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                                4-H Focus for
                             Western Wayne County
                                      Michigan State University Extension
                                                 Wayne County
                                               5454 Venoy Road
                                               Wayne, MI 48184
                                            Phone: (734) 727-7236

 4-H Leaders: Please copy for all 4-H families and distribute at your next meeting. Or notify
 4-H parents and youth that the 4-H Focus is available outside the 5454 Venoy Road office or
 on the Wayne County MSUE website (, click Offices/Staff, then Wayne
 County). 4-H parents and members can also get on an e-mail list for 4-H updates by sending
 an e-mail to and making sure e-mail is listed on member enrollment form.

Dear 4-H Members, Parents, and Leaders,

Happy March to everyone! I am hoping this month begins to bring us warmer, spring weather to enjoy.

In February, I got to attend to first meeting of the new 4-H dog club. It was great fun and I loved
witnessing the “Clicker-Hot and Cold” game!

March will bring a 4-H Officer Training for 4-H members. This is a great opportunity for current officers
to expand and enhance their skills. For clubs without officers in place, this might be a great chance for 4-H
members to attend and get an idea of how the leadership positions work within a club setting. From there,
your club can hold elections and begin to have the youth take over the leadership reins. 4-H clubs should
mostly be run BY the youth with the assistance and guidance of adults. This hands-on learning and
experience is the foundation of 4-H. If you need help, please let me know! I hope to see many 4-H members
(and leaders if they wish to learn, as well!) at the training.

Have a great month!


Laurie Rivetto
Extension Educator
Wayne County 4-H                                              I pledge:
                                                     My Head to Clearer Thinking
                                                      My Heart to Greater Loyalty
                                                      My Hands to Larger Service
                                                      My Health to Better Living
                                        For my Club, my Community, my Country, and my World

    MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. Michigan State University Extension programs
    and materials are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity,
    religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or
    veteran status.
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                               4-H Club Officer Training

Being a 4-H Club officer brings additional responsibility to a 4-H member. To help you be
prepared to take on those new challenges, Wayne County MSUE 4-H is offering a 4-H Club
Officer Training on Thursday, March 13th from 6:30pm-8pm. This training will cover the
basics of parliamentary procedure, the importance of leadership within the club, and the
roles and responsibilities of presidents/vice-presidents, treasurers, and secretaries. To
attend, please RSVP with Laurie Rivetto at or 734-727-7236. Please
state which breakout session (president/vice-president, treasurer, secretary) you plan to
attend at the time of your RSVP. Hope to see you there!

                                      Project FISH

There will be a Project FISH workshop on Campus during ANR Week. The dates are
March 4th and 5th in the infamous Polar Bear, room 183 Natural Resources. This is a two-
day workshop geared for 4-H educators/volunteers, teachers, natural resource educators,
sportsman and church groups, community recreation specialists, and anyone who is
interested in getting kids outdoors. Come see what Project FISH is all about and have a
little fun while doing it. Go to for registration

                        4-H Recreational Leadership Workshop

Are you interested in gaining leadership skills as a teen? If so, consider attend a state-
wide training being held April 12th and 13th, 2008. The 4-H Recreational Leadership
Workshop is being held at Cran-Hill Ranch in Rodney, Michigan. This is a training to
provide teens with the skills that teen leaders need to effectively work in groups and
assist teens in gaining the leadership skills they need to take the lead at camps, events
and meetings and provide them with the skills they need to build their Recreational
Leadership Tool Box.
The following sessions will be offered at this year's workshop:
First Aid and CPR Certification - 8 hour class/$25.00 session fee (limited space)
Outdoor Cooking
Band Aids and Boo Boo's
What's It really Like? Peer Mentoring for new Camp Counselors
Large Group Games
Activities for Getting to Know Your Campers
Outside the Cabin Door - Environmental Education
And More!
The Registration deadline is March 15th. We are suggesting early registration to ensure a
space for your county's delegation. For more information, contact Laurie Rivetto at 734-
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                4-H Days at Millbrook Tack and Trailer in Grand Rapids

Saturday, March 15th is 4-H Days at Millbrook Tack and Trailer in Grand Rapids. With a
4-H card, you can save on your purchases. They are also holding a complete show clinic
and having drawings for gift baskets, gift cards, and more. Call toll-free (800) 398-0201
for more information.

