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  29, 2014  

Schwan's sales to benefit Macomb County 4-H through November 14th

The Macomb County 4-H Youth Council has launched a Schwan's Fundraiser campaign. Through Nov. 14, 2014, Schwan's will donate 20 percent of each purchase to Macomb County 4-H. Please support Macomb County 4-H by placing a Schwan's order! Simply visit Schwans-Cares.com and enter campaign ID 14686 into the search box. Or, you can call 1-855-870-7208 and provide campaign number 14686 and fundraising ID number 34977.


Annual Summary Financial Statements and Club Inventory Reports are due December 1st

Reminder: Clubs and committees are required to turn in Annual Summary Financial Statement and Club/Committee Inventory Reports at the completion of each program year. These forms are available online at http://macombgov.org/msuextension/4h_Forms.htm or from the county Extension office.


If your club was in operation between September 1, 2013 and August 31, 2014, please complete these forms and mail them to Macomb County MSU Extension, 21885 Dunham Road, Suite 12, Clinton Township, MI 48036, fax them to (586) 469-6748 attn: 4-H, or email scanned copies to macomb.4h@macombgov.org by December 1, 2014.


OERPC4-H Outdoor Education & Recreation Program Committee to meet October 30th

You're invited to attend the upcoming Macomb County 4-H Outdoor Education & Recreation (OER) Committee meeting.

Outdoor Education & Recreation Program Committee Meeting
Thursday, October 30, 2014
6-7 p.m.

Macomb County MSU Extension

Assembly Room A

21885 Dunham Rd., Clinton Township

What are the OER needs in our community? How can a county-wide committee help meet these needs? Help answer these questions and more. All members of our community are encouraged to attend and share their needs and ideas. Your input will help guide the direction of this committee!

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


4-H club enrollment information is coming soon

County offices expect to have more information to share with families soon about the new enrollment system, 4-H Online. What we do know you can expect is that:


1) Families will be entering their own data online.

2) Payment options will include cash, check or 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. It is our recommendation and the recommendation of the state 4-H office that families wait to enroll/reenroll using 4-H Online.


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 continue to update families with information as it becomes available.


Save the date!

Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Banquet is November 16, 2014. Details will be announced.

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Dequindre Bell

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Elizabeth Duran

4-H Program Coordinator


Lisa Kelley

Program Coordinator, 4-H Tech Wizards


Scott Lakin

Extension Educator, 4-H Tech Wizards


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November 1-2

Michigan 4-H Poultry Science Teen & Adult Workshop 

Kettunen Center, Tustin


November 14-16

2014 Multi-State Horse Judges Conference

Crowne Plaza Lansing West, Lansing   


November 21-23

Teen & Adult 4-H Horse Leaders' Conference 

Kettunen Center, Tustin


4-H Advisory Group Retreat 

Kettunen Center, Tustin






January 17-18

Michigan 4-H Youth Leadership & Global Citizenship Spectacular 

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
November 28-December 2 

Atlanta, Georgia   



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

 4-H Scholarships 

Are you - or do you know - a 4-H member who could use support in pursuing a college education? If so, read on and be sure to visit the Michigan 4-H Scholarships web site for all of the details.


General Eligibility

General requirements include the following:

  • 4-H involvement at county, regional, state, national and international levels
  • Outstanding achievement in 4-H
  • Scholastic excellence
  • A broad range of 4-H experiences and project involvement
  • Leadership and citizenship contributions within and outside of 4-H
  • Financial need (applies to 4-H Rabbit/Cavy scholarship only)

Michigan 4-H Youth Development Scholarships

The 4-H Rabbit/Cavy Scholarship is the only one available through this application for 2014. Two to four scholarships will be awarded. Specific requirements and details include:

  • Applicants must have been enrolled in a 4-H rabbit or cavy project for at least three years.
  • Applicants must be college freshmen in the Fall 2015.
  • The award amount varies.
  • A PDF version of the application packet is on the web. A Word version is also available on the web site.
  • The application is due by November 1, 2014.

Michigan State University Scholarships 

Six of these scholarships are given each year. Although the application and more details are available on the Michigan 4-H Scholarships web site,specific information and requirements include:

  • Applicants must be 4-H members who are high-school seniors in 2014-15.
  • Applicants must meet MSU's standard admissions requirements.
  • Applicants must apply to MSU on the application . A Word version is also available on the web site.
  • The award amount is $2,500 annually for four consecutive years of full-time study at MSU.
  • The application is due by November 1, 2014.

Michigan 4-H Foundation Scholarships

The Michigan 4-H Foundation offers scholarships to attend Michigan State University. There is no separate application process for these scholarships; recipients are selected from the MSU 4-H Youth Development Scholarship applicant pool.


