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OCTOBER 2023 NEWSLETTER
ANNOUNCEMENTS                                             
WELCOME TO THE 2023-2024 4-H YEAR!
 
Enrollment for the new 4-H Year opens October 1st, 2023
 
Enrollment will be completed online through https://4h.zsuite.org/
Returning Youth Members and Volunteers will re-enroll through their existing ZSuite account and select your projects and clubs for the new 4-H Year. 
 
Need help enrolling?
Check out our 2023-2024 Project and Club Selection Guides to assist you!
 
Gallatin County 4-H Membership Policy: Annual membership enrollment begins Oct. 1 and ends March 1st. Re-enrolling members and Volunteers should be enrolled by Oct. 31st. Starting November 1, a per month late fee will be added to the enrollment fee. Some Clubs and Projects have enrollment caps and may close prior to March 1st. Enrollment fees are to be paid annually, plus non-refundable per project materials fees. 
National 4-H Week is October 1-7, 2023
 
Gallatin County 4-H Window Display Contest
Take advantage of this important week to highlight the remarkable 4‑H youth in your communities and showcase the incredible experiences that 4‑H offers young people. Clubs, projects or individuals can participate. 
 
2023 Theme: "I ❤️ 4-H"
Show off all the reasons you love 4-H!
 
Send an email to gallatin4h@montana.edu with a photo and location of your public 4-H display to be considered for the contest! Prize money will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place displays!! Prize money will be allocated to the club/project of your choice. 
We are excited to announce that we will have some brand new projects offered for the 2023-2024 4-H Year!
 
Robotics Project

Join the Robotics Project and learn electronics, mechanics, and coding! We’ll explore the fundamentals of robotics and the industrial design process to create robots of our own. No experience or skills required, and all levels of knowledge are welcome! If you are interested in this project, please enroll through your Zsuite profile in October! The introductory meeting will be on Thursday, October 19th from 6:30pm-8:30pm in the MSU Norm Asbjornson Hall on campus.

 

Questions? Contact new leader Joey Knappenberger at: joey.knappenberger@gmail.com 

 

 

Cat Project

Join the Cat Project and learn more about one of our most common household pets! Explore all kinds of things about cats - from nutrition to showing - and learn the basics about care and companionship. If you are interested in this project, please enroll through your Zsuite profile in October! 

 

Questions? Contact new leader Julie Oghigian at montviewlabs@yahoo.com

We are excited to announce that we will have some new Volunteers leading Projects and Clubs for the 2023-2024 4-H Year! 

 

Returning Projects that have NEW Leaders for 2023-2024 Year:

  • Baking (Erin Neil & Katie Taylor)
  • Cake Decorating (Lacey Norstrand)
  • Cooking (Stephanie Lively is back!)
  • Horseless Horse (Sarah Capp)
  • Working Ranch Horse (Dave Casto)
  • Rabbit (Monica Samson)
  • Photography (Tamara Knappenberger)
  • Teen Leadership/Ambassadors (Molly Yurdana - 4-H Agent)
  • Vet Science (Holley Woosley Vennes & Monika Johnson)
 
Clubs that have NEW Leaders for 2023-2024 Year:
  • Shining Mountaineers (Laura Andren)
 
Interested in joining one of these projects? Sign up ASAP to not miss out on any welcome/orientation meetings or communications!
Montana 4-H Fall Leadership Training
 
October 20- October 22, 2023 in Billings
 
The 2023-24 State 4-H Ambassador Officer Team has planned a fun filled, action packed weekend of leadership training. ANY 4-H Teen interested in furthering their leadership skills and ability to impact their club and community are welcome! This is a great time to connect with those friends you may have met at 4-H Congress or meet new people from around Montana. 

Youth participants must be 14 on or before October 1 to attend.
Registration cost is $180, includes lodging (2 to a room), meals Saturday and Sunday Breakfast and program costs.

Those participants interested in attending need to register using ZSuite. Registration closes October 9th! 

 
4-H Agent Molly will be chaperoning the Gallatin 4-H members!
 
4-H Teen Leadership Opportunities
 

Teens, have you ever wanted to be a county teen leader, serve on a county-wide committee, or be a camp counselor? If so, check out the exciting opportunities for the upcoming 2023-2024 4-H Year below:

 

All applications are linked to our website here: http://gallatin.msuextension.org/4hforms.html

 

Teen Leader/Ambassador Application:

  • **NEW Leader & NEW program structure this year! Join 4-H Extension Agent Molly in the Teen Leadership project this year!
  • Are you 13 years old or older? Are you interested in developing your leadership skills and exploring leadership roles? Do you want to help younger members in the County? Do you like to plan and put on events and attend retreats? 
  • Teens that participate in the Teen Leadership Project for the 2023-2024 4-H Year will also serve as County Ambassadors. Please complete the Teen Leader application and submit it to the office by November 1st

 

Youth Committee Member Application:

  • Youth Representatives are a great asset to 4-H Committees and bring the perspective of an active 4-H member.
  • Gallatin 4-H Committees are: Unlimited Leaders Council (ULC), Foundation, and Market Livestock. Each Committee allows 2 youth to be voting members on their committee each year.
  • A youth representative must be 14 years or older on October 1 of the 4-H year.
  • Once your application is submitted, you will schedule a brief interview with Molly (Extension Agent). If selected, you will then attend the committee’s meeting to be voted on as a new member.
  • Applications are due to the office by November 1st.

