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January 9, 2015   
County 4-H Announcements
Club Enrollment Update
We're pleased to announce that the 4-H staff has completed 4-H Online training this week and that we're ready to begin the enrollment process! Macomb County 4-H club enrollment for 2014-15 will take place in two phases.


Phase I (Administrative Leaders): Enrollment packets with the forms listed below are available at Macomb County MSU Extension. Each club's administrative leader (f.k.a. general, community, or organizational leader) is asked to return the following club enrollment forms no later than January 20, 2015:


We especially need the Club Information Sheet and Civil Rights Compliance Statement so that we may set up each club in the new system. Club members and volunteers will not be able to enroll/reenroll until we have this information. Completed forms may be faxed to 586-469-6948 Attn: 4-H/Roberta, emailed to Macomb.4h@macombgov.org, or mailed to MSU Extension, Attn: 4-H/Roberta, 21885 Dunham Road, Suite 12, Clinton Township, MI 48036.


Administrative leaders are also asked to turn in the following items no later than March 6th. If administrative club leaders already have the items listed below, they may be turned in earlier with the forms listed above.

Member enrollments will not be approved until participation fees have been paid. Members may not participate in 4-H shooting sports projects or events unless they have a completed Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports Parental Permission & Acknowledgement of Risk form on file at Macomb County MSU Extension.


Phase II (Families): On January 23rd, members and volunteers will receive instructions for enrolling online and may start doing so. Members and volunteers will be able to enroll and sign for the Media/Medical Release, Youth Code of Conduct and Volunteer Authorization online. If you have already submitted a Code of Conduct/Media-Medical Release or Volunteer Authorization form to the 4-H office for 2014-15, you do not have to complete the forms online, however, it is strongly encouraged.


Enrollments are accepted at any time, however, returning members planning to show projects at the 2015 Armada Fair will have until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 6th to enter their 4-H enrollments. New members planning to show projects at the 2015 Armada Fair will have until 11:59 p.m. on April 1st to enter their 4-H enrollments.


Family and volunteer guides will be available online for members and volunteers. Enrollment help sessions will be open by appointment at Macomb County MSU Extension on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between January 27 and March 4 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Staff will also be setting up evening help sessions at other locations for anyone who needs internet access or further instruction.


R.S.V.P. for 4-H County Awards Banquet
Please join us in celebrating the Macomb County's 2014 4-H Awards recipients from noon-3 p.m. at Macomb County MSU Extension on January 24, 2015. All 4-H families are invited to attend. Please R.S.V.P. to Macomb.4h@macombgov.org or 586-469-6431 by 5 p.m. on Friday, January 23rd.

4-H Youth Council Meeting & Community Service Activity Rescheduled to January 13

The Macomb County 4-H Youth Council meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday, January 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Camp Rotary, 20505 29 Mile Road, Ray Township.


Come help the Youth Council make no-sew fleece blankets for area animal shelters. All materials will be provided.


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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Percentage of families to read the last Macomb County 4-H Family Newsletter:  34.4%


Do you have material to add to the next issue of the Macomb County

4-H Family Newsletter? We'd like to hear from you!

Send your material to macomb.4h@macombgov.org by noon on Tuesday, January 13th.

 County 4-H News 
Pirates 4-H Club Members Make Cookies
for Local Firefighters

The Pirates 4-H Club decorated sugar cookies at their December meeting. Boxes of the yummy gifts were then delivered to several of our local first responders as a thank you for their service and dedication to our communities. This has become a yearly tradition that is enjoyed by the 4-H kids and the first responders!


