2022 Spring VANTAGE
Published May 18, 2022
The VANTAGE newsletter is published for members of the Michigan 4-H Foundation. The 2022 spring edition of VANTAGE features an Apple Community Education Initiative, a 4-H estate gift, Dr. Norm Lownds' retirement and other program updates.
MSU Extension launches 4-H Clovers CODE, an Apple Community Education Initiative, in southeast Michigan
The 4-H Clovers CODE (Creating Opportunities Designed for Everyone) program is for youth interested in exploring coding and creative arts through technology in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.
Chapin returns as director of Michigan State University Extension children and youth initiatives
MSU Extension announced the appointment of Julie Chapin, Ph.D., as director of the MSU Extension Children and Youth Institute (CYI), the unit focused on programming for those from birth to age 19, including Michigan 4-H.
Midland County 4-H volunteer elected 4-H Foundation trustee
Midland County 4-H volunteer Ervin Currie II, of Midland, was elected to the Michigan 4-H Foundation board of trustees at its April board meeting.
Estate gift creates lasting 4-H legacy; grows endowment
An estate gift from long-time 4-H supporters and alumni George and Deanna House will grow the Founders Fund.
Twenty-one Michigan 4-H’ers enjoy the 100th National 4-H Congress
Youth from 11 counties traveled to Atlanta, Georgia for the 2021 five-day leadership conference.
New youth joins foundation board of trustees
Alger County 4-H member Kennedy DeFrancesco, of Munising, was elected to the Michigan 4-H Foundation board of trustees at its January board meeting.
4-H Children’s Gardens curator "Dr. Norm" to retire June 30
Norm Lownds, Ph.D., known as “Dr. Norm,” curator of the Michigan 4-H Children’s Gardens since 1997 will retire June 30.
Outstanding 4-H volunteers recognized with MFB 4-H Excellence in Agriculture Awards
Two outstanding Michigan 4-H volunteers were honored with 2021-22 Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) 4-H Excellence in Agriculture Awards Feb. 19 at MFB’s Growing Together Conference in Grand Rapids.
Suzanne Threadgould grows endowment for Ingham County 4-H
In 2016, Suzanne Threadgould created an endowment in honor of her husband’s life and career with Michigan 4-H. Recently, she made an IRA charitable required minimum distribution gift to grow the fund, increasing the impact for generations to come.
Twenty-four Michigan 4-H volunteers honored for 50 years of service by Michigan State University Extension
As individuals and organizations across the country celebrate National Volunteer Week this April 17-23, Michigan State University Extension is celebrating 24 volunteers who have given 50 or more years of service to Michigan 4-H.
2022 Michigan 4-H Mark of Excellence award winners announced
Mark of Excellence essays portray learning experiences of 4-H members.
LaVanway receives 2022 CANR Staff Service Award
MSU Extension’s Leah LaVanway to receive 2022 CANR Staff Service Award.
CANR honors 2022 cohort of Global Scholars in Extension
CANR announces a new cohort of five new global scholars representing MSU Extension.
Cows, courses and careers: Animal Science Career Quest introduces youth to the many educational and career paths that exist in animal science
Animal Science Career Quest is a joint program of Michigan 4-H and the MSU Department of Animal Science. The event introduced youth ages 12-19 to the many animal science programs available at MSU and where those educational efforts could take them.