                    Wayne County Horse and Pony Annual Tack Sale

Come buy or sell new or used tack items on Sunday, March 2, 2008 from 11am-2pm at the
Wayne County Horse and Pony Annual Tack Sale. The event takes place at the Wayne
County Fairgrounds. It is open to everyone for only a $1 per person at the door. For more
information, contact Melissa Barnett at 734-751-1022.

             Searching for 4-H Science, Engineering & Technology Alumni

Are you a former 4-H'er working in pharmaceutical research, environmental science,
engineering, biological or chemical science, aerospace, technology, or plant and animal
science? National 4-H Council is looking for 4-H alumni to feature in an upcoming
promotion. Take a moment to fill out a short 10-minute survey! Visit
to access the survey and learn more about the 4-H Science, Engineering & Technology (4-
H SET) program.

                                 2008 Spring Swap Meet

Come sell or buy your farming equipment, products, small & large animals, and crops at the
Wayne County Fairgrounds- 10871 Quirk Rd Belleville, MI at the 2008 Spring Swap Meet.
Date: April 5th , 2008
Time: 6:00 am to 1:00 pm
Items for sale may include: Rabbits, birds and game, horses, chickens, pigs, cows, sheep,
goats, corn, tomatoes, vegetables, straw, garden supplies, tractors, trailers, collectables,
crafts, antiques, car items, and many more!
$2.00 Parking Fee ( Buyers Only)
$10.00 Sellers Fee ( Sellers Only)
For More Information, including Space Rental information contact:
Holly Sauers 734-642-6547 Or
Tiffney Tripp 734-642-6341

                          Venoy 4-H Children’s Garden Meeting

Plans are being made to create a 4-H Children’s Garden on the grounds of the Wayne
County Extension Satellite Office location at 5454 Venoy Road. Interested in being
involved in the planning and work? We would love to have you! The garden should serve as
a great educational tool for clubs, families, and schools. The next planning meeting is
Tuesday, March 11th at 5454 Venoy Road in Wayne, MI at 6:30pm. For more information,
contact Kristine Hahn, Consumer Horticulture Educator, at 734-727-7234.
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  Congrats to the following 4-H Clubs for turning in their 4-H Re-Enrollment Paperwork (by
  the January 31st deadline:
  Furry Friends 4-H Club
  Superstock 4-H Club

  The Sugar Plum 4-H club would like to give a shout out to Jacob and Kyle Tripp for their
  job well done at the State 4-H rabbit show on January 26th. Kyle had gone for the first
  time ever to show guinea pigs and brought home a Best of Breed silky sow and then a first
  place for his Tortoiseshell/White Boar American. Jacob brought home a Best of Variety
  Medal for his Blue Eye White Mini Rex Doe. Congrats to you both!

  Amanda Pressly, a Senior 4-H Ambassador, assisted at and attended the 4-H Mentor
  Recognition Event on January 26th. She did a fantastic job creating centerpieces for the
  tables and also passed out programs for the 125+ guests. Thanks Amanda!

                                                            Amanda Pressly, 4-H
                                                            Ambassador, and Laurie
                                                            Rivetto, 4-H Educator, at the
                                                            Wayne County 4-H Mentor
                                                            Recognition Event

                                  Wayne County Horse and Pony News

March 2nd (Sunday) from 11am - 2pm- WCHP 4-H Tack Sale
March 18th- WCHP meeting at 7pm, all forms are due

Questions on WCHP, contact a WCHP officer, check out or attend the
next meeting!

                                   4-H Livestock Developmental News

Possession dates for livestock animals are as follows:
Steer: March 1, 2008
Swine, Sheep, Goat: May 3, 2008
All tagging will be done at youth exhibitor’s property.