Submitted by Cindy Bohm, 4-H Volunteer



Mount Clemens 4-H Tech Wizards Group Builds a Hovercraft
 The 4-H Tech Wizards group at Mt. Clemens Middle School built a hovercraft this past Tuesday, January 6th, during their normal mentoring meeting time. Gary Weaks and Kris Wright, chemists at Axalta Coating Systems in Mt. Clemens are two of the mentors with the group.  Gary took the lead on the project for the first site meeting of the year saying, "Go big or go home!"  He found the hovercraft plans  and brought the all the materials and tools. The youth measured, cut, sanded, drilled, nailed and stapled. They cleaned up also using the shop vacuum Gary brought. Each of the youth had the opportunity to sit and ride the hovercraft which is powered by a leaf blower motor. At the next site meeting, the youth will be making individual hovercrafts using CDs and balloons and will be discussing the science of air pressure. For information on 4-H Tech Wizards in Macomb County contact Lisa Kelley at 248-858-1524 or lkelley@anr.msu.edu.

Anton Art Center to Host 4-H Children's Art Exchange

MSU Extension, in partnership with the Anton Art Center, will be hosting a unique educational cultural experience for all youth in kindergarten through 6th grade. The event will be held at the Art Center in Mount Clemens on February 7th and will offer children the opportunity to experience of creating a unique mixed media art piece under the instruction of one of the centers on-site art instructors.


The three-dimensional creation will be a Lion Dance puppet. This workshop was created to fall during the Chinese New Year and as an expansion of the annual China Art Exchange Program facilitated once a year by MSU Extension. The event is open to non-4-H youth as well.


When: February 7, 2015

Time:  Morning Session - 10:00 a.m. - noon

          Afternoon Session 1:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m.

Cost: $10.00 for 4-H members, $20.00 for non 4-H youth


R.S.V.P. to 586-469-6431 by January 28th.



Winter 4-H Horse Projects Schedule

1/18/15 (Sunday), 1:30-Horse Judging Clinic at Rattle Run Farms, 7103 Gratiot Ave. St. Clair, MI 48079. Barn/arena are heated if the weather calls for it, but still dress warm. We will likely look at one halter class and two riding classes. All are welcome. Bring a pencil and a notebook. Wear gloves so you can still write. 


2/2/15 (Monday), 6:30 p.m. at the Goodells Park Community Building (horse judging, hippology, and horse bowl for competition or just learning)


2/6/15 (Friday) p.m. at the MSU Pavilion. Horse judging clinic with small participation fee. Anyone welcome. Strongly recommended for everyone planning to compete in judging at E3, and senior hippology contestants.


2/7/15 (Saturday) a.m. at the MSU Pavilion. Horse judging warm-up contest (3 classes). Small fee, anyone welcome (adult division too). Strongly recommended for anyone competing in judging or senior hippology at E3.


2/7/15 (Saturday) late a.m. at the MSU Pavilion. 4-H horse program benefit clinic. Topic and clinician to be announced. Small admission fee. Please consider attending. Everyone can usually learn something here. (MQHA youth also have a used tack/clothing sale going on concurrently, with lots of great buys!)


2/21/15 or 2/22/15--Possible horse judging meeting/clinic--details TBD.


2/28/15 or 3/1/15--Possible horse judging meeting/clinic--details TBD.


3/2/15 (Monday), 6:30 at the Goodells Park Community Building (horse judging, hippology, and horse bowl for competition or just learning)


3/7/15 or 3/8/15--Possible horse judging meeting/clinic--details TBD.


3/13/15-3/15/15 (Friday-Sunday) Michigan Horse Expo @ the MSU Pavilion. Lots of good exhibits. $1 off admission coupons available. Check out the details at www.michiganhorseexpo.org


3/21/15 or 3/22/15--Possible horse judging meeting/clinic--details TBD.


3/29/15 (Sunday) All day at the MSU Pavilion. Hairy Horse Show. This is a unique show where classes are discussed over the microphone by the judge. Great learning experience to participate in or attend as a spectator.


4/4/15 (Saturday) Vet-a-Visit at MSU. Spend the day checking out lots of great exhibits and the vet school itself. Check out the details at cvm.msu.edu/alumni-friends/vetavisit


4/6/15 (Monday), 6:30 p.m. at the Goodells Park Community Building (horse judging, hippology, and horse bowl for competition or just learning)


4/12/15 and/or 4/13/15--Possible horse judging meeting or clinic--details TBD.