 

Camp Counselor Application:

  • Our last 4-H Summer Camp was a blast, so join us for our next one! 2024 Camp dates are 08/10/2024 – 08/14/2024 at Yellowstone Alliance Adventures (YAA).
  • To apply to be a Camp Counselor, you must be at least 13 years or older as of Oct. 1st. Please fill out the attached Camp Counselor application and submit to the office by November 1st.
  • We are planning to kick off the Camp Counselor project meetings in November! Once your application is submitted, you will be required to complete a brief interview with the Camp Directors. Tiffany Togstad, Amy Juliano and Molly Yurdana (4-H Agent) will be the Camp Directors for the 2023-2024 4-H Camp!
Earn Money for your 4-H Project or Club
 

We have the AMAZING opportunity to continue to work MSU Concessions and this has become a GREAT way to fundraise money for 4-H club/project activities! Please see the link below for the Fall Fundraising concessions events at MSU! We frequently commit to events throughout the year as they arise and update the SignUp Genius accordingly.

 

Fall Fundraising Events: 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084da9a92aabfe3-fall1#/

 

During the 2022-2023 4-H Year, 4-H Clubs/Projects earned over $23,000 total working at MSU Concession events!! If club/project members sign up for a game as a group, your club/project will get ALL the tips and profits from that game. If multiple projects/clubs sign up for the same game, then the tips and profits will be split between the groups. So, we highly encourage you to gather up your members, pick a game/event that your club/project will work as one group to maximize the amount of money you will earn!

 

Depending on the game, the day/time/hours will vary and depending on our concessions stand location, the number of people we will need per game will vary. We will need a combination of youths (minimum age of 11 with parent accompaniment) and adults.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Shelly McPhee (ksmcphee0315@gmail.com or 406-595-4774).

2023 Big Sky Country State Fair Photos

 

Each year McFarland Productions is hired by the Gallatin County Fairgrounds to take pictures of all the exciting events that happen during the Big Sky Country State Fair. They always do an incredible job capturing our 4-H/FFA youth members and shows. 

 

Check out their 2023 Public Gallery - click on the "4-H/FFA" tab at the top of the gallery page here: 

 

https://mcfarlandproductions.passgallery.com/publicgallerybigskycountrystatefair2023/gallery

New 4-H Family Info Night
 
Interested in joining 4-H, but need more information? Join us at our New 4-H Family Info Night on Monday, October 16th at 6pm at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds in Exhibit Building #4!
 
We will provide information on the basics of our county 4-H program, enrollment process, requirements, member opportunities, answer any questions you may have and give away some fun door prizes!

 

Meet Your Gallatin 4-H Staff
(pictured left to right: Colyn Wiening, Kari Ballenger, Molly Yurdana)
 
Molly Yurdana: 4-H Extension Agent (molly.yurdana@montana.edu
  • Molly joined Gallatin Extension in 2020 initally as an intern, then transitioned to become the 4-H Agent in 2022! She functions as the bridge between MSU Extension, the State 4-H office and our county 4-H program. She oversees and facilitates trainings and coordinates events such as County Contests, Animal Quality Assurance, the Big Sky Country State Fair and Awards Night. Come say hi to Molly the next time you're in the office!
Colyn Wiening: 4-H Program Assistant (gallatin4h@montana.edu)
  • Colyn joined Gallatin Extension in 2021. She provides support to the 4-H programs and families, and handles all 4-H finances. Colyn can answer questions on enrollment, club/projects, upcoming trainings and fundraisers. Come say hi to Colyn when paying your enrollment fees this year!
Kari Ballenger: Administrative Assistant (gallatin@montana.edu)
  • Kari joined Gallatin Extension in 2020. She is at the front desk in our office and provides assistance to all Gallatin County MSU Extension events and programs. Come say hi to Kari when you pick up your new 4-H curriculum books!
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Never miss important updates from the Gallatin County 4-H Office! 
 
Download the BAND app today and search "Gallatin County 4-H" subscribe to join our group. Meetings, fundraisers and deadlines can all be found here! 
 
You must opt-in, we will not add you and can choose to opt-out at a later date if needed. 
CALENDAR                                                             back to top 
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LOOKING AHEAD:
 
The 4-H Year at a Glance - NEW 2023-2024 4-H Yearly Calendar HERE
 

 

OCTOBER 1  End-of-Year Award Celebration (see post above)

 

OCTOBER 1  2023-2024 4-H Year Enrollment OPENS

 

OCTOBER 1-7  National 4-H Week (see Window Display Contest post above)

 

OCTOBER 3   ULC Meeting

 

OCTOBER 7   4-H Information Booth @ Bozeman Winter Farmers Market 

 

OCTOBER 9   Montana 4-H Teen Fall Leadership Training Registration CLOSES

 

OCTOBER 14  MSU Concessions Football Game Fundraiser (see post above)

 

OCTOBER 16  New 4-H Family Info Night

 

OCTOBER 20-22  Montana 4-H Teen Fall Leadership Training (Billings) (see post above)

 

OCTOBER 23  Newsletter Blurbs DUE

 

OCTOBER 31  Returning 4-H members AND volunteers SHOULD be re-enrolled

 

 

See other October Committee, Club and Project updates in sections below.

 

 

NOVEMBER 1  Youth Leadership Applications DUE to Office (Camp Counselor, Teen

                          Leadership/Ambassador, Youth Committee Member)

 

NOVEMBER 4  MSU Concessions Football Game Fundraiser (see post above)

 

NOVEMEBER 11 MSU Concessions Football Game Fundraiser (see post above)

 

COMMITTEES                                                      back to top
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ULC (Unlimited Leaders Council)
 

ULC meets the first Tuesday of every month, with our next meeting on

October 3rd at 6pm at the Extension Office.

 

The committee had their final meeting of the 2022-2023 4-H Year on September 5th and recapped a lot of info from the previous year and discussed upcoming events as well.  There was a lot of ground to cover due to the August meeting not being held.

