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Successful Small Animal Association Open House!

The Small Animal Association had a successful Open House on March 23rd! A scavenger hunt, stickers, pizza, a perfect event for families!

Special shout out to Maggie Humphrey for over seeing the event and thank you to all the volunteers and 4-H'ers who presented on their projects!

Williams Farm Machinery's Eaton County 4-H Campaign!

Williams Farm Machinery will donate $20.00 to MSU Extension Eaton County 4-H for every Stihl gasoline powered hand held outdoor power equipment sold during the month of April!

By purchasing your Stihl outdoor power equipment during the month of April, you too can help support MSU Extension Eaton County 4-H!

Thank you Williams Farm Machinery!

2023-2024 Program Enrollment Reminder

Enrollment is OPEN! Go to 4-H Online for the 2023-2024 program year!

  • For now on, we will be exclusively using the 2023-2024 email lists from 4-H Online (or Volunteer Central for volunteers).

New Volunteers: 

Are you considering volunteering as a Gold or Silver level volunteer? Apply online at:

Note - You MUST complete a full Gold Level Volunteer screening on Volunteer Central before you can be approved on 4-H Online. This includes an in-person interview with the 4-H Program Coordinator and references.

Enroll in 4-H Online by May 1st to be eligible to exhibit at fair as a 4-Her!

Do you know of any youth interested in exhibiting at the 2024 Eaton County Fair as a 4-H member? Encourage them to sign up in 4-H Online by May 1st! If you are interested in joining a specific club, please note that some clubs have earlier enrollment deadlines - please be in touch with your club administrative leader first!

Potential members and families can find our community club directory, the link to enroll in 4-H Online, and help tutorials for 4-H Online on our website at:

Benefits to enrolling earlier includes getting updates, a vote at meetings, a newsletter and taking advantage of all the information, resources and programs for the entire year.

4-H Program Contact Information

  • 4-H Program Coordinator: Zaire Parrotte - - 517-543-4420
  • 4-H Online enrollment questions: Please reach call the Extension office at 517-543-2310 or
  • Newsletter additions: Zaire Parrotte
  • You can also reach out to Roxanne Turner, District 8 supervisor (including Eaton), at or 517-546-3950.

Upcoming County 4-H Announcements, Events and Activities

Junior Livestock Association Buyers Workshop

Kardel Hall, Eaton County Fairgrounds, 1025 S Cochran Ave, Charlotte, MI 48813

April 8th at 7:00 pm

If you are interested in selling in the JLA/SAA Eaton County Sale this year at the 2024 Eaton County Fair, come to the JLA Buyers Workshop! This event will include buyer appreciations, thank you letters, showmanship etiquette and prep and more!

Small Animal Association Buyers Workshop

MSU Extension Office - PMR

May 2nd at 8:00 pm

If you are interested in selling in the JLA/SAA Eaton County Sale this year at the 2024 Eaton County Fair, come to the SAA Buyers Workshop! It will be hosted at the MSU Extension Office basement in the PMR (public meeting room). It will start after the general meeting ends at 8pm.

4-H Pre-Fair Dog Fun Match

May 18, 2024

Eaton County 4-H dog project leaders and members extend a HEARTY WELCOME to Michigan 4-H Dog Project members and leaders and invite you to join us for a day of showing and fun being hosted by: Eaton County 4-H Dog Committee.

Pre-registration is preferred. Please return forms by Sunday, April 29, 2024. Registration will be from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Exhibitors planning to show in the intermediate agility class need to register as early as possible. The show will begin at 9 a.m. with intermediate agility.  

Extension Office Hours

The Extension office is open generally from 8am - 5pm and closed from noon to 1pm, Monday through Friday.

We may be closed occasionally due to the availability of staff. Please be patient with us if we are closed on short notice! You are always welcome to call the office to check hours prior to making the trip. Our phone number is 517-543-2310.