Michigan State University Pre-College Program Scholarships

Students in 8th, 9th or 10th grade following involvement in an MSU precollege program (such as 4-H Capitol Experience, 4-H Exploration Days, 4-H Renewable Energy Camp, 4-H Animal & Veterinary Science Camp or 4-H Great Lakes & Natural Resources Camp) may apply. If selected, $2,000 will be applied toward the student's first year at MSU as a degree-seeking student. Full requirements and application information is on the web.


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.


Let's Get the 4-H Clover All Over Facebook 

Show your 4-H face by changing your profile picture to one of the 4-H icons posted on the

Michigan 4-H web page . Be proud: Celebrate your 4-H connection by telling the world if you are a member, mentor, alum, supporter, volunteer or parent. If you are on Twitter and Instagram don't forget to use #MI4HFace. 

County 4-H Calendar of Events


October 30
MSU Extension, Clinton Township

October 31
Deadline for requesting archery targets 
MSU Extension, Clinton Township

November 1
Vista Maria, Dearborn Heights
Wolcott Mill Farm Learning Center, Ray Township

November 8
Macomb Community College - Building E, Clinton Township

November 14
Macomb County 4-H Youth Council Schwan's fundraiser ends

November 16
Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Recognition Banquet

November 20
MSU Extension, Clinton Township

November 28

2014 Annual Santa Claus Parade

Mount Clemens



County 4-H News

Macomb County welcomes new clubs

Macomb County 4-H wants to send a warm welcome to two new clubs! The Clinton Valley 4-H club is being resurrected by the former club leader, Betty Nebel, and her daughters, Liesel Bolleart and Renate Bernard. The club has a long list of project interests, including Aquatic Science, Citizenship, Community Service, Food & Nutrition, Environmental & Natural Resources, Agirculture, Horticulture, Floriculture, Poultry, Soil, and more. Also, a brand new leader to 4-H is Christine Cuppetelli from St. Clair Shores. Her club, Community Critters 4-H Club, will be exploring community service, photography and arts project areas.

Pirates 4-H Club participates in Adopt A County Road program 

This year the Pirates 4-H Club decided to Adopt A County Road. We completed our first road clean up on Oct. 5, 2014. With this program we are responsible for cleaning our section of road twice a year. We are planning our Spring clean up in April 2015.


Pictured are Pirates 4-H Club members and volunteers Kim Aguinaga, Cindy Bohm, Tim Williams, Haley Aguinaga, Kelly Meabrod, Melanie Meabrod, Gail, Maggie Bohm, Riley Simmonds, Marty Simmonds, Jessica Walkowski and Max Williams. Not pictured: Christina Williams.

Submitted by Max Williams, Pirates 4-H Club Historian/Reporter 



Mount Clemens 4-H Tech Wizards participate in NYSD Rockets to the Rescue
 Approximately 16 youth from 4-H Tech Wizards at Mt. Clemens Middle School participated in the 2015 National Youth Science Day project called Rockets to the Rescue. Over the course of two weeks youth built paper rockets and launched them with the intent of landing in a designated area. All the students and their mentors, Gary Weaks, Karen Putinsky and Mary Murray, had fun accomplishing such lofty goals!!


4-H Mentor Workshop - November 1 
A mentor workshop is scheduled for this Saturday, November 1, 2014 at Vista Maria, 20651 W. Warren Street, Dearborn Heights, Mich., from 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.  This free 4-H training is fun and interactive. Participants are taught using a research-based curriculum that covers topics like:


*    Building Strong Mentoring Relationships
*    Setting Boundaries
*    Engaging in Positive Communication
*    Youth Development Principles
*    Cultural Competency



The 4-H Mentoring Staff teaches mentors the proper tools and skills to begin mentoring youth ages 10-17. This one-day training is available to adults over age 21 who are interested in being mentors. Volunteer applications will be on hand at the training. Light refreshments and lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is required. Register online at http://events.anr.msu.edu/4HMentoringNovember/.


For information regarding the 4-H Tech Wizards Mentoring Program or the Macomb 4-H Mentoring program, please contact Lisa Kelley at lkelley@anr.msu.edu or Dequindre Bell at belldequ@anr.msu.edu.


ClubOfficerTraining4-H Officer Roles & Parliamentary Procedure Training - November 1

Interested in learning more about officer roles? Want to gain knowledge in parliamentary procedure? Save the date for our upcoming 4-H Officer Roles & Parliamentary Procedure Training on Saturday, November 1. This free training, presented by the Leadership and Civic Engagement Workgroup from MSU Extension, will take place from 10 a.m.-noon at the Wolcott Mill Farm Center Classroom, 65775 Wolcott Road, Ray Township.

