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 May 18, 2016    
Macomb County 4-H News
4-H Small Animals Clinic - June 5th
Join the Macomb County 4-H Youth Council for a  4-H Small Animal Clinic at the Armada Fairgrounds, 74280 Fair Street, Armada, on June 5, 2016 from 1-4 p.m. Learn how to keep your animals healthy and fit while also learning proper showing techniques from local 4-H leaders, 4-H members and fair superintendents. The small animal classes involved in the clinic include poultry, rabbits and goats. This clinic is for youths who are ages 5-19 as of Jan. 1, 2016 and is open to the public. Register before the event and pay $3 at the event. Register at the event and pay $5. Snacks and drinks are included. Please R.S.V.P. to  macomb.4h@macombgov.org.

Model Rocketry Classes Open to All 4-H/FFA Students in Macomb County
Model Rocketry classes are open to all 4-H/FFA students in Macomb County!

BEGINNERS (1st year): We will begin building rockets on  Wednesday, June 15th at 6 p.m.  at the Armada Senior Center. It is located at 75400 North Avenue in Armada - just north of town.. Bring Skill Level 1 rocket kit and white glue. Parents should plan on staying to supervise those members under age 12.  NOTE: DO NOT BRING ANY OF THE FOLLOWING TO THIS CLASS: paint, engines. THIS IS A MANDATORY MEETING FOR 1st year ROCKETRY students who want to take rocketry with Mrs. Davis (even if you took rocketry through another organization).  Nancy Davis 586-784-9410. SHE WILL NEED AN EMAIL ADDRESS TO SEND INFORMATION TO YOU.  PLEASE SEND YOUR NAME, AGE, PHONE NUMBER, AND EMAIL ADDRESS TO:  davis_lighthouse@att.net . Please R.S.V.P. at least 24 hours in advance.

YOU MUST ATTEND AT LEAST ONE FLIGHT DAY!!!  New: We will not automatically be at the park on flight days.  We will only be there if you called and notified Mrs. Davis at least 24 hours in advance.

TO ALL ROCKET MEMBERS: All flights will be held at the Ray Township Park on Wolcott Road just north of 29 Mile Road.  -- must park in Park lane as far back as possible due to board meetings.

        1st  Flight  Wednesday, July 13th   6 p.m.
        2nd Flight  Wednesday, July 20th   6 p.m.
        3rd  Flight  Wednesday, July 27th,  6 p.m.
        4th Flight, Wednesday, August 3rd  6 p.m.
You may bring rockets from prior years to fly, but they will not be eligible to show at the fair.

Sumbitted by Nancy Davis, 4-H Voluntee r
Macomb County 
4-H Staff

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

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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Fair Clean-Up
Mark your calendar for the Armada Fair Clean-Up! It's from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Armada Fairgrounds in Armada on May 22, 2016. Please bring shovels, rakes, gloves, etc.
Alarro 4-H Club Spring Clean Sale
The Alarro 4-H Club's first annual   Spring Clean Sale fundraiser  will be in the barns at the Armada Fairgrounds on Sunday, May 22, 2016, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Contact Gina at 810-310-0810 or  gtcolombo@comcast.net  for more information.

Fair Books and Entry Forms Available
Armada Fair Books and forms are now available for leaders to pick up at the Armada Fair Office, 74280 Fair Street, Armada.  Registration and fee information can be found on page 5 of the 2016 Armada Fair Youth Organizations Entry Book

Youth Organization entry forms must be brought to the Fair Office by the LEADER ONLY between June 1, 2016 and June 30, 2016. No mailed forms will be accepted. Online entries are new this year. No entry will be processed until all fees are paid. No late entries will be accepted. Early removal of any exhibits will result in forfeiture of prize money and/or a one year suspension from the Armada Fair. Contact the Armada Fair Office at 586-784-5488 with any questions.