Save the Date - Upcoming County Meetings and Buyer Workshops

Jr Livestock Association: Monday April 8th at 7pm, Kardel Hall, Eaton County Fairgrounds

  • Buyer's Workshop
  • Open to all youth and volunteers in the beef, dairy beef/feeders, sheep, and swine project areas.

4-H Council: Monday May 6th at 7pm, in the PMR

  • Open to all regardless of project area! Every club is encouraged to send at least 1 volunteer and 1 youth to every Council meeting.

Small Animal Association: Thursday May 2nd at 7pm, in the PMR

  • Buyer's Workshop
  • Open to all youth and volunteers in the poultry, rabbit/cavy, and goat project areas

Horse Development Committee: Wednesday May 15th at 6:30pm, in the PMR

  • Open to all youth and volunteers in the horse project area
  • This meeting will include a discussion on promoting an educational horse workshop in June
Statewide 4-H Events

Interested in attending a state or national 4-H workshop, camp, or other event? Don't forget - Eaton County 4-H has scholarships available to help cover the cost of the events! For more information about scholarships, check out the 4-H Council Event Scholarship Instruction and Form or contact 4-H staff.


MSU Campus - June 19-21, 2024

Join Michigan 4-H for a pre-college summer program geared towards youth 12-19 years old. Exploration Days takes place June 19-21, 2024 on the campus of Michigan State University.

This unique program allows youth to explore careers, meet new people, stay on a college campus, and learn new ideas. Registration opens from March 25, 2024 at 7:00pm until April 19th at 5pm.

More information can be found on and by contacting your county 4-H office. Check out these sessions offered this year!

We look forward to you joining us and growing this summer with 4-H!

*It cost $220 for youth and $130 for adults to register including a $50 registration fee - use coupon code: 24eaton50 to cover the initial $50 registration fee. The Eaton County 4-H Program is offering to pay for 50% of youth's registration cost and 100% of a limited number of adults. For adults interested in registering and being Chaperones, please email: for more details. 4-H Council also has scholarships available. Please check their requirements before applying.

Michigan 4-H presents Show Your Money Smarts Contest


Join Michigan 4-H for a fun contest leading up to National Financial Literacy Month in April. Expand your knowledge and compete with other youth across Michigan to earn prizes in money management challenges.

Show Your Money Smarts Contest (13-19 years old)

Learn how to keep your money safe in this year's sixth annual online contest. Compete with other youth across the state of Michigan in this 30-question online challenge during the month of April and win prizes. High scoring youth will be entered into a prize drawing to win a $50 gift card. Start developing good financial habits at a young age and learn how to choose a financial institution that works for you! Learn more at

Michigan 4-H International Exchange Program

"Open your Home and Heart, become a host family today, create memories that will never fade away!"

Host a Japanese youth in Summer 2024 through States’ 4-H International!

Invite an international youth (ages 12-17 years) or adult chaperone into your home for three and a half weeks and share an American experience. Expand your family’s cultural understanding, learn about new foods and customs, and possibly a new language all while sharing your own. You and your children will build lifelong friendships and will gain new perspectives on your own country too! Applications to host can be found at


For more information contact : Michigan 4-H International Exchange Program Coordinator Jan Brinn or Co-Coordinator John Wurm

4-H Animal and Veterinary Science Camp

Michigan 4-H Animal and Veterinary Science Camp is for youth who are interested in exploring animal and veterinary science related projects and activities. Participants must be ages 13 to 17 as of January 1 of the current programming year.

The Michigan 4-H Animal and Veterinary Science Camp is a pre-college program held at Michigan State University (MSU) in partnership with MI 4-H Youth Development, MSU Department of Animal Science and MSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Youth explore fields and careers relating to animal science and veterinary medicine, visit MSU farms and facilities, and participate in numerous hands-on learning activities.

You can find an information packet all about this year’s 4-H Animal and Veterinary Science Camp on our website:

Registration will open on that same website on April 1st at noon.

4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources Camp Registration is Now Open!

