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March 10, 2015   
County 4-H Announcements

Macomb County 4-H Deadline Extended: Enroll/Reenroll by April 1 to be Eligible for Fair
The Macomb County 2014-15 4-H reenrollment deadline has been extended to April 1. If you haven't done so yet, please enroll/reenroll online at https://mi.4honline.com. New and returning members now have until Wednesday, April 1, 2015 to enroll and be eligible to show projects under 4-H at the 2015 Armada Fair. Online enrollment instructions are in the 4-H Online Family Guide. Those who need assistance or are without internet access should contact Macomb County MSU Extension at 586-469-6431 or macomb.4h@macombgov.org.

State 4-H participation fees must be received at the county Extension office for enrollments to be considered complete. Please do not pay in more than one club and/or county. Members should only pay the $10 per youth State 4-H participation fee once each year, in the county where their primary club is located. Cash or check payments should be given to your club leader or to the county MSU Extension office. 

Administrative leaders, please monitor your club records online to make sure that your members and volunteers are enrolled appropriately. You should have received an email with your club password and instructions. If you didn't get a password, contact Macomb County MSU Extension.


Interested in Rocketry? Sign up for Aerospace

If you are interested in taking Model Rocketry in Macomb County this year, be sure to add Macomb Clown Arounds 4-H Club and the aerospace project to your 4-H Online record.


 Bell Leaves Macomb County MSU Extension 



Dequindre Bell, 4-H Mentoring Program Coordinator, has received an opportunity to work for an organization in Ann Arbor that helps girls in the community become first generation college students. Her last day with us was March 9th. We wish her well!

Youth PQA Training

Swine project members, save the date! A Youth Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) training will be held on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, from 6 -7 p.m. at Grange Hall on the Armada Fairgrounds. Plan to attend this educational session to gain PQA certification.



4-H Family Fun Night

Come one, come all, have some fun, have a ball! On March 12th, 2015 the Macomb County 4-H Council is hosting a "4-H Fun Night" consisting of board games, refreshments, and socialization between the different Macomb County Clubs.  4-H members of all ages and their families are welcome, and even friends that are not in 4-H are encouraged to tag along.  This will be a great experience to meet new people, talk to the Council, and have some fun! Preceding the Fun Night at 6 p.m., there will be a short Macomb County 4-H Youth Council meeting starting at 5:45 p.m. for individuals who would like to sit in on or participate in and have their voice heard.  The event will be held at Camp Rotary in Ray Township, and is predicted to end around 8 p.m., but of course, if needed, people may leave early. Hope to see you there!


Time: 5:45 p.m.-8 p.m. (if attending council meeting) or 6p.m.-8 p.m.

Location: Camp Rotary Activities Building, 20505 29 Mile Road, Ray Township, MI 48096 (29 Mile Road just east of Wolcott Road). R.S.V.P. online at http://goo.gl/l9Fa4L.


Submitted by Karalee Jerse, 4-H Youth Council President

Macomb County 

4-H Staff

Richard Wooten

Interim District 11 Coordinator


Kea Norrell-Aitch

Extension Educator


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



(586) 469-6431


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Plant Science on the Road

Plant Science On the Road will be held at Macomb County MSU Extension's new Thompson Center location, 11370 Hupp, Warren, from 10 a.m.-noon on May 2, 2015. Participants will:

  • Learn more about 4-H plant science projects
  • Learn how 4-H plant science enhances common core curriculum
  • Cloverbud activities (5-8 year olds)
  • Soil  science activities
  • Learn about available resources
  • Learn about plant and soil sciences careers

The cost for this workshop is $10 per person. Participants will each receive an activity kit with materials to use with their clubs/groups. Please register at http://msue.anr.msu.edu/events . Qusetions? Contact Macomb County MSU Extension at 586-469-6431 or Macomb.4h@macombgov.org.


4-H Horse Program Committee to Meet 4th Mondays

The Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Committee will meet the 4th Monday of each month through June. Meetings are at Camp Rotary and will start at 6:30 p.m. on March 23, April 27, May 25, and 

June 22.