Swine, Lamb & Goat Tagging
Swine, Lamb and Goat Tagging is from 10 a.m.-noon at the Armada Fairgrounds on June 5, 2016. 

Exploration Days Orientation
All 4-H Exploration Days participants, including returning participants, are required to attend one of two orientations offered in Macomb County.Exploration Days participants, please R.S.V.P. to  Macomb.4h@macombgov.org or 586-469-6431 for one of the 4-H Exploration Days orientations:
Exploration Days Orientation #1
June 6, 2016     6-8:30 p.m.
MSU Extension Assembly Rooms
21885 Dunham Road, Entrance E
Clinton Township, MI 48036
Exploration Days Orientation #2
June 7, 2016     6-8:30 p.m.
Thompson Community Center
11370 Hupp Avenue
Warren, MI 48089 
Balance information, session confirmations, orientation details and personal data sheets will be sent to participants in mid-May. Balance payments, personal data sheets and any outstanding forms are due on or before your orientation date. 

K-9 & Kompany 4-H Dog Fun Match - June 18th
The   K-9 & Kompany 4-H Club 2016 4-H Dog Fun Match  is Saturday, June 18, 2016 at the Armada Fairgrounds, 74280 Fair Street, Armada. Sign-in begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 9:30 a.m. Judging starts at 9:45 a.m. There will be showmanship, agility, obedience and rally classes. Concessions will be available, and a silent auction will be held. The event is open to 4-H members and cloverbuds. Register by June 1st and pay $6 for the first entry plus $2 for each additional class with the same dog. After June 1st, pay $7 for the first entry plus $3 for each additional class with the same dog. 
For more information, contact Jim Jerse at 586-549-0310 or  jjerse@ymail.com; or Chylie Schramm at 586-651-2059 or  chylieschramm@gmail.com.

Summer Day Camps Planned
Summer Camp for youth ages 5-12, hosted by Macomb County MSU Extension Youth Development, will be held at Thompson Community Center in Warren for three weeks: June 27th - July 1st, July 11th - July 15th, August 8th - August 12th. The camp will feature fun, educational activities. 4-H curriculum will be used for all programming. Topics will focus on Healthy Lifestyles (food & nutrition, physical fitness, emotional well-being), Creative Art (arts & crafts, sewing, theatre arts) and STEM (junk drawer robotics, bedtime math). Attend one or all three weeks. The $50 per child per week cost includes breakfast, lunch and snacks. Register online at  http://events.anr.msu.edu/SummerDayCamp2016 .

County Residents Learn about Bees at 4-H Bee Keeping Workshop
Nearly 40 Macomb County residents of all ages attended the 4-H Bee Keeping Workshop at the Ray Township Community Center on Saturday, May 7th. Participants learned how to start a bee keeping project and more. Thanks to Ryan Rich, Sanilac County 4-H'er and AgInnovators State Leadership Team member, for delivering an informative and entertaining presentation! 

Honey Bee Challenge Available to Clubs, Classrooms and Others
MSU Extension is looking for sites to host the Honey Bee Challlenge. Bring this interactive FREE workshop to your club, classroom or other organization! 

In the collaborative, hands-on Honey Bee Challenge, participating youth are charged with connecting honey bees to the foods they eat, as well as learning best management practices and foraging behaviors of pollinators. Youth participants use bristle-bots platforms to create model honey bee robots and explore honey bee habitats in various ecosystems while gaining a broader understanding of honey bees' role in growing food and feeding the world. They will also learn about the threats to honey bee habitats, how threats are being addressed and best practices for preserving and maintaining honey bee habitats.

The Honey Bee Challenge is part of the 4-H Ag Innovators Experience program presented by National 4-H Council and Monsanto to help develop critical workforce skills in young people and show that agriculture can be relevant and fun.  Contact the Macomb County MSU Extension at 586-469-6431 or macomb.4h@macombgov.org for more information.