4/17/15-4/18/15 Equine Educational Expo at MSU. The communications contest typically takes place Friday night. Judging, hippology, and horse bowl run on Saturday (all at the same time). So everyone who wants to can compete in communications, but only one of the other three events. There is an awards ceremony Saturday night.


Please try to attend as many meetings and events as possible for the project areas you are interested in, but know that we understand it would be almost impossible to do it all! If you'd like to go to some of the out of town events but need a ride, or if you know you're going and would be ok with taking an extra passenger or two, let Lucy know. We'll try to set up some carpooling.  Additional local judging clinics and meetings will be scheduled throughout the winter, so it is crucial to make sure Lucy has your contact information if you are interested in learning judging.


Anyone interested in the communications contest, or who has questions regarding competition, please contact Lucy or Heather.



Lucy Brown (judging), 586-855-3215, lamckier@yahoo.com

Heather Mudge (hippology and horse bowl), 810-434-4359, dancer16_03@hotmail.com (put "horses" in the subject line)

Marianne Moskal (non-competition learning), 810-305-9834


Also, check out these horse events:

  • 4-H/MQHA Clinic Weekend featuring nationally renowned AQHA Trainer and Clinician, Art O'Brien. The clinic is February 6 & 7, 2015at the MSU Pavilion in East Lansing. http://miquarterhorse.com/clinics.html. For more information, call (517) 353-1748 or email tenlenta@msu.edu.


  • 13th Annual MQHA Tack Sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, February 7, 2015, MSU Pavilion, East Lansing. For more information, call (616) 225-8211 or email mqha@hotmail.com.
  Submitted by Lucy Brown, 4-H Volunteer
County 4-H Calendar of Events 

January 12

Macomb County 4-H Outdoor Education & Recreation Program Committee Meeting
7 p.m., Grange Hall, Armada Fairgrounds, Armada


January 13

Macomb County 4-H Youth Council Meeting & Community Service Activity

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


January 20

Club Enrollment Phase I deadline for club administrative leaders


January 23

Club Enrollment Phase II begins for members and volunteers

Look for an email from Macomb County MSU Extension.


January 24

4-H County Awards

Noon-3 p.m., VerKuilen Building, Clinton Township

February 1

State Awards applications due to Macomb County MSU Extension

VerKuilen Building, Clinton Township

Mark of Excellence Essays due to Macomb County MSU Extension

VerKuilen Building, Clinton Township


February 9

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

7 p.m., Grange Hall, Armada Fairgrounds, Armada


February 12

Macomb County 4-H Youth Council Meeting (Administrative)

VerKuilen Building, Clinton Township

Statewide 4-H News

4-H Capitol Experience

Preparing for Active Citizenship

4-H Capitol Experience is an annual four-day conference that focuses on civic engagement and public policy. Up to 100 teens from around the state meet in Lansing,Michigan to:

  • Experience state government in action.
  • Explore different aspects of a policy issue that may affect individuals and their communities.
  • Understand a citizen's responsibilities and learn how they can influence policy issues.
  • Interact with legislators, state agency staff, lobbyists and other resource people, and learn how policy is made, including attending a bill-writing session.
  • Explore various careers in public policy.

Quick Facts

Who should attend? 

High-school students at least 14 years old and adult participant-chaperones. Space is limited to 100 teen and adult chaperone-participants.



From Sunday, March 22, 2015 (3 pm) to Wednesday, March 25, 2015 (12:30 pm)



Tours and agency visits will take place at the State Capitol and surrounding area.



Each teen or adult participant-chaperone will need to apply online. Participants who attended in previous years will be considered based on space available. Additional registration forms (Parent Permission Form and Media and Medical Release) will be due in February 2015. Contact your county MSU Extension office for more details and keep checking the 4-H Capitol Experience web site to see when the registration site will open.