Not Your Ordinary Summer Camp – 4-H Great Lakes & Natural Resources Camp Combines Fun with Science Literacy

4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources Camp is an annual three-time national award-winning camp that mixes summer camp fun and hands-on science education. The camp will be held July 28-August 3, 2024 on the northern shores of Lake Huron at Camp Chickagami in Presque Isle. This Michigan State University (MSU) pre-college program is for teens aged 13 to 15 or those who’ll enter eighth through tenth grade in the fall. The registration fee is $500 and includes meals, snacks, lodging, a T-shirt, and program and activity costs.

Space is limited to 70 campers so register for a wonderful experience this summer! For more information and to register for the camp, visit:

During this enriching Michigan State University Extension educational program, campers will increase their science literacy and stewardship as they learn from natural resource experts in fields such as Great Lakes coastal and fisheries management, limnology, wildlife, forestry, geography, geology and environmental education. The hands-on learning includes exciting natural resources recreation activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, sailing, fossil hunting, archery, photography, and evenings around a campfire. Not only does the camp get kids outside enjoying nature and learning to be good environmental stewards, the sessions incorporate four of the five Michigan Department of Education science curriculum standards in earth science and three of the five standards in biology. Campers also have fun and make friends with people from different backgrounds and areas.

Following their involvement, campers are eligible for nomination to apply for a $2,000 MSU Pre-College Scholarship based on criteria such as attitude, behavior and active participation. The scholarship is applied toward each recipient’s first year at MSU as a degree-seeking student.

4-H Alumni & Supporters Walking Challenge

May 5th - June 1st

Starting May 5th, MSU Extension will host another 4-H Alumni & Supporters Walking Challenge, where participants will track their miles walked and compete for a top spot in the contest!

Each week, top contestants will win a 4-H swag prize and the county who logs the most miles throughout the whole challenge will earn a $100 cash prize for their county 4-H program! Random weekly winners will also be chosen amongst registered participants who have actively engaged in the contest during the previous week. 

Please register at:

March 3-May 4: JOANN 4-H Campaign

Stores across Michigan

While visiting your local JOANN store, you can support 4-H by adding a donation or rounding up at checkout. The funds donated will support the 4-H program with 50% going back to local 4-H programming and 10% supporting Michigan 4-H.


About the Youth Area: Visit the Ingham County 4-H Youth Area for hands-on activities and to observe live insects and reptiles! Activities include nature-based crafts, MI wildlife identification games, and more! Youth under age 12 get in for free!

Interested in volunteering in the youth area? Contact Rachel at or (517) 676-7300

Great Lakes 4-H Camp: Be a Camp Counselor!

July 28th - August 3rd

Great Lakes and Natural Resources camp is looking for youth counselors for camp week! Camp runs July 28th through August 3rd this year and there is a counselor orientation on July 26th and 27th. This is a great opportunity for youth ages 16-20 looking to get some leadership experience in a fun, fast-paced camp setting! Counselors attend camp for FREE!

Please reach out to Laura at with any questions.

2024 Michigan 4-H and FFA Horse Judging Contest

MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education

April 13, 2024

Registration is now open for the 2024 Michigan 4-H and FFA Horse Judging State Contest!

The contest will be held on April 13th and start promptly at 9am at the MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education.


Register here at:

4-H Youth in Action Awards Applications Open!

Apply now for the 2025 4-H Youth in Action Awards! Each year, the program recognizes four confident young leaders with diverse backgrounds and unique perspectives in the pillar areas of agriculture, civic engagement, healthy living and STEM.

Winners will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share their stories along with unforgettable experiences, celebration on the national stage, recognition in the media and a $5,000 college scholarship.

This opportunity is open to youth ages 15-19. The deadline to apply is April 1. Learn more and apply at

Registration for a brand new 4-H dairy program is live!

Join us on MSU's campus on Saturday, April 20th, 2024, for an educational event for any 4-H youth ages 12-19 as of January 1st, 2024, or 4-H volunteers who are interested in dairy science!

This day program will cover multiple topics about dairy health. Participants will select two of the three sessions. Lunch and t-shirts are provided! Participants will also participate in a GooseChase scavenger hunt! The cost is $35 per participant.

