Thursday, September 9, 2010

Marquette County 4-H Awards Program

2010 Marquette County 4-H Awards Program forms are available to download!

The Awards Program and Banquet will be held:
November 7, 2010
1:00 pm
Negaunee Township Hall
42 State Highway M35
Negaunee, MI 49866

Individual Awards
As in past years, 4-H youth members need to fill out the Individual Awards Information Sheet.  Each enrolled 4-H member is eligible for a year pin and a project pin.  The same project pin and/or award cannot be received two years in a row. Cloverbuds will receive a year badge and certificate.  

Leadership, Citizenship, and Achievement Awards
Youth ages 12 – 19 (4-H age determined by age of child on 1/1/2010) are also eligible for Leadership, Citizenship, and Achievement Awards.  Youth must fill out a cover sheet for these awards and write an essay.

Volunteer and Community 4-H Awards
Also, be sure to make nominations for Volunteer & Community 4-H Awards.  Youth, leaders, volunteers and parents are encouraged to fill out a nomination sheet.  This is your opportunity to recognize the outstanding contributions and efforts that others make to 4-H!

Forms are due to the Marquette County MSU Extension office before Friday, October 8th, 2010.  Only those who submit completed forms by the October 8th deadline will be considered for awards. 

Download the Forms
4-H Club Leaders can provide you with printed copies of the awards forms or you may download and print the forms yourself by clicking on the following links:

Awards Handbook
The Awards Handbook provides more information on the awards process and eligibility for all awards.  If you have questions about the awards, please contact your club leader or the MSU Extension office.  Download the Marquette County 4-H Awards Handbook

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Upcoming Kettunen Center 4-H Workshops!

Are your looking to take your 4-H project to the next level? Want to meet other 4-H members and leaders from across Michigan who share your interests? Attend a workshop at the Kettunen Center this year!

The Kettunen Center is a full-service conference and retreat facility, owned and operated by the Michigan 4-H Foundation. It is located outside Tustin, Michigan, just 20 minutes south of Cadillac.  

Michigan 4-H Youth Development annually offers a variety of adult and teen training events at Kettunen Center.  These events range from content- and subject matter-specific workshops to youth development and leadership development-focused sessions. These events are designed to build skills and knowledge of adults and teens who volunteer or work with young people in non-formal educational settings. The learning lab events are designed to provide young people with hands-on developmental or subject matter experiences.

This year's workshop schedule:
4-H Clothing & Textiles Volunteer Workshop - October 16–17, 2010
4-H Goat Teen & Adult Volunteer Workshop - October 22–24, 2010
4-H Poultry Teen & Adult Volunteer Workshop - October 30–31, 2010
4-H Teen Horse Volunteer Leaders Conference - November 19–21, 2010
4-H Horse Show Judges & Managers Conference - January 7–9, 2011
4-H Teen Citizenship, Leadership & Service Conference - January 22–23, 2011
4-H Entrepreneurship Teen & Adult Volunteer Leader Workshop - February 12–13, 2011
4-H Veterinary Science Teen & Adult Volunteer Workshop - February 25–26, 2011
4-H Beef, Sheep & Swine Teen & Adult Volunteer Workshop - February 26–27, 2011
4-H Recreation Leadership & Camp Counselor Workshop - March 4–6, 2011
4-H Science Workshop - March 11–13, 2011
4-H Environmental & Outdoor Education, Plant Science & Entomology Workshop - March 18–20, 2011
4-H Healthy Living - April 1–3, 2011
4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Workshop - April 29–May 1, 2011

For a brief description of each of these workshops, please visit

For detailed descriptions, including costs, or to register for a workshop, please contact your local Michigan State University Extension office.

Marquette County Horse Club hosting "Haunted Hay Ride"

Marquette County Horse Club is hosting a "Haunted Hay Ride" to be held at the Mqt Co fairgrounds. The club is inviting all area youth, 4-H, boy scout groups etc.. to give them a hand putting this on by being "actors" or scary people, doing ticket sales, etc.and in turn, all the money made at the event will be split between the volunteering clubs. 

This is a great way for youth groups to do some fundraising and for everyone to have fun helping out with a community event.  If you or your 4-H Club are interested in participating in this event, or if you would like more information, please contact Andi Goriesky: or 906-942-7111.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

4-H Challenge Seekers

Challenge Seekers in Action!
$10,000 Grant!
4-H Clubs from Marquette and Alger County have been awarded $10,000 from a grant provided by Michigan State University 4-H Youth Development.  The Marquette Breakfast Rotary Club also has supported the club with a grant to support their programs.

The U.P. Challenge Seekers 4-H Club (Marquette County) and the Alger County Challenge Seekers 4-H Club will use the grant funding to purchase equipment to support their clubs projects and to provide outdoor adventure challenge opportunities to youth in the two counties.  The clubs plan on purchasing canoes, backpacking equipment, camping supplies, and trailers to use during future club outings.

Club Activities
The U.P. Challenge Seekers 4-H Club is open to youth ages 9-14, and focuses on outdoor and nature experiences, including hiking, rock climbing, camping, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, orienteering, and wilderness survival skills.

Membership Meeting:
The U.P. Challenge Seekers (Marquette County) is seeking new members, and will be hosting their 2010-2011 4-H Program Year "Kick-Off" Meeting on September 16. 2010, 6:00 - 8:00 pm at the NMU's PIEF Building.  Youth and adults volunteers interested in joining the club are welcome to attend!

At the September 16th meeting club leaders will discuss plans for the upcoming year and youth will have an opportunity to climb the rock wall. Youth interested in climbing the rock wall should wear stretchy clothing and closed-toed shoes. 

Monthly club meetings will be held at the NMU PIEF from 6:30 - 8:00 pm.  Meetings are scheduled for October 21, November 18, December 16, January 20, February 17, March 17, April 21, and May 19.  Dates for trips will be discussed at the September 16th meeting.

Trips and activities are planned by the 4-H Youth and held quarterly.  This year's trips include hiking a Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, an Ice Caves Hike, Kayaking, Camping at Harlow Lake Cabins, Winter Camping, and a Summer 2011 3-day U.P. backpacking adventure!

For more information about the club, please contact:
Kathy Wright - Club Co-Leader - (906-346-9668) 
Kim Frost - Club Co-Leader - (906-942-7911) 
Brian Wibby - 4-H Youth Development Educator (906-475-5731 or