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11, 2014  
County 4-H Announcements

Save the Date for County Awards

Save the Date! The 2014 4-H County Awards Banquet is at noon on January 24, 2015 at MSU Extension, 21885 Dunham Road, Suite 12, Clinton Township, MI 48036.


Armada Fair Livestock Committee to Meet Jan. 19th

The Armada Fair Youth Livestock committee will be holding its next meeting on Monday, January 19th at 7p.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.


Submitted by JoEllen Clark, 4-H Volunteer



Livestock Participation Forms Due

to the 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.


Submitted by JoEllen Clark, 4-H Volunteer



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.  


Members registering online within six weeks of 4-H Online going live will not be penalized for registering after the traditional Macomb County enrollment deadline. Club leaders are asked to include a club roster with their club enrollment 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.


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 the member and volunteer enrollment forms. Youth Code of Conduct/Media-Medical, Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports Parental Permission, and Volunteer Authorization forms are still required. You may use the forms available online or the copies that are in the club enrollment packet. We will know soon whether these forms may be signed electronically.
Macomb County MSU Extension will continue to update families with information as it becomes available. Thanks for your patience as we transition to 4-H Online.
Contact Us

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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County 4-H News
4-H Tech Wizards Mentor Mingle Jingle
The 4-H Tech Wizards Program will be holding a Mentor Mingle Jingle from 5:30-9 p.m. on December 18, 2014, at 1200 N. Telegraph Road, North Office Building 26E, Lower Level Classroom, Pontiac. Participants will have an opportunity to meet other mentors, brainstorm, check out our kits and curricula, enjoy refreshments, and more. Join us and bring a friend!

Winter_Horse_Projects_Clinic_122014Macomb County 4-H Winter Horse Projects Clinic - December 20

We have a clinic scheduled! Yay! If you can make it, please come out to Kathy Williams' barn on Saturday, December 20th from 1-3 p.m. The farm is located at 3436 Wadhams Road., Clyde Township. We will likely look at one halter class, one hunter under saddle class, and one western pleasure class. New faces are welcome. Dress for the weather and bring a pencil (pens don't write well in the cold) and notebook.


Feel free to call 586-855-3215 or email Lucy Brown, 4-H Volunteer, with any questions. Thank you so much to Kathy for hosting and to Barb Moses for setting this up!


- Submitted by Lucy Brown, 4-H Volunteer 


MSUE Welcomes 4-H Tech Wizards Americorps Staff Member Mark Cowan, Jr.

My name is Mark Cowan, Jr. I live in Clinton Township with my girlfriend Stephanie and our questionable Pomeranian, Beau. I am a graduate of Oakland University where I majored in Integrative Studies, combining my education in journalism, psychology, and economics into an interdisciplinary degree focusing on media actualization. In English, that means I want to help change how media operates, to hold it accountable to its own standards, and to help address the problems that journalism faces in the 21st century. I had a news internship at the Oakland Press, used to work for Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace as a videographer and also in their beer and wine department, and was a wine salesman for Great Lakes Wine and Spirits. I can be a bit of a beer and wine snob. I also am on the board of directors for the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights where I do website maintenance, social media, and PR. I've also served many thankless years in retail, where I've seen the dark soul of humanity- scary stuff... When I grow up, my girlfriend and I would like to start our very own nonprofit that will do design work, videography, web design, and PR/social media for other nonprofits. My hobbies include electronic music production, enjoying the outdoors, reading, writing, cooking, and annoying my dog.


Macomb County 4-H'er Applies for Prudential Spirit of Community Award

Marisa Cohen, a Romeo resident and member of Fantastic Felines 4-H Club, has applied for a Prudential Spirit of Community Award. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is based on volunteer community service and recognizes middle and high school students for outstanding service to others. The program's goals are to recognize young people who are making a positive difference and to inspire others. One of the community service activities Cohen participated in was the 4-H Photo Booth Fundraiser.


"I've done a lot of community service activities but the one that I really enjoyed was doing the Photo Booth at the Armada Fair. I was motivated to do it because I like taking pictures and thought it would be fun to learn how to use a professional camera and to raise money for our 4-H Council. The person in charge was Lizz Duran. She came up with the idea and sent out an email to all the clubs to see if anyone was interested in helping out with the photo booth. I went to the meeting where there were about seven other 4-H'ers there to come up with some ideas about how to run the booth. We talked about what all was needed and how much everything was going to cost to run it. We needed a camera, photo paper, photo printer, envelopes, stickers, and props like hay bales, flowers, hats, etc. I thought it was important to get involved because this was a way that people could see how much fun we have in 4-H and other people might want to join us, too. We ran the photo booth the whole week of the fair, and we could sign up for different time slots and different job descriptions. The jobs I signed up for were taking pictures of the people who wanted their picture taken and seeing if they wanted to use a prop or not. I was also in charge of printing out the picture and giving it to the customer. Sometimes I also took in the money, put it aside in an envelope, and had to give change back. It was a good experience for me to get to handle the money and talk to different people about 4-H. It also gave them a chance to see how the 4-H program can help kids like me learn to do new things like use a camera, take professional pictures, and talk to customers just like a real business. It was a lot of fun. I would like to be able to work the photo booth again next year if they have it."


One winner from each state will be selected. From those, 10 national honorees will be selected and recognized at a special ceremony in Washington D.C. in May.


