**Starting November 1st, a per month late fee ($5) will be added to ALL enrollments. 
Enrollment for the 2023-2024 4-H Year opened back on October 1st. Re-enrolling members and volunteers SHOULD be enrolled by Oct. 31st and starting November 1st, a per month late fee will be added to the enrollment fee.
NEW members technically have until March 1st to enroll in Gallatin 4-H, however many clubs and projects begin meeting in late/October and early November, and some have enrollment caps so get enrolled ASAP!
ALL members and volunteers need to be enrolled and paid to be considered active/certified in order to be allowed to participate in 4-H youth meetings/events/activities and covered under our 4-H liability insurance.
Due to facility and/or leader and project capacity, the following 4-H Projects are NOW FULL and are no longer accepting enrollments for the 2023-2024 year:
  • Robotics @ MSU w/ leader Joey
  • Baking @ MSU w/ leader Erin
  • Cake Decorating w/ leader Lacey
  • Knitting/Crochet w/ leaders Jeanette & Phyllis
  • Dog Obedience w/ leader Shawnna
We are very excited to see that these projects were so popular! We apologize for the inconvenience if you were interested in enrolling in one of these projects, but this shows how important it is to enroll sooner than later when the new 4-H year opens.  
These projects have now been "hidden" on ZSuite to prevent additional enrollments. **If you are interested in being added to a waitlist in case any member drops the project, please email gallatin4h@montana.edu
Thank YOU!
Our 4-H Awards Celebration back in October was a great way to wrap up another great year! We had approximately 260 people attend to join us in celebrating the year, our youth and our volunteers. HUGE thank you to our Teen Leaders for helping run the event. Over 150 youth earned project awards for their outstanding efforts in their projects, record keeping and interview skills this year. We also had the privilege of honoring volunteers that were nominated and selected as Outstanding Leader Award recipients. 
We are so grateful to all those that joined us for a Sundae to close out the
2022-2023 4-H year!
Outstanding 4-H Members of the Year (Achievement Journals): 
Juniors: Jake Oostema (1st), Sean Marble (2nd), Brynn Wiening (3rd)
Seniors: Bonnie Radke (1st), Madison Oostema (2nd), Kaitlyn Scott (3rd-not pictured)
Outstanding Leaders of the Year: 
  • Cassy Mitchell (New Club Leader - Clarkston Mustangs)
  • Shawnna Taylor (New Project Leader - Dog Obedience)
  • Merrita Marble (New Project Leader - Leathercraft)
  • Erin Neil (Project Leader - Cloverbuds)
  • Phyllis Lewis (Co-Leader - Knitting/Crochet)
  • Judy Brownell (Co-Leader - Poultry)
  • Cassie Smieja (Club Leader - Pass Creek)
  • Tamara Knappenberger (Club Leader - Saddle Stars)
  • Toni Berger (ULC Committee Member)
  • Amy Brownell (Market Livestock Committee Member)
  • Jeanette Hughes (Gallatin County 4-H Volunteer of the Year - Knitting/Crochet)
  • Annabel Morgan - Montana 4-H State Volunteer of the Year Winner (10 years or less of volunteer service)
  • Shawna Oostema - Montana 4-H State District 6 Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer award recipient (10 years or more of volunteer service)
Friends of 4-H:
  • Chad Woodring (individual)
  • 1090 KBOZ AM (group)
  • Big Sky Archery (business)
2023 Montana 4-H Teen/Ambassador Fall Leadership Training
We had 9 Gallatin County, 1 Carbon County, and 2 Park County teens in our group that “flew into leadership” last weekend in Billings. For 4 of our Gallatin members, it was their FIRST State 4-H event ever!  It was a trip filled with workshops, team building activities, awesome dance moves and new friendships from across state. We are excited to bring these skills back to our counties to share with our clubs, projects and volunteers.
*Extension Agent Molly is so excited to kick off a great 4-H year with the Ambassadors! Are you interested in the Teen Leadership project? Scroll to the "Ambassador / Teen Leadership" Project section below for more info on our first meeting. 