There will be a protégé meeting on May 6 right before the Livestock meeting.
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                                     Wayne County Fairground News

2008 Wayne County Fair dates have been announced: August 4-9, 2008!

Upcoming Benefit/Fundraising Dinners for the Wayne County Fairgrounds:

March 15th- Irish Dinner at 6:30pm
March 22nd- Pancake Breakfast at 10am, Easter Egg Hunt to follow
April 19th- Spaghetti Dinner at 6:30pm

For more information on any of these events, please call the Wayne County Fairgrounds at 734-697-
7002. Also, check out the Wayne County Fairgrounds website at
Information on many events and activities at the Fairgrounds can be found at the site.

  Kettunen Center Workshops/Trainings for Teen and Adult Leaders

            Date                Workshop or Conference Title

            March 15-16         *Family Science 2008
            April 11-13         +2008 4-H Dairy Conference
            April 19-20         *4-H Companion Animal Workshop
            April 25-27         *4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Training

  4-H Family Science Weekend: Jump Into Food, Fitness & Family Fun!
  March 15–16, 2008
  Jump into a Family Science Weekend that has you striving to reach the top of the pyramids! Not
  the Egyptian pyramids – the healthy food and fitness pyramids. This workshop will get your family
  moooving into motion and giving high fives for health! Kids and their families will power up with
  nutrition activities to learn more about healthy decisions and choices. This workshop is very hands-
  on and encourages family togetherness. Designed for and open to families with children aged 5 to
  Michigan 4-H Dairy Conference, April 11–13, 2008 – Kellogg Biological Station
  If you'd like to know more about the dairy industry, sign up to attend this conference. You'll learn
  about dairy management topics including dairy cattle nutrition, health, reproduction and cattle
  evaluation. Practice for state dairy management contests such as the skillathon and quiz bowls that
  will focus on dairy cattle nutrition. You'll also tour area farms. Open to youth aged 13 to 19 as of
  January 1, 2008.
  4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Workshop, April 18–20, 2008 – Kettunen Center
  This workshop offers a variety of training sessions including riflery, shotgun, archery, hunting and
  wildlife. Completing the course does NOT guarantee that participants will be certified; they must
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  demonstrate proficiency on written and range assessments at the workshop, then complete a
  paperwork (including approval by county staff) before they obtain certification. Join us and see all
  that the 4-H shooting sports program has to offer! Shooting sports instructors seeking
  recertification in a discipline should fill out a recertification application. You do not need to retake
  the training unless you've been inactive for more than 3 years. Open to new and veteran adult
  volunteers and youth aged 16 and up.
  4-H Companion Animal Workshop, April 26–27, 2008 – Kettunen Center
  Share, learn and explore the 4-H companion animal project at this workshop. You'll share
  information about activities, club and group development, and learn canine behavior and training
  along with skill development for performance events such as agility, obedience, showmanship, rally
  and freestyle. You can also choose cat, pet bird and other sessions that will enhance your 4-H
  companion animal experience. Open to adults and youth aged 12 and up.

                                           Structured 4-H Meeting

Club meetings should really be divided into three primary sections: group building, group decisions,
and program or activity time.

       Group Building includes recreational and social activities. Strive to have 15 to 20 minutes of
        group-building time in a typical meeting. It may occur at the beginning of a meeting as a
        gathering activity or mixer, or at the end of the meeting as a recreational activity.
       Group Decisions focuses on the business portion of the meeting. During this time members
        should be actively involved in discussing club plans, presenting committee reports, making
        motions and voting. Consider using active methods of voting. For example, all members in
        favor of a motion could move to the left side of the room, while those opposed move to the
        right side of the room. Allow 15 to 20 minutes for this component of the meeting.
       Program or Activity Time is the portion of the club meeting when new knowledge or skills
        are offered. It can take 40 to 60 minutes. Examples of programs include hosting a guest
        speaker; having a resource person, project leader or 4-H members lead a hands-on project
        learning activity; conducting a community service activity; and having member presentations.

These descriptions and times are guides for the planning process. Each club meeting is unique, so
don’t hesitate to adapt the model to make your meetings positive learning experiences for your club
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