Volunteer with Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers

If you are looking for volunteer opportunities for youth, Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers has some throughout the year. They have opportunities doing chore projects and with their Community Garden. If interested, contact JoAnn DeGrandis  for more information at 586-757-5551 and visit www.ivcinfo.org to see what they do.


Condolences to the family of Bob and Delise Kudzia on the loss of Bob's mother, Margaret Kudzia. 



Pistons_4-H_Family_Fun_Night_121914Pistons 4-H Family Night

Please join us for the 4-H Family night with the Detroit Pistons vs. the Toronto Raptors on Friday December 19th! Registration for this event is only $20! This includes a 200 level ticket for the game, a tour of the Palace of Auburn Hills and watch the pre game warm ups from the lower level, Detroit Pistons speaker series, pre-game shoot around and post game shot on the court. There will also be a chance to win autographed memorabilia! We will also arrange transportation if we have enough participation.

This is open to 4-H'ers, friends and family! You can register at www.pistons.com/4-H
 password: PISTONS. Once you have registered, please contact Dequindre at belldequ@anr.msu.edu or 586-469-5979 to let her know of the number of people attending from your club


County 4-H Calendar of Events



December 18

Mentor Mingle Jingle

Oakland County MSU Extension, Pontiac


December 19

4-H Family Fun Night with the Pistons

Palace of Auburn Hills


December 20

4-H Horse Clinic

Clyde Township


December 24-25 & 31

County offices are closed 


December 30

County Awards applications due

Macomb County MSU Extension, Clinton Township





January 1

Happy New Year!

County offices are closed


January 8 

Macomb County 4-H Youth Council Meeting (Community)

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


January 24

County Awards Banquet 

Noon, MSU Extension Assembly Rooms A & B, Clinton Township


February 1

State Awards applications due to Macomb County MSU Extension

Clinton Township


Mark of Excellence essays due to Macomb County MSU Extension

Clinton Township


February 12

Macomb County 4-H Youth Council Meeting (Administrative)

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


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 p.m, while the game begins at 2 p.m.


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 your county MSU Extension 4-H office or email Gail Hebert.



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

4-H State Youth Leadership Council Seeks Youth Applicants

The Michigan 4-H State Youth Leadership Council (4-H SLYC) is looking for members to serve on the Council. The purpose of the Michigan 4-H SYLC to provide a platform for Michigan 4-H's young leaders to have a voice in statewide programming. The SYLC members will be active ambassadors of 4-H, sharing their experiences and providing input for statewide outreach and events/programming planning. They will serve as an additional resource in their regions for 4-H staff, as well as general community members who might be interested in participating or volunteering with 4-H.


The Michigan 4-H State Youth Leadership Council is made up of 12-15 youth and 2-5 adults. Youth are selected for the council by application and interview with a state committee of MSU Extension staff and youth and adult volunteers. Council members are representatives of the Michigan 4-H Program promoting 4-H at various events; planning, conducting and evaluating national, state, regional, county leadership programs and serving as role models to other youth. Council terms are two years. 

Qualifications: Any 4-H participant, age 15-19 by January 1 of the election year can apply for a council position. The 4-H'er must meet the age requirements listed above, must be currently enrolled in a 4-H program, in good standing in their local 4-H club or unit, and have completed the previous year of 4-H work. Applicants should have an interest in leadership and able to commit time to the completion of SLYC activities. Candidates should be selected by a state committee on the following basis: 40% 4-H experience; 50% personal interview; 10% recommendation by MSU Extension Staff and volunteers.

The Council meets 4-7 times per year primarily through Zoom conferencing and face to face meetings along with overnight events.

Council Activities include:
- Youth Voice for overall MSU 4-H Programming, 
- Promoting 4-H through county and state activities 
- Serving on 4-H Capitol Experience held in Lansing, March 
- Youth Leadership Spectacular at Kettunen Center, January
- National Conference, April 11-16
- Exploration Days, June
Some scholarships for lodging, travel and some meals are provided by MSU. 

How to apply: Interested youth should complete an electronic survey which will serve as their application. Applicants must also select two adults, one being their 4-H Program Coordinator, to complete a reference. It will be the applicant's responsibility to distribute reference form information to their selected individuals. References will also be submitted electronically, with links being provided at the conclusion of this survey.


The SYLC application window will close on December 15, 2014. Selected applicants will be contacted by the state office to arrange a time for a phone interview on December 22, 2014. Please direct any questions to LCE educators Makena Schultz (schul430@anr.msu.edu) or Jackie Martin (marti623@anr.msu.edu).



The Michigan 4-H Youth Leadership & Global Citizenship Spectacular, to be held at Kettunen Center from January 17-18, 2015, is a lively celebration of the power of young people as leaders! In the spirit of "thinking globally and acting locally" participants in this exciting, energetic, hands-on workshop will participate in small and large group sessions to share and develop valuable knowledge and skills related to youth leadership, civic engagement, global citizenship, and international cultures. This workshop is open to current and aspiring leaders and volunteers, ages 12 to 112 (by Jan. 1, 2015), who seek to develop skills to serve (or assist youth serving) in leadership roles in clubs, schools, communities, the state and the world. Attending the 2015 Michigan 4-H Youth Leadership & Global Citizenship Spectacular will help you become an outstanding leader who approaches life with your head, heart and hands open to new ideas, interesting people, and diverse cultures...it will change your world! Register online at http://events.anr.msu.edu/youthleadership15 by 11:59 p.m. on January 7th.

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