Fall Into Leadership with 4-H” Volunteer Training

Saturday, November 4th, 2023


Attention Gallatin County Volunteers:

We encourage ALL Gallatin 4-H volunteers, both new and returning to attend. Our office tries to offer in-person Volunteer trainings bi-annually but topics vary each year. These trainings are intended to be volunteer growth and development opportunities, just like professional development trainings are in your place of employment. This Fall training will provide 4-H volunteers the opportunity to reconnect, refresh on skills, update resources, share ideas, and prepare for the new 4-H year.


RSVP Required: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C084DA9A92AABFE3-44940736-fall

  • Light breakfast and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP as soon as possible so we can plan for food and print materials.
  • Volunteers that attend will also earn a free week-pass to the 2024 Big Sky Country State Fair.


Agenda: (see flyer attached to this email)

  • 8:00am-9:30am : Montana 4-H Orientation Session (*session for New Volunteers only)
    • *If you are a NEW Volunteer with Gallatin 4-H this year, please attend this 1.5 hour pre-training session. All new Volunteers are required to complete the Montana 4-H Volunteer Orientation Modules via the Clover Academy in ZSuite prior to being considered active/certified for their 1st year. But, 4-H Agent Molly is offering the chance to complete this Orientation during an in-person, interactive group session! We will dive into county-specific information while going through the state-wide modules. Take advantage of this opportunity to get this requirement out of the way!
      • **If you are a returning volunteer that did not complete your orientation modules by the Sept. 30, 2023 deadline, please also attend this session.
  • 9:30am-10:15am : Tools for a Successful 4-H Year (for returning and new volunteers)
    • Learn from experienced volunteers and 4-H office staff about leading a club/project, resources available to make your life as a leader easier, fundraising do’s and don’ts, & more!
  • 10:30am-11:15am : Navigating Record Books (for returning and new volunteers)
    • New to 4-H and not sure how to use our Record Books? Or do you need a Record Book refresher as a leader? Start the new year off right by learning how to properly utilize and guide youth members through filling out their required project/club records and workbook activities.
  • 11:20am-12:00pm : Promoting & Preparing for County Contests (for returning and new volunteers)
    • Gallatin County 4-H puts on various county-wide events throughout the year, many of which are scheduled to be much earlier this year in the winter and spring. These county events allow 4-H members to get involved with various youth in across organization, practice public speaking, demonstrate a unique skill, explore project areas and more! This session will provide Leaders/Volunteers details on events such as: Communication Day, Stir Ups, and Better Batter Baking Contests.

What:Fall Into Leadership with 4-H” Volunteer Training

When: Saturday, November 4th from 8:00am-12pm

Where: Gallatin County 4-H Office (903 N. Black Ave., Bozeman)

This will be a hands-on training, so there will not be a virtual option offered. If you have any questions, please contact us!

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: 



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.

Montana 4-H Summer Outbound Program

This past 4-H Year, our very own Gallatin 4-H Member, Nicole Berger traveled to Japan for 4 weeks as part of the Montana 4-H Summer Outbound Program! We heard an incredible recap of her experience at our 2022-2023 4-H Awards Celebration. 

2024 Program Details

Are you curious about daily life, culture, and youth programs in other countries? Travel abroad with States’ 4-H and enter a world that most tourists rarely get to see. States’ 4-H Summer Outbound programs provide American 4-H youth with the opportunity to travel to foreign countries for a  month-long cultural immersion experience. Delegates live with volunteer host families and engage in experiential learning about a new way of life. Delegates experience aspects of daily life that allow them to more deeply understand both their host culture and their own culture. Our network of like-minded international partners recruit host families and plan enrichment activities. 


4-H youth ages 12 - 18 for Japan & South Korea, and ages 15 - 18 for Costa Rica. Details to come for additional countries.