Horse Project Members Clean Up Camp Rotary
On the cold and cloudy 14th  of May, members of the Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Committee and 4-Her's met at Camp Rotary in Ray Township for their annual spring cleanup. Members and leaders from several different 4-H horse project clubs met to help replace broken boards around the rings and shade huts while other in the group split up tasks, including cleaning the announcing stand, putting snow fencing up, replacing shingles on the roofs and clearing the road of debris and garbage. The team worked all morning and into the afternoon. Many improvements were made to the space that is used for the Macomb County 4-H horse shows. Thank you very much to all who came out to help that day. We look forward to a fun and safe show season at Camp Rotary. Don't forget that the first Armada Fair clean-up day is scheduled for May 22nd. Come out and help clean the fairgrounds that puts on a spectacular fair for Macomb County! The clean-up starts a t 10 a.m. Bring rakes, garbage bags and other tools to make the work a little easier. After the cleanup, be sure to stop and shop at an exciting new garage sale fundraiser put on by Alarro 4-H Club's own Gina Colombo. Spring garage 
saleing couldn't get easier as vendors meet to sell their goods at the fairgrounds. The sale starts a t 9 a.m. and runs unti l 4 p.m., which leaves plenty of time for shopping. Hope to see you at a 4-H event soon!

Spring 2016 4-H Paper Clover Fundraiser
Special thanks to the Macomb County 4-H'ers who volunteered at the Romeo and New Haven Tractor Supply Company (TSC) stores to talk about 4-H, demonstrate, and show their projects to shoppers during the Spring TSC 4-H Paper Clover Fundraiser. From April 13-24, 2016, customers at TSC stores were able to buy paper 4-H clovers for $1 at checkout. Proceeds from paper clover sales at the Romeo and New Haven TSC stores will benefit Macomb County 4-H programs.

Nationwide, Tractor Supply Company (TSC) and Del's stores raised $935,351 during the Spring 2016 
4-H Paper Clover Fundraiser event. Sixty-five percent of all funds raised will support the county 4-H program, five percent supports the state 4-H program, and 30 percent will go to National 4-H Council for underwriting the cost of the program.

Elly Karam-Burk, Michelle Karam, Al Burke, and Donna, Cidnee and Carlie Schramm volunteered at the TSC 4-H Paper Clover event on April 23rd.

Local Youth Send "Visual Letters" to the Children of China
Thousands of Michigan kindergarten through sixth grade children participated in the 2016 Michigan 
4-H Art Exchange with China. Of those thousands, one hundred pieces were selected to send to China.  Fifteen youth participating in this year's 4-H Children's Art Exchange through Macomb 
County MSU Extension are part of that select group. Congratulations to the following artists:

Artwork Title
Alia Giambrone 9 Walk to the Park Karen Borbolla Morgan Elementary
Ryan Catey 8 The Cold Night Karen Borbolla Morgan Elementary
Angelo Gabriel Calado

Mrs. Meerhaeghe
Quarton Elementary
Bridget Bongiomno 8 Ice Skating Mrs. Meerhaeghe
Quarton Elementary
Caroline Sexton 9 Turkey Truble Mrs. Meerhaeghe Quarton Elementary
Catie Dunn

Mrs. Meerhaeghe Quarton Elementary
Clair Hallock 10 United Mrs. Meerhaeghe Quarton Elementary
Genevieve Taylor 9 Winter Wonderland Mrs. Meerhaeghe Quarton Elementary
Lauren Kennedy 10  Man on the Moon Mrs. Meerhaeghe Quarton Elementary
Leah McLain 10 Winter Sledding Mrs. Meerhaeghe Quarton Elementary
Lindsay Lovwers 9 Around the Year Mrs. Meerhaeghe Quarton Elementary
Mohan Badhwar 10 The Golden Gate Bridge Mrs. Meerhaeghe Quarton Elementary
Priyah Andra 10 Carmel Apples Mrs. Meerhaeghe Quarton Elementary
Sienna Wilcox 8 I Scream You Scream We All Scream for Ice Cream Mrs. Meerhaeghe Quarton Elementary
Taila Kamoo 8 A Day by the Mountain Side Mrs. Meerhaeghe Quarton Elementary

As part of the art exchange, Michigan children are asked to paint or draw "visual letters" for Chinese children their own ages. A visual letter is like a written letter in that both tell stories, share important ideas and feelings, and connect children regardless of where they live. However, the medium is different in that visual letters use images, written letters use words.

