Friday, September 28, 2018

Marquette County 4-H Club Information 2018-19

Marquette County 4-H Clubs


Top Questions About 4-H
1. What is 4-H?
4-H is a volunteer educational organization for boys and girls aged 5 to 19 years old. 4-H is open to all regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status. 
2. Why do kids like 4-H?
Because it’s fun! Kids have the opportunity to belong to a special club of their own, that meets their own interests. They learn while enjoying themselves with friends at meetings, social activities, tours, and fairs.
3. Do I have to have an animal to join?
Absolutely not! You don’t even have to own an animal to join an animal club. A 4-H club can revolve around almost any interest at all! Kids learn, have fun, and participate in many different areas like photography and sewing. The sky is the limit!!
4. How can I join 4-H?
Just contact Liana Graves at the MSU Extension office at 906-475-5731 or 906-315-2663.

Marquette County 4-H Programs Areas
 History Projects: For example, the 5th H History 4-H Club created a diorama of Presque Isle and won a Best of Show ribbon at the County Fair.
Livestock: Busy Bees (Arnold), Hoof Tracks (Skandia), Stars and Stock (Sawyer), and Trailblazers (Marquette)4-H clubs all teach youth about raising livestock to show and sell at the county fair.
Babysitting: Youth ages 12 and up can learn the many details of babysitting including keeping records, nutrition, safety and getting certified in CPR, AED and First Aid.
Horses: Manes and Tails focuses on horseless projects including horse judging. They participate in many Breyer horse events. There will be a live horse short-term club this spring!
Homeschool: FAST 4-H Club is a homeschool group that meets twice per month during the school year. They offer many learning opportunities such as dissection, oceanography, leadership, outdoor adventure, and much more!
Community Clubs: Brainstormers (Wells Township) and Lake Superior (Marquette) 4-H Clubs allow the members of the clubs to vote on the units they learn about.
Fishing: Young Anglers 4-H Club is based at Sawyer and has plans to travel around the county this winter to find the best spots for ice fishing.
Mentoring: The new 4-H Tech Wizards program is our latest addition, providing opportunities for youth to work in small groups with adults on project they choose.
SPIN Clubs: SPIN stands for Special Interest . These clubs are short term groups that meet 6-8 times over a couple of months to learn a specific skill such as photography (Art of Teen Leadership Club), American Sign Language, Horses, Cupcakery, babysitting, and leadership. Any project can be a SPIN Club. These clubs are easy to run and are a small time commitment.
School Enrichment: We work with after school programs and schools to provide enrichment activities like the 4-H Chinese Children’s Art Exchange Program, science and team building.
 4-H Camps:  We offer Day Camps for Cloverbuds (5-8 yr. olds), and a Traditional 4-H Camp Program (9-13 yr. olds), with Archery, Arts & Crafts, High Ropes, Team Building and more! Let’s get outside and have fun!
Educational Travel:  Trips to various places in the Upper Peninsula, to MSU, to Atlanta, GA, Washington, D.C., and even other countries are available for 4-H youth ages 12 and older! The 4-H Council provides financial support for interested members.
Special Interest (SPIN) Clubs:  With a willing volunteer, any hobby or area of interest can become an opportunity for our local youth. Curriculum is available for just about anything. Adults, 21 and older, can work with a small group of youth, meeting just 6 times. This can be during school hours in your child’s classroom, after school, or on the weekends. Call the Extension Office to get started.

Marquette County 4-H Clubs            
5th H History 4-H Club— (Betsy Rutz)
Babysitters 4-H SPIN Club— (Liana Graves)
Brainstormers 4-H Club— (Carrie Hansen)
Exploration Days 4-H SPIN Club— (Liana Graves)
Hoof Tracks 4-H Club– (Susan Korpi/ Mary DeVooght)
Lake Superior 4-H Club— (Kim Frost,/ Michele Bentti)
Manes and Tails 4-H Club— (Tess Jezek/ Emma Jezek)
Moose on the Loose 4-H SPIN Club— (Andrea Caron/ Kristy Batchelor)
Stars and Stock 4-H Club— (Linda Talsma/ Shelby Talsma)
Superior Wildlife Explorers 4-H Club— (Sarah Himes)
Trailblazers 4-H Club— (Amy Goodwin)
Young Anglers Fishing 4-H Club— (Dale Throenle/ Craig Wilson)
New 4-H Clubs Coming Soon
Community Service 4-H Club— (Mary Welch)
American Sign Language 4-H Club— (Liana Graves)
4-H Tech Wizards Mentoring Program— (Desi Mims)

Additional information is available:
Marquette County MSU Extension
4-H Youth Program
184 U.S. Highway 41 East
Negaunee, MI  49866

Friday, September 21, 2018

Youth Pork Quality Assurance Information

Here are two documents that may be helpful to you if you are planning to show pig this coming year. 