 

The meeting started by recapping recent events that had happened.  State congress had been held and it is worth noting that 1/2 of the Gallatin County attendees also participated in contests and 2 Gallatin County youth qualified to attend National 4-H Congress in November.  We recapped the stats from the livestock sale and are excited that the sale set another record for volume, closing out at approx. $1.4 Million in sales with add-ons.  The final numbers for the 4-H fair concession resulted in Gallatin County 4-H bringing in $9,975.00.  4-H Camp was attended by 66 campers and 25 counselors and the reviews from attendees are that this year’s camp was a lot of medieval fun.  4-H is continuing to grow in our county as indicated by the number of families that expressed interest in the program at the Manhattan Potato Festival in August.  With new interest in 4-H comes a renewed need for volunteers.  If you are able to help in any capacity, please reach out to the extension office about what it takes to become a 4-H volunteer.

 

ULC discussed the upcoming National 4-H week and the availability of prize money for participants.  Also discussed was the upcoming Open House/New Family Information Night on October 16th at 6:00 pm and countywide CPR training coming up in November.

 

WE ARE LOOKING FOR NEW COMMITTEE MEMBERS FOR THE 2023-2024 YEAR!

 
Current Committee: Aaron Pruitt, Kelly Pavlik, Toni Berger, Tamara Knappenberger, Monika Johnson, and Molly Yurdana. Youth Members: Needed!
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MARKET LIVESTOCK COMMITTEE
 
Our next meeting will be Tuesday, October 10th at 6pm at the Extension Office. 
 
The 2023 Big Sky Country State Fair was a HUGE success. The 2023 Market Livestock TAB publication was in the Bozeman Chronicle on August 12th and Belgrade News on August 17th.  
 
View/Download the digital copy HERE
or if you would like a hard copy, there are approx. 100 copies available at the office. 
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GALLATIN 4-H FOUNDATION, INC.
 
The next Gallatin 4-H Foundation meeting will be held in October, date TBD. This committee fundraises for higher education scholarships and new clubs and projects. 
CLUBS                                                            back to top
Bozeman Area Clubs
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Dag Nabids Club

 

Meetings take place the second Monday of each month in the MSU Animal Bioscience Building on campus at 6:00pm. 

 

Questions, please call or text:

Belinda Nash 406-570-5585 or

Monika Johnson 406-579-3211

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Hyalite Hawks Club

 

Contact leader for meeting dates, times and locations.

 

For any questions, please contact

Jen Wold: jenmariewold@hotmail.com

406-209-7408

 

Four Corners/Gallatin Gateway Area Clubs
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Gateway Challengers Club

 

Meetings take place the second Monday of each month at the Gallatin Gateway Community Center (145 Mill St., Gateway) from 6:30- 8:00 p.m.

 

The Gateway Challengers 4-H Club met for their final meeting of the 2022-2023 4-H year on Monday, September 11. We started off with a green-themed potluck for our meal, and then we reviewed our 4-H year and the 2023 fair, as well as gave out rewards for club expectations and attendance. We also thanked all the parents who volunteered in special ways this past club year.

 

We will meet on Monday, October 9, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Gallatin Gateway Community Center for our first meeting of the new 4-H year, and we will be electing officers. If you have been a member of our club for at least one year, you can run for one of our offices: president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, reporter, and historian. Please remember to enroll/re-enroll for 4-H beginning on October 1!

 

Our club serves kids of all ages (5-18 years old) in the Gallatin Gateway/Four Corners area, and we explore 4-H as a whole experience through club activities, record keeping, parliamentary procedure, and club fellowship. We don’t work on one specific project, but you may find others who are working towards the same goals as you! This club is co-led by Jessica Black and Morgan Stuart. 

 

For any questions, please contact

Jessica Black

theblacksmail@gmail.com

406-539-0940

Belgrade Area Clubs
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Belgrade Pioneers Club
 
Meetings take place on the first Thursday of each month at 6:00pm at WB Ranch in Belgrade.
 

The Belgrade Pioneers met on Thursday, September 7th. Our theme was Pizza Party, and we had a great time! We got to eat pizza and chat with our friends. After that, we had a business meeting and decided on merch, which we will be ordering soon, and a window display. The meeting was short and we got to spend the rest of the time playing games. It was a fun party to round out the 2022-2023 4-H year!

 

Our October meeting will be on Thursday, October 5th, at 6 pm, at the WB Ranch Arena. Our theme for October will be potstickers and Asian food!

 

Do you want more information? Please contact Shelly McPhee at ksmcphee@charter.com or 406-595-4774.

 

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Pass Creek Club

 

Meetings take place on the first Sunday of each month at 4:00pm at Springhill Church.

 

For any questions, please contact Cassie Smieja: smiejahay@latmt.com

406-539-3833

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Saddle Mountain Club

 

Contact leader for meeting dates, times and locations. 

 

For any questions, please contact

Jess Woodring:

reininginmt05@gmail.com

406-580-6707

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Saddle Stars Club

 

Club meetings take place the second Monday of each month, at 6:00 pm at the Bridge Church in Belgrade. 

 

Contact our club leader, Tamara Knappenberger for more information.

 

Email: Saddlestars4h@gmail.com 

Facebook: @SaddleStars4H

Website: https://saddlestars4hclub.webs.com

Tamara: tkknappenberger@yahoo.com   (307) 214-8336 

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Shining Mountaineers Club

 

Meetings take place on the first Monday of each month from 6:00-8:00pm at the River Rock Nazarene Church. 

 

Last month we did officer nominations, Laura Andren was introduced as the new Club Leader as Patrick Marble is stepping down and moving to Wyoming. Shining Mountaineers will meet on Monday, October 2nd at 6pm and we will elect officers for the year! 

 

For any questions, please contact leader Laura Andren: laura.andren81@gmail.com 

Manhattan Area Clubs
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Dry Creek Teens Club

 

Do you have a 4-Her that attends 7th – 12th grade and live in proximity to Manhattan?

 

Join us at the Dry Creek 4-H Club’s first meeting on October 16th beginning at 6:30pm! We meet at The Bridge Church at 1085 Yadon Rd in Manhattan. After this first meeting, we will meet on the 1st Monday of each month (11/6, 12/4, etc…) at the same time and location.