The Michigan children's artwork sent to China will be exhibited in schools in Shandong Province. The artwork will also be featured on the Michigan 4-H China Art website http://4h.msue.msu.edu/programs/arts/china_project.

For more information about the 4-H Art Exchange and other 4-H programs, contact Elizabeth Duran, Macomb County 4-H Program Coordinator, at duraneli@anr.msu.edu or 586-469-6090, or Jan Brinn, MSU Extension China Art Coordinator, at  brinn@anr.msu.edu   or 269-673-0370.

4-H Historical Display Coming to Warren

There are very few folks who know of the long and important relationship between the Warren Women's Farm & Garden club and Michigan 4-H. Those ladies are the founding mothers of the 4-H Foundation. Founded in 1952, the Michigan 4-H Foundation is a $11 million 501(c)(3) non-profit fundraising organization based in East Lansing. Led by a 30-member board of trustees, the foundation solicits, manages, grants and stewards support from private individuals, organizations, foundations and corporations to support Michigan 4-H Youth Development programs. 

A historical display entitled "4-H Past, Present & Future" will take place at the Warren Community Historical Museum, inside the Warren Community Center,  Visitors will see items on loan from the MSU Museum's 4-H History Collection, from past and present Macomb County  4-H'ers and the Armada Agricultural Society.  The Warren Historical Museum is at the Warren Community Center, 
5460 Arden Avenue, Warren.
Other Local Events
MSUE Demo Garden Plant Exchange
The Annual MSU Extension Plant Exchange will be held on Saturday, June 4, from 9 a.m.-Noon in the parking lot of the MSU Extension office at 21885 Dunham Road, Clinton Township. Please know something about the plants you may wish to exchange. No invasive species please! Don't have plants to exchange? Come anyway! There will be Demo Garden plants available for a donation and an orphan table for plants that are free for the taking. Master Gardeners and Master Composters will be available to answer your gardening questions. Call 586-469-6440 for more information. 
4-H Calendars of Events

Macomb County 4-H Calendar of Events

May 21
11 a.m.-1 p.m., Mount Clemens Library, Mount Clemens

May 22
Fair Clean-Up
10 a.m.-2 p.m., Armada Fairgrounds, Armada

May 22
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Armada Fairgrounds, Armada

May 30
County offices closed

June 5
1-4 p.m., Armada Fairgrounds, Armada

June 5
Swine, Lamb & Goat Tagging
10 a.m.-Noon, Armada Fairgrounds, Armada
June 6
4-H Exploration Days Orientation #1
6:30 p.m., MSU Extension, VerKuilen Building, Clinton Township
June 7
4-H Exploration Days Orientation #2
6:30 p.m., MSU Extension, Thompson Community Center, Warren
June 18
Armada Fairgrounds, Armada

June 27-July 1
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Thompson Community Center, Warren

Other Local Events

May 23
5:15-9 p.m., Thompson Community Center, Warren

June 4
MSU Extension Plant Exchange
9 a.m.-Noon, VerKuilen Building Parking Lot, Clinton Township 

June 11-12

June 27
5:15-9 p.m., Thompson Community Center, Warren

Statewide 4-H Calendar of Events

May 20-21  
Eaton County Fairgrounds, Charlotte
Camp Tuhsmeheta, Greenville

Anthony Hall, MSU, East Lansing
June 15-16 
4-H MMPA Dairy Tour (Contact Melissa Elischer
Michigan Milk Producers Association Headquarters, Novi
June 17-19 
State 4-H Trail Ride
Whiskey Creek Campground, Custer
June 22-24 
4-H Exploration Days
MSU, East Lansing
June 25 
State 4-H Goat Show (
Contact Katie Ockert
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing

Heartland Public Shooting Park, Grand Island, Nebraska
MSU, East Lansing
June 27-July 1 
4-H Renewable Energy Camp
Michigan State University
Anthony Hall, MSU, East Lansing
For the most up-to-date events listing, go to http://4h.msue.msu.edu/events
Statewide 4-H News
Two Upcoming Michigan 4-H/FFA Judging Contests
The Michigan 4-H/FFA Livestock Judging Contest will be held July 14, 2016 at  Anthony Hall on the campus of  Michigan State University. This contest is held in conjunction with the   Michigan Livestock Expo (MLE) and it is a collaborative effort between  Michigan 4-H and  Michigan FFA.
This contest provides participants with the opportunity to enhance various skills including livestock evaluation and selection, communication and decision making. During the event, contestants judge eight classes including beef cattle, Boer goats, sheep and swine. Each contestant also answers one set of question, and either gives three sets of oral reasons or answers three additional sets of questions. Once again, this year's contest will feature a 4-H Cloverbud division.
The state-winning Senior 4-H Division team will compete at the American Royal Contest and the
top 15 Senior 4-H Division contestants, who have not already competed at the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE), will have the opportunity to compete for eight spots to
represent Michigan 4-H at one of two national contests.
Regular fee entry registration  is due July 1, 2016
Additional information is on the web.

The Michigan 4-H Meats Judging Contest/FFA Meats Evaluation and Technology Career Development event
, which will be held July 22, 2016 at  Anthony Hall on the campus of  Michigan State University, is also a collaborative effort between  Michigan 4-H and  Michigan FFA.
At the contest, participants demonstrate their ability to evaluate carcasses and identify meats.  This contest, which has both individual and team competition, includes three beef classes, three pork classes, identifying 20 retail cuts, yield-grade and quality-grade three beef carcasses, and answering one set of questions. Additionally, 4-H members give one set of oral reasons and FFA members complete a multiple-choice test.
All entries are to be postmarked by July 1 , 2016 and sent to Carla McLachlan, Anthony Hall 1287, 474 South Shaw Lane, East Lansing, MI 48824.
For more details, see the information on the web.

#TrueLeaders Recognition Campaign
Every day, kids across Michigan are leading positive changes in their lives, schools and communities.

These youth are true leaders who make a difference, inspire communities, push through adversity and reach for their goals. To recognize these kids for the good they do and strengths they possess, Michigan 4-H is joining with 4-H programs across the country to SHOUT-OUT #TRUELEADERS on social media.

Join the movement by shouting out a #TrueLeader in your life. Share a photo and an accomplishment of a deserving young person on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Be sure to include #TrueLeaders and#MI4H to connect with the campaign!

New Horse & Pony Project Show Rules and Regulations Book
The 2016 updated version of the MI 4-H Horse & Pony Project Show Rules & Regulations is available online.  This is available for free download here:  http://msue.anr.msu.edu/resources/michigan_4_h_horse_pony_project_show_rules_regulations  
Important: Given that we are so far into the year and many fairbooks have been printed etc., 2016 will be a "transitional year" during which counties may use either the 2011 version or this version.  We WILL be using the 2016 version of the book at this year's State 4-H Horse Show, so please make sure that you are aware of that fact.
The Sidesaddle and Draft divisions have been moved to a website where they can be accessed should the need arise.  Please see Page ii for the link. The Ranch Horse information will also be available at that website.
A key update that will be of special interest: The requirement of ASTM/SEI helmets has been added for the following divisions; bareback, saddle seat, and dressage.
Thank you all for sharing this information!
Taylor Fabus
Visiting Instructor, Animal Science Department
Michigan State University