4-H Horse Show Participants: Enroll and Register with the 4-H Horse Program 

Youth planning to participate in the Macomb County 4-H Horse Shows must be registered with Macomb County 4-H by the enrollment deadline and with the Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Committee by May 1st. See your club leader or a Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Committee member for more information.


Macomb County 4-H Horse Show Dates

The Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Committee hosts three point shows for saddle or light horses, one a double judge show in the spring and three mini/draft shows. All shows are held at Camp Rotary, part of Wolcott Mill Metropark, located on 29 Mile Raod, east of Romeo Plank.


May 23, 2015 -  Lights at Camp Rotary

June 6, 2015 - Minis/Drafts at Camp Rotary

Jun 13, 2015 -  Minis/Drafts at Camp Rotary

June 20, 2015 - Lights at Camp Rotary - Double Judge

June 27, 2015 - Lights at Camp Rotary

July 11, 2015 - Minis/Drafts at Camp Rotary

June 30, 2015  - State Mandatory Qualifier Meeting at Camp Rotary

August 1, 2015 -  Fun Show at Camp Rotary

August 7-9, 2015 - Lights State 4-H at MSU

August 22, 2015 - Minis State 4-H at MSU

August 17-23, 2015 - Armada Fair


Horse Show Ad Book Information is Online

The 2015 Macomb County 4-H Horse Show ad book fundraiser information is now online at http://msue.macombgov.org/?q=MSUE-4H-Programs-Animals-Horses:


Donation to 4-H Youth Council to  Benefit Countywide 4-H Programs
Thanks to Macomb County 4-H volunteers Michelle and Rod Porter, the General Motors Foundation's Dollars for Doers program has donated $600 to the Macomb County 4-H Youth Council. As employees of GM who performed 50+ hours of volunteer service to 4-H during the last year, the Porters were eligible to apply. The money will be used by the Council to support 4-H youth programs countywide.

Apply Now for Armada Fair Junior Superintendent Positions

The Armada Fair Board invites 4-H youth to become 2015 Armada Fair Junior Superintendents.  Please see the attached form for more information.  The Board is looking for youthful, dedicated volunteers in SEVERAL areas. If anyone needs community service hours, this could fill the bill. Call 586-784-5488 for more information


Submitted by Mary Straubel, Armada Fair Office Supervisor

Miss Armada Fair Candidates Wanted

Young ladies ages 17-24 who live in the Armada Area School District are invited to apply to be the next Miss Armada. An application is online at http://armadafair.org. Completed applications are due to the Armada Fair Office or to the Armada High School Office by March 13, 2015.


Submitted by Mary Straubel, Armada Fair Office Supervisor


Club Lambs & Boar Withers for Sale

FOR SALE: Club lambs and boar withers, bloodline is Wheaton and Slacks. If interested call Al 

at 586-222-9720.


GBF Club Lamb Sale
GBF Club Lamb Sale is coming soon! The barn open house is March 29th from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 1934 S. Wilson, Boyne City. For more information, contact  David Beek or Kenny Cregg at  231-622-1137 or 231-330-5232.

Exploration Days Registration Begins March 17th

4-H Exploration Days is June 24-26, 2015 at Michigan State University in East Lansing. The event is open to 4-H members and non-members who are ages 11-19 as of January 1, 2015. Check out this year's session offerings online.


Registration booklets are now available online or at Macomb County MSU Extension. Sessions for this annual pre-college youth event fill quickly, so plan to register early. 


The $165 fee includes meals (Wednesday lunch through Friday lunch), lodging, event activities and a t-shirt. Non-members pay an additional $10 participation fee. An $80 deposit ($90 for non-members) is due upon enrollment. Some sessions have additional fees. A limited number of partial scholarships are available through MSU Extension and the Macomb County 4-H Youth Council.

Contact Macomb County MSU Extension at 586-469-6431 or macomb.4h@macombgov.org for more information.