Please call (586) 469-6090 or email Macomb.4h@macombgov.org to register.




4-H invited to participate in Mount Clemens parade 

Hey, Macomb County 4-H members! Here is another fun event happening in Macomb County 4-H! Mount Clemens Mayor Barb Dempsey has invited Macomb County 4-H to participate in the 2014 Annual Santa Claus Parade. The parade will take place in downtown Mount Clemens on Friday, November 28, 2014, at 10 a.m. The Macomb County 4-H Youth Council and the Top 4-H'ers are heading up the planning. They are inviting any member and/or clubs that would like to join in on the fun! Please contact Macomb County MSU Extension at (586) 469-6431 by November 15th. It would be great to have a strong presence and have a well-rounded number of project areas represented.



Bunny for adoption

Need a soft and cuddly best friend to snuggle with? We found him for you! This loveable bunny came to us for Easter and has been a good-tempered and docile member of our family for about six months, but we are looking for a more pet-friendly home for him than our small apartment. While somewhat skittish at first, he will soon respond to affection by allowing you to pet and play with him. This little guy is litter trained and very curious. He enjoys sniffing feet, chewing, digging, and eating carrots, lettuce, or celery as treats. As he was found outside of our apartment, we are unsure of immunizations, however, he appears happy and healthy. Bunny comes with any provisions we have for him (litter, Timothy hay, food pellets, etc.). If interested, please contact Elyssa Smith at (586) 943-6727 or esmith@orchards.org. 



Request archery targets by October 31st

4-H archery project members, youth bag targets are available for your use for training and practice. If you would like one, please contact Marinda Ochs at ochsmari@anr.msu.edu or (586) 783-8163 by October 31, 2014.



Searching for Ash Trees

Scientists are looking for "survivor trees" in Michigan, and they want your help. The Northern Research Station has launched a new online reporting tool. They want people in 10 counties in southeast Michigan and 7 counties in northwest Ohio to report the location of ash trees that have survived the infestation. Jennifer Koch is a research biologist with the U.S. Forest Service. She explains where to look for the trees and why:


"What we're most interested in are trees that are in natural wooded areas, we really want people to go look outside of their homes and their streets and into the woods and the forests."  Not all ash trees qualify for study. She says trees that are planted in your yard and street trees are most likely from local nurseries and are horticultural cultivars. She says these trees have limited genetic diversity and are probably already in the researchers' collection of trees to be tested. Also, ash trees in yards and cities that survived the borer were often treated with insecticides.

Ash trees in forests, though, are more likely to have survived on their own. "What we're really focusing in on is trees that have maintained a healthy crown, so very few branches with any dying leaves or anything like that, in an area where most of the other ash trees are dead, " she says.

The researchers also want you to keep an eye out for big ash trees: trees with a minimum of a 10-inch diameter at 4.5 feet high. This measurement, known as diameter at breast height or DBH, assures researchers that the tree was big enough when the ash borer infestation was at its peak. That's because the insects like to attack bigger trees.

Breeding for resistance: Koch says researchers will use the information from the reporting tool to try to understand what mechanisms allows these survivor trees to flourish while their counterparts succumbed to the invasive insects.

"We want to determine if that is a genetically heritable trait, because if it is a genetic trait, we can then breed for it. Our ultimate goal is to be able to breed for resistance," Koch says. "And to do that, we have to be able to identify trees that have this rare combination of genes that may allow them to tolerate emerald ash borers longer than their counterparts."

Koch adds that resistance to the ash borer is critical to maintaining ash in Midwestern forests.
If you want to help find survivor trees, first: take a walk in the woods and try to spot a healthy ash tree. And if you think you've found one, you can enter information about the tree using the survivor tree reporting tool. 

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The Lessons of Competition

 As a 4-H volunteer leader it is your responsibility to help youth reach their full potential. One of the tools you can use to encourage youth to challenge themselves is participating in the 4-H Awards Program. The 4-H Recognition program, whether it be at the State or County level, is designed to give participants life-building skills in the areas of:


Goal Setting - Deciding on the purpose or desired result as something to work towards. Whenever members are involved in a competitive activity, they should set goals on the purpose or desired outcome, these goals should be specific to the project area or a skill and not based on simply winning a prize.


Self-motivation and managing feelings - T he ability to make the needed effort to carry out a task or a plan; personal will to take action.  Youth have to establish a plan to reach for their set goals.


Managing feelings - Expressing ones feeling appropriately and in proportion to the circumstance.  Competitive events provide youth with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and share what they have learned. It is also an opportunity to experience success and disappointment in a healthy safe environment.


To support the Macomb County 4-H community, the Extension staff has scheduled a free State Awards Training on November 1, 2014, at 6 p.m. at Macomb County MSU Extension, 21885 Dunham Road, Suite 12, Clinton Township. 


