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November 26, 2014

Club Enrollment Update

For this program year, the enrollment deadline for returning members has been extended to six weeks after the launch of 4-H Online. 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.


Macomb County MSU Extension will be distributing club enrollment packets with all necessary materials except 4-H Online enrollment instructions. 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. 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. 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.


More information about 4-H Online will be available soon. What we know you can expect is that:


1) Families will be entering their own data online.

2) Payment options will include cash or check and possibly credit card.

3) A temporary enrollment form has been developed for groups that want/need them now, however, those who use it will be required to reenter their information later using 4-H Online.


Macomb County MSU Extension will continue to update families with information as it becomes available.


Happy Thanksgiving from the 4-H Staff

The 4-H staff is thankful for the families that make our programs innovative, beneficial and fun, and now seems like the perfect opportunity to let you know it. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us to all of you!


Thanksgiving Facts:

  • 46 million turkeys are eaten each Thanksgiving.
  • 88% of Americans surveyed by the National Turkey Federation eat turkey on Thanksgiving.
  • The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15 pounds.
  • Turkey breeding has caused turkey breasts to grow so large that the turkeys fall over.
  • The five most popular ways to serve leftover turkey are in a sandwich, stew, chili or soup, casseroles and as a burger.

Source: http://urbanext.illinois.edu/turkey/turkey_facts.cfm


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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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Youth Council Survey

As a part of the 4-H community, you are invited to participate in a short survey for the 4-H Youth Council. The Council will use your feedback to plan meetings and events that more closely fit our community's interests.


Take 5 minutes today and share your input! Access the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/4hyouthcouncil. If you don't have time today, then be sure to complete it by December 1, 2014.


You may also print off the survey, complete it, and then mail, fax, or drop it off at the Extension Office.


Thank you in advance for your input!




Anti-Bullying Seminar

Join us on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 from 7-8:30 p.m. at MSU Extension, Assembly Room B, 21885 Dunham Road, Clinton Township, for an Anti-Bullying Seminar. Learn basic self-defense and bullying prevention! Build self-confidence! Break a board! This program is free and open to all, but registration is required. Please R.S.V.P. to (586) 469-6431 or Macomb.4h@macombgov.org by 5 p.m. on December 8, 2014.




4-H Outdoor Education & Recreation Program Committee Meeting

Monday, December 8, 2014

7-8 p.m.

MSU Extension, Assembly Room A

21885 Dunham Road, Clinton Township


Are you interested in the Outdoor Education and Recreation project area? Come help us reestablish the Macomb County Outdoor Education and Recreation Program Committee. One characteristic of an effective committee is a broad representation of teens and adults, so we need you to serve on the committee! All are welcome!


The Macomb County 4-H Outdoor Education & Recreation Program Committee meeting minutes for October 30, 2014 are now online at http://macombgov.org/msuextension/Macomb_County_4-H_OER_Program_Committee.htm.



4-H Committee Seeks New Teen & Adult Members

Get involved!The Macomb County 4-H Outdoor Education & Recreation Program Committee is seeking new teen and adult members! 


- Share your passion for the outdoors with others

- Serve the 4-H community

- Develop leadership and teamwork skills

- Provide 4-H members opportunities to experience and explore the outdoors

- Have fun!


Join us at our next meeting:

Monday, December 8 at 7 p.m.

Macomb County MSU Extension Office, Assembly Room A

21885 Dunham Road, Clinton Township, MI 48036  

Statewide 4-H News


Breslin4HDay_0118144-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 MSU Extension 4-H Youth Development celebration 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 or to request tickets, contact Dequindre Bell, 4-H Program Coordinator, at belldequ@anr.msu.edu or call 586-469-5979.



4-H Winterfest: A Special Event for 8- to-12-Year-Old Youth

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 online at http://www.ans.msu.edu/youth_extension_programs/livestock_youth_programs: 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 (
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2015SYLC) 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).



Become a 4-H Volunteer!

 Michigan 4-H has a goal of recruiting 8,000 new volunteers in the 2014-2015 program year. Would you or someone you know make a great 4-H volunteer? There are many ways to get involved: help at camp, teach a workshop, lead a club, chaperone an event, lend your professional skills, help at the fair and more!


Contact the county MSU Extension office to learn more about becoming a 4-H volunteer today. By giving your time, you'll help youth achieve big dreams and prepare for the future. After all, life's little questions aren't meant to be answered alone.


Other News


World of 7 Billion Video Contest is Open to High Schoolers

The World of 7 Billion student video contest is open to all high school students worldwide. The contest is open to all high school students worldwide and challenges them to create a short (60 seconds or less) video illustrating the connection between world population growth and one of three global challenges dealing with either the sixth extinction, available farmland, or global education. Students can win up to $1,000 and their teachers will receive free curriculum resources. A lesson plan is available online for teachers who want to incorporate the World of 7 Billion video contest into class curriculum while meeting contest standards and utilizing 21st Century skills.


The contest deadline is February 19, 2015. Full contest guidelines, resources for research, past winners, and more can be found at www.worldof7billion.org/student-video-contest.



2015 Michigan Envirothon: Inspiring Environmental Stewardship in Michigan's Youth

Michigan Envirothon (ME) has been inspiring and training the next generation of Michigan's natural resource leaders since 1994.  ME is an exciting and challenging way to provide natural resource and environmental science education to high school students throughout the state of Michigan.  The ME program focuses on using the outdoors as a classroom, utilizing diverse "eco-stations" as competition testing sites, and interaction and training with professionals in the field.  In addition to gaining valuable knowledge, teams also complete a Community Outreach Project as part of the competition; identifying and addressing a natural resource issue in their community through hands-on problem solving and community education.


Form a team: Michigan Envirothon teams may be comprised of up to eight students (five team members and three alternate members). Please note for state competition only five team members may compete.  Teams may be formed by school districts, home school groups, career centers, Girl/Boy Scout groups, FFA, 4-H, church groups and/or environmental clubs.  Team advisors are not required to have any special training; they just need to be an adult interested in working with the students and helping them prepare for competition.  Assistance is often available through the local Conservation District (see www.macd.org for a directory) and other groups.

More Event Details:  

The state is divided into six regions for the purposes of testing and training and six regional competitions will be held in March. These competitions function as both a training and review day as well as a qualifier for the state competition. Training sessions will be facilitated by local resource professionals and held outside, (weather permitting) with hands-on activities over lecture style presentations when possible.


The top 24 regional competitors from around the state will advance to battle it out May 6 - 8, 2015 at Fort Custer in Augusta, Michigan for the chance to represent Michigan in the North American Envirothon at Missouri State University in Springfield on July 27-August 2, 2015. Teams are required to participate in their assigned regional competition, unless otherwise approved prior to the event. Regional Competitions may be combined if the number of registered teams from a region does not meet minimum requirements.  


For additional program details check out the Envirothon Manual, and Webpage.  Register online. For more information, contact Angie Sandusky at 517-324-5274, 517-930-7449, or


4-H Calendar of Events



December 8

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

VerKuilen Building, Clinton Township

December 10, 2014
VerKuilen Building, Clinton Township




January 17-18

Michigan 4-H Youth Leadership & Global Citizenship Spectacular 

Kettunen Center, Tustin

January 18

4-H Day at the Breslin Center

MSU, East Lansing  


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
November 28-December 2 

Atlanta, Georgia   



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


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