Students Producing Awesome Robust Communities (SPARC)

Did you know tourism is Michigan's 2nd largest industry? Are you interested in developing creative ideas that could become a booming business venture, attracting new customers and tourist to your community? Join other like-minded students (college and high school) for a high energy day to learn how to grow your idea so you can sell the Next Big Thing.  Get ready to create some S.P.A.R.C. in Flint on Saturday, April 18, 2015 , from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Genesee County Michigan State University Extension, 605 N. Saginaw, Suite 1-A, Flint, MI 48502. For more information and to register: http://events.anr.msu.edu/SPARC/



Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel and Macomb County Director of Health & Community Services Steve Gold, along with Macomb County officials and supporters, celebrated the opening of the Thompson Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony on March 6.


New Macomb County resource center in Warren to house MSU Extension 

Macomb County opened a new resource center last week which will house programs that will be of benefit to local families. The family resource center will offer valuable programs for the Macomb County Health Department, Macomb County Community Services Agency and Macomb County MSU Extension. It will be located at the Max Thompson Community Center at 11370 Hupp, at the corner of Hupp and Marmon in Warren. The Max Thompson Community Center, originally Max Thompson Elementary School, has been vacant for several years. In 2014, Van Dyke Public Schools agreed to lease 9,400 square feet of the facility to Macomb County Health & Community Services to house its programs.


"This co-location of services created a family resource center that allows one-stop shopping for a broad array of social support services, health services and educational programs and services," said Macomb County Health & Services Director Steve Gold. The Health & Community Services agencies have additional locations to serve residents in other parts of Macomb County:


Health Department:

Southeast Health Center, 25401 Harper Avenue, St. Clair Shores, (586) 466-6800

Southwest Health Center, 27690 Van Dyke Avenue, Warren, (586) 465-8090


Community Services Agency:

North Action Center, 30375 Clark Street, New Haven, (586) 749-5146

Central Action Center, 16 Market Street, Mount Clemens, (586) 469-6964


MSU Extension

VerKuilen Building, 21885 Dunham Road, Suite 12, Clinton Township, (586) 469-5180


Macomb County 4-H staff members relocated to the Thompson Center location are Kea Norrell-Aitch, 4-H Educator, and Elizabeth Duran, 4-H Program Coordinator. The two will also maintain office hours at the Clinton Township office. Their contact information will remain the same.



Striber-McVicar VFW Post in Romeo Seeks Volunteers

Are you looking for a community service opportunity? The Striber-McVicar V.F.W. Post #2052 in Romeo is in need of volunteers for its Ladies' Auxiliary's St. Patrick's Day fundraiser dinner this Sunday, March 15 from 3:30-7 p.m. Adult and youth volunteers will be serving food, cleaning tables and cleaning up after the event. Dinner will be provided to volunteers. Contact Maureen Burns at 586-354-5007 for more information.


Volunteer at Tomlinson Arboretum in Clinton Township

The Friends of Tomlinson Arboretum welcomes volunteers who are willing to continue to create and develop the Tomlinson Arboretum in Clinton Township, an arboretum emphasizing native Michigan trees, shrubs, and wildflowers as a place to enjoy, learn, and grow. Long-term initiatives include the construction of a gazebo and observation decks. Short-term objectives include planting and caring for the trees, bushes, and flowers in the East and West Arboretum, as well as systematically removing invasive species that threaten the long-term viability of its native species.


The Arboretum's annual Spring Spruce-Up will be held on Saturday, May 2 beginning at 10 a.m. at the 18 Mile Road dead-end cul-de-sac West Entrance just east of Garfield Road. 4-H members and volunteers are invited to join with others to help clean up the Arboretum (raking out the mulch around each planting, and adding new mulch as needed) and spreading mulch out in several new gardens surrounding our recently planted hemlocks, cedars, aspens, and river birches. 


Members are also invited to attend the Tomlinson Arboretum's first public educational seminar on Saturday, April 18 from 10:30 a.m.-noon at the Clinton Township Civic Center board room. Martha Holzheuer, Landscape Ecologist from Environmental Consulting Technologies, will be the guest speaker. Her subject will be Partnerships & Prairies: Caring for the Wildflowers and Wildlife at the Tomlinson Arboretum. Following the presentation, a guided tour of the 24 acre Tomlinson Arboretum site will be conducted for all interested attendees. For more information, call 586-723-8092.