Registration spots are limited to 60 spaces! Click the link below to get registered!”


Registration Link: 4-H Dairy Health Day - 4-H Dairy Cattle Production & Management (

4-H True Leaders in Equity Institute

For the first time, Michigan 4-H is offering full scholarships and providing airfare for up to three Michigan 4-H members and one adult volunteer to participate in the 4-H True Leaders in Equity Institute (TLEI), schedule for July 7-11, 2024 in Bethesda, Maryland. 

Please complete the Michigan 4-H TLEI Flyer and Scholarship Application Form with your youth members and leaders if interested in participating. The deadline to submit a scholarship application is April 15. 

Groups of youth who would like to participate in the Institute as a team of 2 or 3 teens are encouraged to apply for the scholarship together. 

These scholarships are sponsored through a generous grant from the Michigan 4-H Foundation

About the True Leaders in Equity Institute

The 4-H True Leaders in Equity Institute is a training program for passionate youth ages 14-19 to learn about equity and inclusion and how it affects their communities. This training and leadership opportunity challenges participants to ideate and champion equity-related projects that will grow 4-H in their communities. At the institute, youth/adult-led teams will explore their unique views on equity and inclusion and, as a team, they will develop plans to spark innovative solutions to create more welcoming and inclusive environments in their communities. Participants receive access to seed funding to help implement their plans in their communities following their participation in the TLEI.

If you, 4-H members, or volunteers have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Brian Wibby - 906-251-1417 or email him at

Sheep Clinic

This is a great opportunity to bring their sheep skills to the next level with hands on training focused on their lamb.

For more information, check out this link:

4-H Military Events

MOMC Virtual Challenge Registration Open!

April 7-20,2024

ATTEN-TION! The Michigan 4-H Month of the Military Child Virtual Challenge returns April 7-20, 2024! Youth ages 5-19 complete life skills missions to learn more about military life, celebrate military children, and earn points for prizes using the GooseChase app.

Participants do not need to be in 4-H or have any previous military knowledge or connection to play. The first 50 registrants will receive a free 4-H Build-a-Boat Activity Kit to use in the challenge.

To learn more and register, visit or contact Kate King

MSU Extension Events & Programs

April 10: Adulting 101 Series - Cover Letter and Resume Writing


By attending this workshop, you can start or improve a resume or cover letter. Gain tips and tricks and be ready to apply for that opportunity!

April 22: Michigan 4-H Volunteer Webinar - Working with Cloverbuds


Come attend this session to learn and share techniques for working with Cloverbuds (ages 5-7) and project ideas that work well with this age group. This session will be offered twice, once as a daytime option and once as an evening option.

12 p.m. session:

7 p.m. session:

April 27-28: 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Workshop

Charlevoix Rod and Gun Club, Charlevoix

Learn about Mich. 4-H Shooting Sports mission, policy, risk management and safety, discipline-specific equipment use and care, how to teach shooting fundamentals to youth, range set-up and more. Registration deadline: April 4.

May 8: 4-H and FFA State Meats Judging Contest

East Lansing

Watch the Detroit Tigers take on the Kansas City Royals with other 4-H’ers! Michigan 4-H will be the Group Charity of the Game; discounted tickets available with a portion benefitting 4-H.

Get your tickets for Michigan 4-H Day with the Detroit Tigers!

Join Michigan 4-H and MSU Extension for a fun day at Comerica Park to watch the Detroit Tigers take on the Kansas City Royals on Sunday, April 28.

Michigan 4-H will be honored as the Group Charity of the Game. To celebrate, 4-H youth, volunteers, staff, and their families will enjoy a discounted ticket to the game. A portion of every ticket sold on this link will be donated back to Michigan 4-H. Make sure to wear your favorite 4-H gear and support 4-H while enjoying a fun day with the 4-H community.

New this year, Michigan 4-H guests will receive:

  • A dual-branded Michigan 4-H and Detroit Tigers hat. Hats are redeemable on gameday in section 332.
  • An exclusive pregame on-field opportunity. Timing and logistics of this opportunity will be released within a month of the game date.