 

It is not a requirement to attend Manhattan Schools; however, we do have a 4-day school schedule this year that allows us to do events on Fridays while others may be in school. If you are in Manhattan but your 4-H is younger, we encourage you to check out the Manhattan Clever Clovers Club information. The Dry Creek 4-H Club is also known as the Dry Creek Teens and we are active in our community with Service Projects, hosting events, participating in Fundraisers and have goals set yearly by our teens. 

 

If you have questions, please contact Kelly Pavlik 406-600-1016 or via email kelly.pavlik@barnard-inc.com

 

Meetings take place on the first Monday of each month at 6:30pm at the Bridge Church in Manhattan.

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Gallatin Valley Livestock Club

 

THIS CLUB NEEDS A NEW LEADER!!

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Manhattan Clever Clovers Club

 

Do you have a Manhattan-Area 8 to 12 year old 4-H member? Join us at the Manhattan Clever Clovers first meeting on October 23rd beginning at 6:00pm! We meet at The Bridge Church at 1085 Yadon Rd in Manhattan. After this first meeting, we will meet on the 2nd Monday of each month (11/13, 12/11, etc..) at the same time and location. We do accept CloverBuds (5-7 year old) but our programming it tailored to the “older” club members. In addition to monthly meetings, we plan to do several Community Service Projects, a couple Fundraisers, a Field Trip and plan a Fun Event or two. 

 

If you have questions, please contact Kelly Pavlik 406-600-1016 or via email kelly.pavlik@barnard-inc.com

 

Meetings take place on the second Monday of each month at 6:30pm at the Bridge Church in Manhattan.

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Manhattan Livestock Club

 

Contact leader for meeting dates, times and locations.

 

For any questions, please contact Melanie Duffin: rmduffin3@gmail.com

406-209-1978

Three Forks Area Clubs
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Clarkston Mustangs Club

 

Contact leader for meeting dates, times and locations. 

 

For any questions, please contact Cassandra Mitchell:

cassyjh@hotmail.com

406-223-0146

 

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Willow Creek Wranglers Club

 

Meetings take place on the second Monday or Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm at Three Forks School.

 

For any questions, please contact Katy Hansen at 570-9996 or Sam Cavin at 599-8288.

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Member At Large
 

New to 4-H? Not sure what club fits your style? Register for your projects under

“Member at Large” when completing your 4-H Enrollment Clubs page on ZSuite.

 

Participating in a specific 4-H club is not a requirement to participate in 4-H projects, but clubs provide members a great opportunity to get more involved with their communities, leaders, and group activities.

 

We encourage members to join one of our clubs listed above!

PROJECTS                                                    back to top
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2023-2024 4-H Projects
(listed alphabetically)
AMBASSADORS / TEEN LEADERSHIP **new leader this year!
 
*NEW project & NEW program structure this year! Join 4-H Extension Agent Molly in the Teen Leadership project this year!
 
Are you 13 years old or older? Are you interested in developing your leadership skills and exploring leadership roles? Do you want to help younger members in the County? Do you like to plan and put on events and attend retreats? 
 
Teens that participate in the Teen Leadership Project for the 2023-2024 4-H Year will be County Ambassadors. Please complete the attached application and submit it to the office by November 1st

 

Application Link: Ambassador Program Application.docx (montana.edu) 

 

If you have any questions, please contact NEW leader, 4-H Agent Molly Yurdana!!

molly.yurdana@montana.edu or 406-582-3284

 

BAKING  **new leaders this year!
 

We have some new baking leaders this year and are excited to get baking with you!

 

We will meet at the MSU Food Lab, Herrick Hall Room #120, located on S. 7th Avenue once a month. Dates will be determined after enrollment kicks off. Please be watching for updated information and the Signup Genius via email once the project is started so that we know how many supplies to bring!

 

If you have any questions, please contact Erin at (ehagmeier@gmail.com email) or text 406-461-7205 

 

Project Leaders:

Erin Neil

Katie Taylor 

Krista Pancich

BEEF

 

Welcome Beef kids!

 

Please enroll in the beef project as soon as it opens. We start workshops in October and in order for you to join us you must be signed up. 

 

Please remember- Our workshops are for enrolled 4-H families only.  You may not bring friends or relatives that aren’t enrolled.  We require 3 workshops.  If you are new please contact a leader before we start.  

 

WORKSHOPS: (you may not be more than 10 minutes late to workshops, if you are they will not count towards workshop requirements and you must stay for the entire event) 

 

Orientation/ steer selection/ halter breaking 

October 15th at 3pm in Manhattan - we will email/text directions once you are signed up.

 

 

Mandatory dates: (you absolutely must be at these in order to qualify for fair)

 

Weigh in and tagging- (will NOT count as a workshop) 

January 7th, 2024 Manhattan MT

 

Weigh in and Demonstration of control (will count as a workshop) 

April 14th, 2024 


We look forward to seeing all of you!  

 

 

Beef Committee:

Annabel Morgan 406-580-9003

Seth Halverson 406-209-1178

Melanie Duffin 406-209-1978

Craig DeBoer

CAKE DECORATING  **new leader this year!

 

Questions? Contact new leader Lacey Norstrand at laceynhans@gmail.com 

CAMP COUNSELORS

 

SAVE THE DATES:

The 2023-2024 4-H Summer Camp will be August 11th - August 14th, 2024 at Yellowstone Alliance Adventures!

 

We will be kicking off the 2023-2024 Camp Counselor project in November! Be watching your email, text, and Band app for additional information. To apply to be a Camp Counselor, be sure to fill out the application and submit to the office by November 1st. You must be 13 years or older as of Oct. 1st to apply. Interviews will be held in mid-November - dates TBD. 

 

Application Link: 4-H CAMP COUNSELOR and COUNSELOR IN TRAINING (montana.edu) 

CAT  **new project this year!
 