Preventing Stress in Show Pigs

Keeping Show Animals Healthy at the Fair

Monday, July 30, 2018

Marquette County 4-H Ice Cream Booth 2018

Below is the link to the ice cream booth sign-up for the Marquette County Fair! Please email me the day/ time you would like to help! I will update it regularly, but the sooner you email me at the more likely you are to get the time you really want.
Those who attended Exploration Days, CWF, National 4-H Congress, and 4-H Camp and asked to give 2 hours of their time as a thank you for scholarships to attend those wonderful programs! Parents are also welcome to join their young people in the booth. Many hands make light work. I know of quite a few young people who gave more than their fair share last year and it was noticed and greatly appreciated, but if everyone could give two hours, it would make it so a few young people won't have to give a lot more than two hours! Thank you all so much for your help!

Ice Cream Booth Sign-up Sheet

Monday, June 18, 2018

STEAM Corps and 4-H Tech Wizards Postion

Position Title: 4-H Tech Wizards Coordinator
Category: AmeriCorps Service Member
Host Site: Marquette County MSU Extension
Site Supervisor: Liana Graves
Stipend: $13,732 (pre-tax)
Education Award: $5,920 (pre-tax)
Position Type: Full-time, 1700 hours
Dates of Service: September 4, 2018- August 3, 2019

Role and Responsibility:
The Marquette County 4-H Tech Wizards Coordinator will be responsible for delivering the 4-H Tech Wizards small-group youth mentoring program to the area schools and community partners.
Tasks will include:
  • Matching 30 youth, in groups of three, to adult or peer mentors to meet regularly for a determined amount of time and work on science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) projects together
  • Monitoring, documenting, and supporting those matches over the term of service
  • Recruiting, screening, and training 20 volunteers to serve as mentors, to provide guest programming, or to otherwise support 4-H Tech Wizards sites
  • Build relationships with school officials in order to recruit interested youth to the program
  • Conduc6ting interviews with youth participants and potential volunteers
  • Hosting quarterly family engagement nights
  • Collecting data and submitting reports to Site Supervisor and to the 4-H STEAM Corps Program Manager
Minimum Qualifications
  • At least 18 years of age
  • U.S. Citizen, U.S. national or lawful permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Pass the following checks: State of Michigan, DHHS Central Registry Clearance, FBI Fingerprinting, and State & National Sex Offender Registry
Preferred Skills
  • Experience working with diverse (multiple ages, ethnicities, religions, etc.) populations
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Passion for science, technology, engineering, art and/or math (STEAM)
  • Knowledge of youth development, volunteer recruitment and management
  • Outgoing, confident, flexible, adaptable
Work Environment
The position required driving as a regular part of the position, carrying educational materials, equipment, etc. up to 25 pounds

Members will receive a living allowance of $13,732 to be distributed bi-monthly at a rate of $624.18 (pre-tax) throughout their service term as well as student loan forbearance for qualified loans. Upon successful completion of service, an education award in the amount of $5,920 will be issued. Members will serve 40 hours/ week.

All interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to Liana Graves at by 11:59pm on July 6th. Position contingent upon funding from the Michigan Community Service Commission.

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer, committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. 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. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodations.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Second Annual Marquette County 4-H Livestock Workshop

The Second Annual Marquette County 4-H Livestock Workshop
Please click here to access the registration form.
We have Melissa Elischer, coming from campus to provide expertise!
Friday, June 8th at 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
 at the Marquette County Fairgrounds
Youth who want to learn more about raising and showing livestock AND their parents are welcome!
This program is sponsored by the Marquette County 4-H Council and is free of charge to current 4-H Members.
$20.00 for non-members.
 Dinner and t-shirts will be provided.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Monday, March 5, 2018

2018 4-H Exploration Days

Discover, learn and grow

Registration Books and Forms are now available online (see "Forms" below).  They are also available at the MSU Extension office. Please read the information below carefully so you don't miss anything.