4-H County Awards application deadline: December 1, 2014

4-H Mark of Excellence award application deadline: February 1, 2014

4-H State Award application deadline: February 1, 2014.


All applications must be submitted to the Macomb County MSU Extension office.



Learn about pet care and veterinary science at People, Pets & Vets

See, touch and learn about animals and veterinary medicine at People, Pets & Vets! Bring your stuffed animal for a free check-up or talk to veterinarians and learn how to care for your pets. Admission is FREE!


Macomb Community College

Center Campus, Building E

Saturday, November 8, 2014

11 a.m. -  3 p.m.


Clubs are welcome to set up displays and demonstrations at this event! More information is online at http://www.michvma.org, or email Dr. Tari Kern at peoplpetsvets@yahoo.com.  

4-H 101: Being the BEST Volunteer You Can Be
Macomb County MSU Extension 4-H is having a special evening for volunteers on Wednesday, November 20, 2014 from 5-9 p.m. at 21885 Dunham Road, Clinton Township. This is an important volunteer opportunity to gain 4-H club resources, network with neighbors, and get practical ideas for organizing, supporting, and expanding your Macomb County 4-H Club. Guest presenters are Sheila U. Smith, 4-H Youth Development Program Leader, and Jennifer Weichel, MSU Extension Volunteer Specialist. Topics will include:
  • What is a 4-H Club?
  • 4-H Curriculum
  • Club & Club File Maintenance
  • Volunteer Trainings & Updates
  • Starting 4-H Clubs
  • Financial Responsibilities
  • Resources for Decision-Making
This event is free for 4-H leaders, volunteers, teen leaders, and those interested in becoming a 4-H leader. Registration is required to ensure the proper amount of materials. Please R.S.V.P. to macomb.4h@macombgov.org or call (586) 469-6431.
Plan now for State Awards
Members who participate in the Michigan 4-H State Awards Program will be glad they did! The program is an opportunity for 4-H members ages 11-19 to receive recognition for their engagement in rich learning experiences that result in outstanding knowledge and life-skill development. After participating in the State 4-H Awards Program, youth will:
  • Learn to better communicate and represent their accomplishments on professional applications such as scholarships, college entrance applications, resumes and cover letters for employment.
  • Have more experience and be better able to communicate during job interviews.
  • Build long-lasting friendships and establish connections with industry and academic leaders.
  • Be encouraged to set new goals, continue building skills and assets, and broaden interests.
Age categories:

Mark of Excellence Essay Contest

11-12 year old 4-H members
Junior State Award
13-15 year old 4-H members
Senior State Award
16-19 year old 4-H members
The application process and selection for the Michigan 4-H State Awards program is determined by the age of the 4-H member. Recognition may include certificates, plaques, and cash prizes for junior and senior award winners. Get more information at http://4h.msue.msu.edu/awards_scholarships/4-h_recognition_program.
All applications are due March 1st. Each county may select up to two Mark of Excellence Essay winners to be recognized. Up to 12 youth across the state in both the junior and senior levels in each project recognition area may be selected to participate in the State Awards program during 4-H Exploration Days in June, where the final selection and announcement of winners will take place. Contact the county Extension office for additional information.
Leadership Washington Focus is for youth entering grades 7-9
Leadership Washington Focus (LWF) is a 4-H leadership program for youth entering grades 7 through 9. The program will take place at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center, just one mile from the Washington, D.C. border. For more than 50 years, thousands of 4-H'ers have participated in the high school program, Citizenship Washington Focus, and now LWF is introduced for middle school 4-Hers. Middle school 4-H delegates will:
  • Build confidence in their ability to motivate and direct others in meaningful action
  • Practice effective communication with other through group discussion and public speaking
  • Work with others to create and accomplish goals
  • Develop an understanding of their own personal leadership styles
  • Exchange ideas, practice respect, and form friendships with other 4-Hers from across the nation
  • Experience hands-on learning using the historical backdrop of Washington, D.C.
Tuition costs for Leadership Washington Focus is $582.00 (inclusive of tax). Tuition includes:
  • One free chaperone for every 16 delegates when signed contract and 25% deposit received by December 1, 2014
  • Lodging at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center for the duration of the program
  • All meals during the program
  • All site visits during the program
  • Transportation during the program (this does not include travel to or from the Center)
  • Souvenir pack including LWF bag, LWF t-shirt, and LWF water bottle
Led by a team of program assistants, delegates will learn by doing and leave LWF with the experiences, tools and connections to be leaders in their communities today.
LWF 2015 Dates:
Week 1: June 15-19
Week 2: June 22-26
Week 3: July 6-10
Week 4: July 13-17


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