(Including all meals, lodging and material fees) $310 4-H members, $320 non4-H members

Scholarships for up to half the participant cost ($155) will be available. To qualify, a completed

application must be sent to the State office as outlined on the scholarship application.


More Information

There are many ways to learn more about 4-H Capitol Experience. For example, check out:



Do You Need Some Research on Topics Relevant to 4-H?

If so, check out the news articles that are continuously posted on the Michigan 4-H page of the Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) web site. These articles, written by MSUE educators and specialists, cover a variety of topics, and contain valuable resources and new ideas for your local 4-H programs.


Here are a few recent examples:

  1. Sending a child to camp 
  2. Life skills and shopping 
  3. Tech tools to support deployment 
  4. Winter rabbit care 

There's even a 4-H News Archive that dates back to early 2012.




Resolve to Try Something New!

4-H members, parents and leaders across the state are making resolutions and starting new projects. As you consider your goals for the next year, challenge yourself to try something new to expand your horizons or consider a new aspect of a project that you already enjoy.


Michigan 4-H Youth Development has a lot of great statewide events held around the state including 4-H Exploration Days, 4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources Camp, Kettunen Center workshops and state shows. 



Register for Michigan 4-H February Volunteer Training Workshops

Each program year, Michigan 4-H, with support from the Michigan 4-H Foundation, donors and other supporters, offers volunteer skills trainings at sites across Michigan. Each workshop provides participants with the necessary skills to become knowledgeable in a variety of subjects.

Workshops being offered this February are:


  • 4-H Veterinary Science Teen and Adult Leaders Workshop, Feb. 27-28: Adult and teen volunteers will explore animal systems and learn about animal health for a broad array of animal species. Participants will learn from others, share information and experiences, and ask veterinarians questions about their careers. Other activities include hands-on demonstrations that will teach attendees how to help members recognize healthy, sick and/or injured animals. For more information on this workshop, visit the 4-H Veterinary Science Teen and Adult Leaders Workshop registration page. This event will take place at the Kettunen Center, in Tustin, Michigan.


  • 4-H Beef, Sheep and Swine Teen and Adult Leaders Workshop, Feb. 28-March 1: This workshop is designated for both teen and adult leaders in beef cattle, sheep and swine projects. Topics to be covered during the workshop include animal health, management and nutrition. Various county leaders will be present to encourage participants to exchange ideas and program information with other volunteers within the same project area. The workshop will also offer ways to enhance communication and teaching skills, and information about the many opportunities available for those interested in the beef, sheep and swine industries. For more information on this workshop, visit the 4-H Beef, Sheep and Swine Teen and Adult Leaders Workshop registration page. The event will take place at the Kettunen Center, in Tustin, Michigan.


Workshop participants can register through the Michigan State University ANR Events Registration system, at http://events.anr.msu.edu/. Michigan 4-H members should use their age as of January 1 of the current program year (January 1, 2015) when selecting events to attend. For more information about becoming a Michigan 4-H member or volunteer, visit 4h.msue.msu.edu.



4-H OAC Winter Camping Workshop - February 13-15

The 4-H Outdoor Adventure Challenge winter camping workshop will be held February 13-15 at Pigeon River State forest near Vanderbilt.  This is a great opportunity get outside and experience the details involved with winter camping.  Skills will be shared to help participants enjoy a successful winter camping experience.  Registration, deadlines and additional information can be found at http://msue.anr.msu.edu/events/outdoor_adventure_challenge_winter_camping_workshop.



4-H  Volunteer Opportunity at Michigan Horse Expo

Michigan Horse Expo is looking for volunteers to work at the ExpoMarch 13, 14, and 15, 2015.  All volunteers must be 16 years of age, and all must be accompanied by an adult (the adult can accompany more than one child).  4 hours is the  minimum volunteer time.  7 hours or more is considered all day and gets you access to the volunteer room where there is food and drink. All day volunteers do get shopping and event breaks.  In return for your volunteer time, Michigan Horse Expo makes a donation to your club. Please contact Kris Layman at kristinelayman@att.net or 248-634-1697 for more information.