Join the Cat Project and learn more about one of our most common household pets! Explore all kinds of things about cats - from nutrition to showing - and learn the basics about care and companionship. If you are interested in this project, please enroll through your Zsuite profile in October! 

 

Meetings are tentatively scheduled to be the 1st Wednesday of each month - official schedule TBD.

 

Questions? Contact new leader Julie Oghigian at montviewlabs@yahoo.com

CLOVERBUDS (AGES 5-7)

 

The Cloverbud program is designed for youth ages 5-7 (age as of Oct. 1) and strives to develop age-appropriate skills and abilities by giving these young members the opportunity to explore various topics and activities in 4-H before becoming a regular youth member.

 

Cloverbud Project meeting day of the week will be determined after enrollment starts. We meet from 5:30-6:30 once a month from Nov/Dec to June at the fairgrounds.

 

Don't forget to register starting October 1st

If you have questions please email Erin Neil at ehagmeier@gmail.com.

COOKING  **Stephanie Lively is BACK as our leader!
 

Welcome to the 2023-24 4-H year!

 

Our project will begin meeting once a month starting in November. Meetings are held on MSU campus in the Food Lab located in Room #120, Herrick Hall (located on S 7th Ave off of W Cleveland), from 6pm - 8pm.  Always come prepared with a hair tie if needed and clothes that are ready to get a little messy.  The project meeting dates below are tentative, pending confirmation from the kitchen manager:

 

11/14/23, 12/19/23, 1/16/24, 2/13/24, 3/12/24. 4/16/24, 5/21/24

 

You will receive a Signup Genius email each month to RSVP to the meetings.  It is important to RSVP to each meeting so that we can plan accordingly.  Make sure to sign up for the project as soon as possible to reserve your spot.  So excited for the new year and ready to get cooking!

 

Please text or email Stephanie Lively with any questions.

406.600.7935

livelysteph76@gmail.com

DAIRY COW
 

Questions? Contact leaders Shawna Oostema (406) 580-7819 or Cassie Smieja (406) 539-3833.

DOG (OBEDIENCE & AGILITY)

 

Dog Obedience:

 

My name is Shawnna Taylor and this is my second year leading the dog obedience project. We will be learning basic obedience and commands and I am hoping to have higher level members doing off-leash work this year. If you are planning on doing this project, please sign up as soon as possible. Due to the limited space at our facility I may need to cap the number of members that can enroll.

 

We will begin classes with our dogs the first week of April. Our classes will be held every week at Montana Murray Kennels. I still need to confirm day and time so watch the newsletters for that info!! Once again there will be a requirement of attending a minimum of six classes to compete at fair. I am going to try to set up a few educational field trips over the course of the winter so watch the newsletters for those dates and locations as well.

 

You will need proof of a current Rabies vaccination before you are allowed to bring your dog to class. These will be collected at our orientation class the end of March. Although not required, it is highly recommended that they are up to date on all their vaccinations, including kennel cough. 

 

Welcome to our project and if you have any questions please don't hesitate to reach out to me.

 

Shawnna (406)599-0869 

shawnna0869@gmail.com 

 

 

Dog Agility:

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please give me a call at 406.388.4789 or email at facility@montanamurraykennels.com.

Thank you!

- Jen Osler

GOAT - DAIRY
 
Questions? Contact a Dairy Goat Leader:

Cassy Mitchell 406-223-0146

Leah' Macdonald 406-220-3556 

GOAT - MARKET

 

Excited for a new year of 4-H starting. My name is Gena, I'm the maket goat leader. We generally have our first meeting mid- late November, welcoming any new members, new project outlines, or if you're just wanting more information about our project, everyone is welcome to attend. I will have some dates/ times for our meetings soon, and will also update through email. If this is your first year or your wanting more information, please feel free to reach out to Aimee or I. Looking forward to a new year!

 

Questions? Contact a Market Goat Leader:

Gena Johnson (406) 599-5920

Aimee Henry (406) 548-1031

HORSELESS HORSE  **new leader this year!

 

First meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 24th at 6pm at the Extension Office conference room. More details will be shared via email to those who enroll in the project, so enroll ASAP!!

 

Questions? Contact new leader Sarah Capp at scapp9999@hotmail.com

HORSE PROJECTS

 

The Horse Committee is already hard at work to make the  23/24 4-H year great. Speaking of the 23/24 4-H year, Enrollment for the new 4-H Year begins on October 1st, 2023.

 

Enrollment will be completed online through https://4h.zsuite.org/

Returning Youth Members and Volunteers will re-enroll through their existing ZSuite account and re-select your projects and clubs for the new 4-H Year.  

 

Congratulations to all those who participated in state this year!

 

WRH Placings

  • Aspen Smart- 6th intermediate VRH overall, 2nd intermediate VRH pleasure, 4th intermediateVRH  reining, 6th level 3 4-H pattern, 3rd level 3 4-H heading
  • Charlotte Steele- 4th/5th level 2 knowledge test
  • Dakota Woodring- 2nd senior VRH overall, 5th senior VRH trail, 1st senior VRH reining, 2nd senior VRH cow work, 4th colt 4/5 VRH cow work, 2nd level 3 4-H overall, 1st level 3 4-H pattern, 1st level 3 4-H sorting, 5th level 3 4-H heading, 2nd level 3 4-H heeling, 5th sorting 4-H colts
  • Dylanne Free- 1st level 2 4-H pattern
  • Emma Baeth- 4th intermediate VRH trail, 3rd level 3 4-H pattern,
  • Josephine Casto-1st level 1 knowledge test, 
  • Josey Woodring- 4th junior VRH overall, 3rd junior VRH pleasure, 1st junior VRH reining, 
  • Lane Smart- 5th senior VRH overall, 3rd senior VRH trail, 4th VRH colt 4/5 overall, 2nd colt 4/5 VRH pleasure, 2nd colt 4/5 VRH cow work, 3rd level 4 4-H pattern, 6th level 4 4-H heeling, 3rd overall 4-H colts, 6th patterns 4-H colts, 3rd sorting 4-H colts
  • Madeline Taylor- 6th senior VRH overall, 6th senior VRH pleasure, 3rd senior VRH reining, 
  • Makenze Woodring- 4th intermediate VRH overall, 5th intermediate VRH trail, 1st intermediate VRH reining, 4th colts 2/3 VRH trail, 2nd colt 2/3 VRH reining
  • Will Baeth- 5th level 4 4-H overall, 4th level 4 4-H pattern, 2nd level 4 4-H sorting, 3rd level 4 4-H heeling

HORSE - GALLATIN TWISTERS

 
Call Jessie Sheperd for more information!