Informational Session on Proposal 1 to be Held in Macomb County March 23rd

The May 5 ballot proposal may only be asking if the state constitution should be amended, but it is raising plenty of questions for citizens. Michigan State University Extension (MSUE), in partnership with the Macomb County Board of Commissioners, the MSUE Leadership Council and Macomb Area Communities for Regional Opportunities (MACRO) have organized two informational sessions to provide an unbiased overview of the ballot proposal and answer the many questions citizens have about it. The presentation will be held on Monday, March 23 from 1-3:15 p.m. at the Shelby Township Board Room, 

51670 Van Dyke Ave., Shelby Township; and from 6-8:15 p.m. at the Clinton-Macomb Library, 40900 Romeo Plank, Clinton Township.


The program will include an overview of the proposal, in-depth discussion by representatives from the Citizens Research Council and SEMCOG. A facilitated question and answer session will follow. To pre-register or for more information about these programs, please call MSU Extension at 586-469-6440.


Upcoming 4-H Dog Events

Canine All-Stars Dog Show: The Canine All-Stars Dog Show is Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Dog Zone Training Center, 51400 County Line Road, New Baltimore. Registration is from 9-9:30 a.m. Classes start at 9:45 a.m. Rally, agility, obedience and showmanship classes are offered for beginner through elite levels. Pre-register by April 10, 2015 and pay $7 for the first class plus $4 for each additional class with the same dog. Pay the day of the match and pay $8 for the first class plus $5 for each additional class with the same dog. Contact Terry Harrison at k9allstars@yahoo.com for more information.


4-H Agility Trail: The Canine All-Stars 4-H Club is holding a 4-H Agility Trial on March 28, 2015 at Dog Zone, 51400 County Line Road, New Baltimore. Registration times vary by level. Pre-register by March 20, 2015 and pay $7 for the first class and $4 for each additional class with the same dog. Afterward, pay $8 for the first class and $5 for each additional class with the same dog. For more information, contact Terry Harrison at k9allstars@yahoo.com.


County 4-H Calendar

March 9

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

March 11

Environmental & Outdoor Education Workshop

Tollgate Education Center, Novi

arch 12

4-H Youth Food Preservation: Preserving Jams & Jellies

6-8:30 p.m., Macomb County MSU Extension, Clinton Township


March 12

4-H Youth Council Meeting & Family Fun Night

5:45 p.m., Camp Rotary, Ray Township


March 17

4-H Exploration Days registration opens, 9 a.m.


March 18

Build Your Future - Train the Trainer

4-9 p.m., Oakland County


March 23

Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Committee Meeting

6:30 p.m., Camp Rotary, Ray Township 


March 28-29

4-H Regional Archery Training

Adams Butzel Recreation Center, Detroit


April 1

Enrollment deadline for new and returning Macomb County 4-H members planning to show 4-H projects at the 2015 Armada Fair. Enroll online at https://mi.4honline.com


April 13

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


April 18

Students Producing Awesome Robust Communities (SPARC)

10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Genesee County MSU Extension, Flint


May 1

Last day for 4-H horse project members planning to show at the Macomb County 4-H horse point shows to register with the Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Committee


May 1

4-H Horse Show Ad Book sales due to macomb4hads@att.net




Statewide 4-H Calendar of Events

4-H Workshops 


April 24-25

Michigan 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Certification Workshop 

Kettunen Center, Tustin

Other 4-H Events

April 11-16

National 4-H Conference  

Washington, DC


April 17

State 4-H Horse Communications Contest

Contact Taylor Fabus 

Anthony Hall, MSU, East Lansing


April 17-18

4-H Equine Educational Expo 

MSU, East Lansing


April 18

Small Animals Day

Contact Carla McLachlan 

MSU Pavilion, East Lansing


April 25

4-H Horse Pattern O Rama Warm Up Show

Contact Taylor Fabus 

MSU Pavilion, East Lansing


State 4-H Goat Expo  

Anthony Hall, MSU, East Lansing


May 6-8

2015 Michigan Envirothon State Competition  

Fort Custer, Augusta


May 16

Michigan 4-H State Poultry Show (formerly 4-H Poultry Palooza)  

Eaton County Fairgrounds, Charlotte


May 30-31

Michigan 4-H Companion Animal Camp  

Camp Tuhsmeheta, Greenville



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