Time Changed for 4-H Day at the Breslin Center on January 18th

The January 18th 4-H Day at the Breslin Center/Lady Spartan vs. Lady Hawkeyes game has been moved to 3 p.m.  


Join us as the Lady Spartans take on Iowa Lady Hawkeys

January 18th, 2015


You're ALL invited to attend the tenth annual celebration of MSU Extension 4-H Youth Development at the Spartan Women's basketball game at 3 p.m., Sunday, January 18th, 2015. Last year over 5,700 MSUE staff, 4-H volunteers, members and their families attended this exciting opportunity at the MSU Breslin Student Events Center.


Ticket Price: FREE for MSUE 4-H youth and their families, 4-H volunteers and MSU Extension staff and their families!


Date: Sunday, January 18th, 2015


Time: Game begins at 3 p.m. Gate D will open at 1:30 and is the gate you need to enter if you are picking up tickets from the 4-H Registration Table. (DO NOT go to the Breslin Center "will call" entrance).


Contact Dequindre Bell at 586-469-5979 or belldequ@anr.msu.edu for ticket information.


Parking Information:  School buses are FREE; all other buses are $20 each. Cars are $5. 


Attire:  Participants are asked to wear green and white 4-H and/or Extension apparel if possible. We really want to make our presence in the Breslin Center known!


Overnight stays:  For those who want to make a weekend of it, the following hotels are located on or near campus and are convenient. The web sites are listed below for your convenience, but you must call the hotel directly.


 Kellogg Center: The Kellogg Center is located on the campus of MSU and is within walking distance from the Breslin Center. This very convenient location is an excellent way to experience the elegance of the Kellogg Center, the beauty of MSU's campus and the excitement of joining other 4-H'ers as we cheer on the Spartan Women's Basketball team. Overnight parking is free. For reservations call 800.875.5090 or517-432-4000. Or visit their web site at www.kelloggcenter.com 


  University Quality Inn: The Quality Inn is located one mile from MSU and offers a complimentary hot breakfast and two beverage tickets per room.  For reservations call 517-351-1440. Or visit their web site at http://www.qualityinn.com/hotel-lansing-michigan-MI030 


  Breslin Center Rules, Regulations and Concession Costs: 
No noise makers or items that obstruct the view of others (i.e. foam hands, foam fingers, foam noodles, pennants, flags, banners or beach balls). Signs are restricted to no larger than a � sheet of poster board.


The Breslin Center does not allow food or beverages to be brought into the facility. The list below shows the cost of some of the food items available, to give you an idea on how to plan.

  Popcorn $4; $5 Tub

  Soda $4 (22 oz.); $5 (32 oz./souvenir cup); $7.00 (souvenir mug)

  Pizza $5 (slice)

  Pretzel $4

  Hot dog $4

  Carmel Corn $4

  Ice Cream $4.50

  Bottled beverages $5 (20 oz.)


We hope to see you at the Breslin Center on Sunday, January 18th, 2015!


Statewide 4-H Calendar of Events

4-H Workshops

February 6-7

4-H Horse Judging Workshop & Mini Contest 

MSU Pavilion, East Lansing


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


March 13-15

Michigan 4-H Dairy Conference 

Kettunen Center, Tustin


April 24-26

Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Certification Workshop 

Kettunen Center, Tustin




Other 4-H Events

January 18

4-H Day at the Breslin Center

Breslin Center, MSU, East Lansing


February 6-7

4-H/MQHA Benefit Clinic and Tack Sale

MSU Pavilion, East Lansing


February 13-16

4-H Healthy Living Youth Summit

Washington, DC


March 7

Spring Galaxy Meeting: 4-H Horse Program Committee (Contact Taylor Fabus)

Anthony Hall ,MSU, East Lansing


March 22-25

4-H Capitol Experience



March 29

4-H Hairy Horse Benefit Show (Contact Karen Waite)

MSU Pavilion, East Lansing


April 11-16

National 4-H Conference

Washington, DC



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