Jessie Sheperd- Twister Coach 352-304-1648  jlsheperd@gmail.com

KNITTING/CROCHET

 

October 19, 2023 - tentative trip to Stix Yarn shop at 11:00am

Tracy and Cameron were the judges at the fair - they may have some suggestions for an individual project. 

 

The Springs is very excited to have us come in to knit and crochet with residents!  You will be able to work on your own projects at each of our meetings; hopefully, we will have more items to enter next fair! 

 

November 2023

    4 - Cafe M Belgrade 9:30-11:15am

    18 - The Springs Bozeman 9:30-11:15am

 

December 2023

    2 - Cafe M Belgrade 9:30-11:15am

    16 - The Springs Bozeman 9:30-11:15am

 

January 2024

    6 - Cafe M Belgrade 9:30-11:15am

    20 - The Springs Bozeman 9:30-11:15am

 

February 2024

    3 - Cafe M Belgrade 9:30-11:15am

    17 - The Springs Bozeman 9:30-11:15am

 

March 2024

    2 - Cafe M Belgrade 9:30-11:15am

    16 - The Springs Bozeman 9:30-11:15am

 

April 2024

    6 - Cafe M Belgrade 9:30-11:15am

    20 - The Springs Bozeman 9:30-11:15am

 

May 2024

     4 - Cafe M Belgrade 9:30-11:15am

    18 - The Springs Bozeman 9:30-11:15am

 

June 2024

    1 - Cafe M Belgrade 9:30-11:15am

 

It was fantastic to see your work displayed at this year's fair.  Phyllis and I are proud of each of you!

 

- Jeanette and Phyllis

LEATHERCRAFT

 

Join us on Saturday, October 14th from 1pm-3pm at the Extension Office for an introductory meeting of the Leathercraft Project! We will set a project meeting schedule afterwards.

 

Questions? Contact leader Merrita Marble at marble@bresnan.net or 406-388-2055

PHOTOGRAPHY  **new leader this year!
 
Join us on Wednesday, November 8th at 6pm at the Extension Office for Photography Project welcome/info-sharing/gathering get together! We will set a project meeting schedule afterwards.
 
Questions? Contact new leader Tamara Knappenberger at tkknappenberger@yahoo.com
POULTRY

 

Welcome to the new 4-H year!  As a kick off to the year and a thank you for last year, the poultry project will be hosting an open house poultry workshop on October 12, 2023 at 6:30pm Exhibit Building 3 at the Fairgrounds in Bozeman. Come see what we have planned for the year while enjoying an ice cream with toppings!  

 

Remember to mark your calendars for the second Thursday of each month as we will generally have our monthly meetings on that day.  Also, if you are a returning poultry project member please make sure to re-enroll in the project by October 31, 2023 to avoid any late enrollment fees.  

 

NEW THIS YEAR:  We would like to have two youth positions available to those members who would like to join our leader's committee for the project.  An application with details will be sent out in October and due back to the committee on November 9, 2023.  

 

The poultry project will so be participating in the MSU Concessions for the Bobcat football game on November 4, 2023 from 10am to 4pm.  We need members to help us with this event as a fundraiser for the project.  Please note that you must be at least 12 years old to participate.  Please let Shawna know if you are able to assist and we will get you added to the gate list.  

 

The Montana Veterans Meat Locker did their annual Gallatin County meat distribution at the Belgrade Fall Festival back in September.  They gave out their normal bags of frozen meat PLUS the poultry that was donated to them at the Market Livestock Sale in July and the member donated birds were given out too.  All the donated birds were being offered to Gallatin County military (active or retired and their families). 

 

Looking forward to another great year in the 4-H poultry project!

 

Shawna Oostema: 406-580-7819, fcclashawna@hotmail.com       

Judy Brownell: onebar4@aol.com 

Judy Neiminen: 406-599-0639; lneiminen@gmail.com 

RABBIT  **new leader this year!

 

Monica Samson will be taking over as the head Rabbit Project leader for the 2023-2024 year!

 

Meetings will be held the third Thursday of each month at 6:30pm at the Fairgrounds (exhibit building TBD). Meetings will start in November!

 

 

Monica Samson 406-399-1866 

Cody Brownell 406-209-4183 

ROBOTICS **new project this year!

 

Join the Robotics Project and learn electronics, mechanics, and coding! We’ll explore the fundamentals of robotics and the industrial design process to create robots of our own. No experience or skills required, and all levels of knowledge are welcome! If you are interested in this project, please enroll through your Zsuite profile in October! 

 

The introductory meeting will be on Thursday, October 19th from 6:30pm-8:30pm in the MSU Norm Asbjornson Hall on campus. 

 

Questions? Contact new leader Joey Knappenberger at joey.knappenberger@gmail.com 

SEWING 
 

Hi! I'm Laura Fisher, the leader of the sewing project for the second year. We learned a lot last year in our meetings. I taught members how to sew, the basics of the machine, and was able to help them design and pattern their own bags! This year, we'll continue with the next level of sewing for those members that already know the basics and start from scratch for those who are brand new to sewing. 

 

We'll meet once a month. 