Only tickets purchased through the Michigan 4-H link are eligible for these exclusive opportunities. This year, tickets will be available in a variety of locations throughout the stadium, with prices ranging from $27 - $59. Learn more at

For the most up-to-date events listing, go to

4-H Club Best Practices

This section will feature a different topic each newsletter highlighting best practices for 4-H clubs. Everyone, youth 4-Hers, adult volunteers, and families, can contribute toward making their club the best and following best practices!

Office roles and responsibilities

Michigan State University Extension 4-H Youth Development offers teens an opportunity to develop leadership skills while preparing them for using these skills as adults. Club officer positions provide an opportunity to practice real leadership roles that impact the success of a group. The following describes the four essential officer positions their responsibilities and supporting materials to help officers be successful.


The president of a club presides over meetings, builds the meeting agenda, assures that the meeting runs in an orderly manner and strives to make sure all members’ opinions are heard. If committees are needed, presidents appoint committee members. Since the president is responsible for creating the meeting agenda, it is important they are familiar with the order of business. A typical meeting agenda would consist of:

  • Call to order
  • Pledges
  • Roll call
  • Secretary’s report
  • Treasurer’s report
  • Old business
  • New business
  • Announcements/leaders report
  • Adjournment

Vice president

Vice presidents fill in for the president and presides over the meeting if the president is absent, therefore, the vice president must understand the roles and responsibilities of the president listed above. Additional responsibilities to consider giving the vice president includes following-up with any committees to make sure they stay on task, having them responsible for the learning portion of the meeting and serve in the role of introducing presenters or guests.


The secretary records all of the business of the meeting and a record of each member’s attendance. Secretaries provide a report at each meeting by presenting the minutes from the previous meeting. This can be done by providing a handout or by reading the minutes aloud, and must be approved by the entire group. Once minutes are approved, they become the official record of the business that was conducted at the meeting. Secretaries should record full minutes as soon as possible after the conclusion of the meeting so that the discussion is fresh in their mind. Keep all meeting minutes in one safe place so they can be referenced as needed.


Treasurers are responsible for keeping track of and reporting the income and expenses for the club. Treasurers are responsible for writing checks for expenses, making any deposits into the club account, balancing the club check book, and preparing and reporting a treasurer’s report to the 4-H club. A treasury report must include previous balance from the last report, a summary of income and expenses since the last meeting. The treasurer should be prepared to answer specific questions regarding income, expenses and current balance. Managing Money Wisely is a full financial manual for 4-H treasurers.

For more information regarding roles and responsibilities of officers in clubs Michigan State University has excellent resources to assist each of the officers as well as a publication “Helping You Help Officers and Committees,” which assists volunteers in supporting officers in their roles.

Adapted from "Officer roles and responsibilities in a 4-H club" by Janelle Stewart. Find more about this article at:

Eaton County Fair
The following information is related to the Eaton County Fair. While The Eaton County Fair is not a MSU Extension, 4-H sponsored event, this information is of interest to many in our 4-H community. Please contact the Eaton County Fair directly for any fair related questions. Contact information can be found on their website at

Fair Board Meetings

Fair board holds public meetings on the third Monday of the month.

The next public fair board meeting is Monday, April 15th, at 7pm at Kardel Hall.

Eaton County Fair Events

Night at the Fair: Annual Fundraiser Dinner

Join us for an evening filled with great food, prizes, drinks with friends!

March 16, 2024 - Kardel Hall, Eaton County Fairgrounds

Doors open at 6pm.

Dinner service at 7pm.

Bucket raffle drawing at 8pm.

Dinner provided by Swede's Restaurant & Catering.

Cash bar provided by Charlotte VFW Post.

Buy your tickets online now!

Dinner Ticket: $25

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Zaire Parrotte (Pronouns: she, her, hers) | Eaton County 4-H Program Coordinator | Eaton County MSU Extension

517-543-4420 |

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