 About 4-H Exploration Days
More than 2,500 students and adult chaperons will be on the Michigan State University campus June 20-22 for the 49th annual 4-H Exploration Days. This program is open to 4-H Youth AND non-4-H Youth. Non-members will be invited to enroll in 4-H as part of the registration process. Participants stay in residence halls and attend sessions in their areas of interest such as veterinary medicine, Web design, performing arts, how to start their own business, organic farming, and many more. 214 hands-on classroom and field trip sessions are offered this year. Participants from Marquette County must have turned 12 years old by January 1, 2018 in order to participate in the event. The Marquette County Delegation will leave on Tuesday, June 19th for this event.

 Cost and Scholarship Information

Option #1
Option #2
Option #3
Option #4
Current 4-H Members
New and Returning 4-H Members
Full cost with no scholarships
Cost with $40 State 4-H Scholarship applied
Cost with $115 Marquette County 4-H Council Scholarship applied
Cost with $40 State 4-H Scholarship AND $115 Marquette County 4-H Council Scholarship applied

The options above show the cost for youth to participate in the event. The costs include a $165.00 Exploration Days Registration Fee, a $25.00 early arrival fee, a $70.00 bus fee, and (for youth not currently enrolled in 4-H) a $20.00 Participation Fee. In addition to these fees, participants are also responsible for 3 meals while traveling to and from East Lansing. Some sessions also require that participants pay a "session fee". See registration booklet for more info (these session fees are due along with any balance at the orientation meeting in May).

The Marquette County 4-H Council and the State 4-H Office provide financial assistance to support the participation of Marquette County youth in this event. Youth must complete scholarship applications in order to receive financial assistance.

Marquette County 4-H Council Scholarship
The Marquette County 4-H Council will provide $115.00 scholarships to youth who complete a Marquette County 4-H Council - Exploration Days Scholarship Application Form showing ten hours of community service through any means over the past year. The form must be received by the Marquette County MSU Extension office by April 13, 2018 in order for youth to get this scholarship.

State 4-H Scholarship
Each year the State 4-H office awards each county a limited number of Exploration Days Scholarships. These $40 scholarships are to support participation of financially limited youths who would otherwise not attend and to encourage and support youth who have not participated in Exploration Days in the past. If you are new to Exploration Days, please fill out an application. If you have multiple children attending, please fill out an application. These forms are due April 13th, as well.

Registration Instructions and Deadlines
Please note: All participants MUST include 8 session choices on their registration form. You will not be registered unless your form has all 8 session choice lines completed and the $80 registration fee is paid ($100 if you have not yet paid your participation fee). Please make your checks out to MSU. Please be sure to include an email address on your registration form as well. Email is how you will be receiving information about the program.

** Sessions are assigned in the order that registrations are received, so early registration is highly encouraged! **

The deadline for registration is April 25th. Scholarship applications are due April 13, 2018. 

Orientation Information 

Orientation Meetings

Mark your calendar and save the date!  ALL youth participants and a parent, are required to attend one of these meetings.  I also ask that the chaperons and CCAs attend at least one of these meetings. 

mandatory Exploration Days Orientation meeting will be held at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, May 29th.  This meeting will be a shorter version of the orientation meeting for individuals who have attended Exploration Days in the past. A mandatory Exploration Days orientation meeting will be held at 5:30 pm on Thursday, May 31st. This is the standard orientation meeting, for youth who have not yet been to Exploration Days. Location of both meetings will be determined at a later date. Please put this on your calendars now.

Identification Portfolios

with a current photo will be needed for each youth and adult participant. These sheets will help county conference assistants (CCAs) and chaperones put names and faces together, put all pertinent information in one place and assist with identification and tracking if someone is missing. I encourage you to fill this information out now and submit it with your photo when you hand in your registration forms. You can have both the form and photo ready to hand in at the Orientation Meeting in June as well.





For More Information about 4-H Exploration Days please go to The Michigan 4-H Web Page