*The first part of the year (October-January) will be for beginning sewers. We'll get you caught up with last year's class and then we'll start meetings in February for everyone. 

*February-June will be for everyone to move forward together!

 

The first meeting for beginning sewers will be the second or third Tuesday of the month. Once I see who is enrolled, I'll send out an email asking what works for everyone, so sign up soon!

 

Laura Fisher

RevivALL Clothing

revivallclothing@gmail.com

www.revivallclothing.com

SHEEP

 

Committee members:

Ruth Carr -kennellr@gmail.com (406) 539-4337

Kim Flikkema- kimflikkema@gmail.com (406) 599-1486

Jodilynn Kelley- jkelley@bridgerorthopedic.com (512) 663-5569

Jodi Smith (406) 580-2984

SHOOTING SPORTS
 

The shooting sports season is fast approaching for 2023 – 2024.  To be eligible to enroll in 4-H Shooting the 4-H member must be 9 by October 1st of 2023.  To enroll in 4-H, please go to this site, https://www.montana.edu/extension/gallatin/4hnew.html. There are a few items that must completed prior to the season starting.  The following items must be completed and submitted to the discipline leaders before the participant may shoot. 

  1. Shooting Sports Fee - $40/discipline
    1. Payment is due upon registering in ZSuite.
  2. The following forms must be completed and signed by the shooter and the parent or guardian of the shooter. Complete these forms via DocuSign here: DocuSign
    1. Medical Form
    2. Informed Consent Form

 

There will be mandatory parent meetings for each shooting sports discipline. Please see the schedule for location and time for each discipline.

 

Archery will be held at Big Sky Archery, 77 Laura Louise Lane located at the intersection of Baxter Lane and Jackrabbit Lane on Sundays.The 4-H Archery project begins in December and will conclude in March after the state shoot.  Shooting times will be on Sunday afternoon at Big Sky Archery in Four Corners.  Watch for a sign up genius is late November or early December for exact shooting times. If you are new to the project, don’t worry about archery equipment at this time, 4H has plenty of bows to get you started.  If you are a continuing shooter, keep practicing and we’ll see everyone in December. Randy Radke and Mike Prester are the current co-archery leaders, Patrick Marble is moving on to Wyoming. Anyone who would like to help facilitate please reach out to Randy at gv4harchery@gmail.com.  We need both volunteers that like to shoot and who can just help organize.The number of archery shooters will be capped at 96.  We will then establish a waiting list.  

 

 

Air Rifle and Air Pistol.  The venue for air rifle and air pistol is located at 123 Doe Road in Belgrade.
The season will begin on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, with a mandatory safety and organizational meeting at 6:00pm.  For more information contact Bill Ott – 209-2599 or Lee Nelson – 579-0612.

 

Smallbore Rifle will start at Greenway Range on Friday, December 8, 2023, at 5:00 – 6:30 and Monday, December 11, 2023, from 5:00 – 6:30.  The day for shooting will be selected by the shooters and parents during the county-wide parent meeting.  Greenway range is located at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds, 901 North Black in Bozeman.  Shooters must be 10 years of age by October 1, 2023, to participate.  The number of smallbore shooters will be capped at 25.  The returning shooters will be given priority.  It is a pre-requisite that the shooters have 1 year of Shooting Sports Experience.  We will then establish a waiting list.  For more information contact Scott Francis – 581-6845 or Tom Everett – 570-8878.

 

Shotgun will start on Sunday, January 7, 2024, at 1:00 pm at Manhattan Wildlife Association Trap Range located at 337 Logan Trident Road in Logan.  There will be a mandatory parent and safety meeting prior to shooting.  All shooters need to attend.  It is strongly recommended that the participant be 10 years of age.  For more information contact Scott Francis – 581-6845.

 

The Muzzle-loading Project will be determined later in the shooting season. The Hunting & Wildlife Project will be determined later in the year.  Please check the newsletter for days and times.  It is recommended but not required that the participants be 12 years of age and have been in Hunter’s Education.  Contact Scott Francis – 581-6845 for more information.

 

Be sure to get registered early in the registration process!!!!!!

 

Thank You to our Sponsors!

 

Gallatin County 4-H Shooting Sports is very fortunate to have the support of many individuals and conservation organizations.  We are very fortunate to be recipients of a Friends of NRA Grant for this shooting season of 2023 - 2024.  We will be able to purchase and obtain the needed targets, ammunition, and equipment to serve our programs.  Manhattan Wildlife Association, Southwest Montana Chapter of SCI, and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation have been a tremendous supporter to 4-H Shooting Sports.  Gallatin County 4-H Air-gun Program would like to sincerely thank the following sponsors of one month’s rent for our venue; Mike Swan – Swan Land Company, R Davidson Masonry, Joe Miller – Monarch Heating and Cooling, 3 Brothers Plumbing and Heating, The MeatEater – Stephen Rinella, Rex Kleinsasser – Air Controls, and Southwest Montana Chapter SCI. They embrace the opportunity to help with youth shooting and provide the venue to offer the various shooting disciplines.  Thank you to these sponsors.  Without their dedication to youth shooting, our shooting sports program could not do what we do for the members of Gallatin County 4-H Shooting Sports.

 

 

Volunteers needed:

Gallatin County 4-H Shooting Sports is in desperate need of adults to become certified leaders in the different disciplines that are offered in 4-H Shooting.  We need assistance in all shooting disciplines.  For us to provide a safe and educational experience, we need your help.  Please consider becoming a leader.  More information on leader trainings will be made available as it is received. Please plan to attend.  For more information, please contact Scott Francis – 406-581-6845.

