gate D will open for 4-H and MSU Extension guests at 12:30 pm, while the game begins at 2 pm.


This year's theme for the 4-H Day at the Breslin With the Lady Spartans is "Join the Club!"  

Tickets are free to 4-H youth and their families, 4-H volunteers, and MSU Extension staff and their 
families. Contact your county 4-H office to obtain your free tickets. Just let your 4-H leader or your county Extension office know you (and how many of your family members) want to attend.


Other extras at the game include:

  •  Joining fellow 4-H'ers in saying the 4-H pledge.
  •  Exploring the wide range of 4-H programming with games and activities on the concourse. These activities range from educational displays about science and robotics to a full-size, spin-the-wheel game about the life skills youth learn in 4-H.
  •  Getting your picture taken with Sparty.

Transportation may be coordinated through your county Extension office. Contact them for details. Parking is free for school buses; all other buses are $20, while the cost for cars is $5. Be sure to show your MSU Extension and 4-H pride by wearing your green and white 4-H or MSU Extension apparel.


At last year's 4-H Day at the Breslin, 4-H and Extension fans helped swell the crowd to more than 6,400. This proved to be one of the Lady Spartan's largest crowds of the season. One 4-H volunteer, whose club members eagerly anticipate this event, says, "This is a terrific, low-cost opportunity for my 4-H club to bond, while seeing a highly ranked team play in a first-class setting."


Gail Hebert, who helps coordinate 4-H Day at the Breslin, says the event ". . . is a great way to celebrate 4-H and offer fans an inside look at all the wonderful things it stands for. Watching a nationally recognized sports team is icing on the cake."


For more information, contact Dequindre Bell at 586-469-5979 or belldequ@anr.msu.edu.



4-H Winterfest, which will be held January 31 to February 1 at Kettunen Center, is a hands-on educational program at which younger 4-H'ers spend two days in hands-on learning about many different project areas (ranging from crafts to shooting sports) while meeting youth from around the state. This event offers youth an opportunity to experience Kettunen Center in an overnight camp setting, learn new skills, make new friends and spend time outdoors! More information about this event will be available soon on the Michigan 4-H web site.



Check Out the Green & White Swine Youth Education Fair & Open Hog Show 

This event will be held January 30-31 at the MSU Pavilion. All Michigan youth who have reached 

their 9th birthday (but are not yet 21) by January 1, 2015 may enter. The entry deadline is January 13. New for 2015: Hogs will show by breed. Original registration certificates are required. No hogs will be marketed by MSU/MPPA. The following information is available on the web: entry information and entry forms, Quiz Bowl rules and a PowerPoint rubric.


Join the Michigan 4-H Youth Conservation Council

Want to improve Michigan's natural resources and work to improve the laws of Michigan? Join the Michigan 4-H Youth Conservation Council. The group meets for 3 weekends and presents to the Michigan Senate Committee on Natural Resources, Environment, and Great Lakes. The application is at 4h.msue.msu.edu/uploads/files/m4hycc/M4-HYCC_Application_Form_2015.doc and is Due DECEMBER 30.

The M4-HYCC meets for several weekends at Camp Tuhsmeheta in Greenville, Michigan to meet with environmental professionals, learn public speaking & leadership skills, and learn about the public policy process.


- January 24-25: The council members will choose their topic.  There is a lot of discussion and debate about what is the most important issue to take up this year.  The workshop also includes research skills.

- February 21-22: In this workshop council members will delve more deeply into their topic by speaking to experts in the subject area.  This workshop also includes games on the public policy process and leadership.

- March 14-15: Student will focus on completing their research paper and presentation.  Participants will practice communication and public speaking skills.

- April: date TBA.  The group will present to the Michigan Senate Committee on Natural Resources, Environment, and Great Lakes


NOTE:   Applicants will be asked to participate in a telephone interview before they are accepted.



The fee to participate in M4-HYCC is $75 for 4-H members and $85 for those not a 4-H member. The fee covers meeting costs, lodging, and some meals. For the meeting schedule and more information, visit http://4h.msue.msu.edu/4h/michigan_4-h_youth_conservation_council.

- Check with your county MSU Extension staff to see if local scholarship support is available.

- You may also wish to seek scholarship support from local civic organizations


Please submit completed your M4-HYCC application and fee payable to MSU as follows:


- by December 31, 2014 - youth submit their application, along with fees or scholarship requests, to the    4-H Michigan Youth Conservation Council Coordinator. 

- Write M4-HYCC on the check or money order memo line.

- Your fee will be refunded if you are not selected to participate.


Send Application to:

Makena Schultz

Justin S. Morrill Hall of Agriculture

446 W. Circle Drive, Room 244

East Lansing, MI 48824

O: 517.432.7603

F: 517.353.4846


Statewide 4-H Calendar of Events

4-H Workshops



Kettunen Center, Tustin


January 31-February 1

4-H Winterfest

Kettunen Center, Tustin


February 27-28

4-H Veterinary Science Teen & Adult Leaders Workshop

Kettunen Center, Tustin


February 28-March 1

4-H Beef Sheep & Swine Teen & Adult Leaders Workshop

Kettunen Center, Tustin



Other 4-H Events

January 18

4-H Day at the Breslin 

Breslin Center, MSU, East Lansing


January 30-31

Green & White Swine Youth Education Fair & Open Hog Show  

MSU Pavilion, East Lansing


January 31

State 4-H Rabbit & Cavy Show 

MSU Pavilion, East Lansing


February 6-7

4-H Horse Judging Workshop & Mini Contest (Contact Taylor Fabus

MSU Pavilion, East Lansing


February 7

4-H/MQHA Benefit Clinic and Tack Sale  

MSU Pavilion, East Lansing


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

Contact Melissa Elischer 

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