 

 

Questions: Contact the following leaders

Archery – Randy Radke – 406-539-4903

Air Rifle/Pistol – Lee Nelson – 406-579-0612, Bill Ott – 406-209-2599

Smallbore – Tom Everett – 406-570-8878, Scott Francis – 406-581-6845

Shotgun, Hunting & Wildlife – Scott Francis – 406-581-6845

Muzzle-loading – Bill Ott – 406-209-2599, Scott Francis – 406-581-6845

Western Heritage – Todd Kesner – 406-451-1207   

SWINE
 

We're in need of some concessions help at the MSU Events: 10/14 (3-10pm) and 11/11 (10-4pm) Games . Please visit the signup if you can help --> https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084da9a92aabfe3-fall1#/ 

We thank you in advance and we'll see you there! 

 

🐴 A BIG thank you to those Members and their families that donated their time at the Bozeman Stampede. 4-H as a whole will receive revenue from this event and the Swine Project will receive some portion of this money; which will help with some of the improvements we have slated for our growing project in the coming year! 

 

🥇At Awards Night we will be announcing our Ultrasound winners and giving away Grand Champion and Reserve Champion buckles; donated by Timberline Insulation, as well as cash prizes from the Swine Project. We had 59 SOE's (explanation below👇 ) that will also get certificates issued by the State.  Again, we will re-email the group with the final results, once those are announced! 

 

What does SOE mean? The data collected for each animal is scored according to the criteria described in the attached table (image file). The Symbol of Excellence program was initiated in 1984 as a joint effort between the MSU Extension Service and Montana Pork Producers Council as a means of recognizing youth and swine breeders who select and raise market hogs that meet carcass merit standards and who demonstrate a commitment to excellence in producing quality pork products. Data collected on over 1,750 head annually demonstrates the dramatic progress that has been made in the quantity and quality of pork obtained from modern hogs. The Gallatin County Swine Project is proud to incorporate the SOE program to recognize animals purchased and raised in accordance to the greater pork market standards vs the breed / show pig industry standards. We feel that both standards are important to the overall pork industry.


💰 All of the Market Sale Checks have all been mailed to the youth that sold at the Market Livestock Sale. Please reach out if you have not received yours. Most importantly we have heard casual feedback from A LOT of buyers that have not received a Thank You from the 4-H Members. If you did not formally thank your buyers post-fair it's not too late to send a letter, postcard or drop off your photo and say thank you face-to-face. We would not have such a successful program if it wasn't for their support. There are still hard copies of the Results Tab that was run in the Chronicle and Belgrade News at the 4-H Office too. 

🍀October 1-7, 2023 is National 4-H Week and the National Theme is I ❤️ 4-H we encourage all members / groups to promote 4-H throughout the week (wear your 4-H t-shirt, create a display or shoutout on social media). 

 

Enrollment for the new 4-H year also begins on October 1st so please get signed up ASAP and registered for your clubs and projects so you don't miss anything! Also be aware that late fees are applied after October this year. We will start a new email list based on the enrollment from the 4-H Office so be sure you're on the list 📃

 

As a parent, or youth in our program, if you have interest serving in a bigger, contributing role this year as 1) a Voting Member {core planning, mandatory presence at committee meetings}, 2) a non-Voting Parent Volunteer {attend meetings as-available, specific workshop / fair help}, or 3) a Youth Member of our Committee, please reach out to us via this email. Parents interested in either 1) or 2) would need to enroll as a 4-H Volunteer when registering your 4-H Members. We welcome helping hands, good intentions and belief in making our swine community stronger and more positive for all members and families: new and old. No vast swine experience necessary. 

 

Speaking of next year...if you'd like to give feedback from last year to the Market Livestock Group to help us plan for this year, please feel free to fill out this Google Survey. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdIPqA9nzMl_fsLMP2E9MUMLriExxNsXgiLJikJa5qiAdzXgA/viewform?usp=sf_link It's anonymous and the intention is to let us know how families feel about our Programs Strengths and Potential Improvements. 

 

 

 

Thank you,

-Swine Committee

VET SCIENCE   **new leaders this year!
 

Join the Vet Science project for their first meeting on October 11 from 6-7pm at the Extension Office.

 

Gallatin County Vet Science (Monika Johnson – volunteer) will be collaborating with Park County Vet Science (Holley Woosley Vennes - volunteer) for what’s to be a fun year of classroom, workshops and hands-on activities!

Holley's family has a ranch and they run a commercial Black Angus Cattle business and raise Quarter horses. She has a daughter in 4-H and her husband is also a leader. Living on a ranch they do a lot of vet work on their own while keeping in close consultation with their ranch vet. Holly also works in the medical field when not working on the ranch, so she uses a lot of medical skills in her day-to-day life.

Holly and Monika are in the planning process for this year. Tentatively there will be three (3) workshops for Vet science members. If you have a topic you would like covered, please let me know and we will try to base a workshop on it. We currently do not have dates but will have them in ZSuite, posted on the Band App, and in newsletters as soon as possible. Vet Science is a really fun and interesting field, and the workshops are designed to make sure that members get hands-on experiences that they normally would not get by just reading the book or watching a vet.

Members who are senior level or have been in the project for at least 2 years may be asked to help host the Quality Assurance programs for Park County (and I’m looking into Gallatin County as well). This program covers a lot of basic information about Vet Science and is a great opportunity for you to help other 4-H members.

This project will require, at a minimum, that you attend at least one (1) of the three (3) workshops, that you complete six (6) sections of the vet science workbook, mandatory interview about your project prior to fair week, and have a display to be judged at the fair. The display can be anything of your choosing as long as it has ties to Vet Science. If you want to attend more than one workshop that is welcomed and encouraged!
janaie.godin@montana.edu
Molly Yurdana, 4-H Extension Agent  molly.yurdana@montana.edu
Colyn Wiening, 4-H Assistant gallatin4h@montana.edu
Kari Ballenger, Extension Administrative Assistant gallatin@montana.edu

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To request disability accommodation or to inform us of special needs, please contact the Extension Office at 406-582-3280  five (5) working days before the event.

 

Molly Yurdana
Gallatin County MSU Extension
4-H Youth Development Agent

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