Program Information

  • Adult chaperones accompany the group during international travel and remain in-country to provide support.
  • States’ 4-H provides Program Handbooks that cover everything from packing lists to financial matters to cultural information.
  • States’ 4-H conducts group conference calls and a National Departure Orientation prior to international travel.
  • No prior language study is required, but it certainly is helpful! Our international partners have English-speaking staff on hand to assist you in communication.

Application Deadline

Montana's application deadline: December 1, 2023

Complete your application online.

Please note that program details are subject to change.

If interested and to request more information, contact:

Christine Sommers-Austin

International Program Coordinator

4-H Center for Youth Development




Making History: Montana 4-H Billboards
For the first time in Montana 4-H and MSU Extension history, MSU Extension has two billboards up in the state! The billboards feature Montana 4-H'ers from across the state as a part of our fall 2023 campaign. The boards are located outside of Park City near I-90 East Exit 426, and in Havre on Highway 2 East.
You are invited to safely pull over to take a selfie near one of the boards and send it to Christine Hodges (christine.hodges1@montana.edu) in order to be featured on the Montana 4-H social media channels

4-H Week Display Winners:


Congratulations to our winning 4-H Clubs that participated and competed in our 2023 National 4-H Week Display contest at the beginning of October! Thank you for showing off your spirit and all the reasons you 4-H by promoting 4-H to our communities. 

1st Place – Dry Creek Teens & Manhattan Clever Clover Clubs ($100 prize)

2nd Place – Saddle Stars Club ($50 prize)

3rd Place – Belgrade Pioneers Club ($25 prize)

4th Place – Dag Nabids Club ($25 prize)

Join our BAND app group: Gallatin County 4-H
Never miss important updates from the Gallatin County 4-H Office! 
Download the BAND app today and either scan the QR code or 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. 
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!
CALENDAR                                                             back to top 
The 4-H Year at a Glance - Full 2023-2024 4-H Annual Calendar HERE


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

                          Leadership/Ambassador, Youth Committee Member)


NOVEMBER 4  " Fall Into Leadership with 4-H" Volunteer Training (see post above)


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


NOVEMBER 7   ULC Meeting




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


NOVEMBER 14, 15, 16  Camp Counselor Interviews (see SignUp Genius if you applied)


NOVEMBER 23  Newsletter Blurbs DUE


NOVEMBER 23-24  OFFICE CLOSED (Thanksgiving)


NOVEMBER 24-28  National 4-H Congress (Atlanta, GA)


NOVEMBER 30 Club/Committee 1% DUE to office




DECEMBER 2, 9 & 16 **TENTATIVE MSU Football Playoff Games - Concessions  Fundraiser (see post above)


See November Committee, Club and Project updates in sections below.


COMMITTEES                                                      back to top



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

November 7th at 6pm at the Extension Office.


The Unlimited Leaders Council is looking for adult voting members and 2-4 youth members to serve on this committee! We plan events such as Awards Night, Leader Trainings, Member Trainings, Fair Concessions, 4-H Camp and more! We fund events such as Communications Day, Stir-Ups, and youth leadership trainings! We'd love your help! 


We hope you all enjoyed the Awards Celebration and Sundae Bar held on October 1st.  We are so proud of each and every one our of members and volunteers!  The next big event we will be organizing is the Volunteer Training on November 4th.  We hope to see all our volunteers there for an information filled morning to get the new 4-H year off to a great start.  We will also be choosing the logo/theme for this year’s fair during the November meeting, this way it can be used throughout the year as we promote all our events in 4-H.  Speaking of events, dates have been set for the upcoming Stir-Ups, Better Batter Baking and Communications contest.  They will be in February, so start thinking about that now.


The ULC was happy to award prize money to clubs that participated in the National 4-H Week window display contest in October.  Congratulations to the Dry Creek Teens and Manhattan Clever Clover clubs in their winning display!  Thank you also to the Saddle Stars, Belgrade Pioneers and Dag Nabibs for promoting 4-H and sharing why you ❤ 4-H. ULC is also helping to fund a Senior Member’s travel to attend National Congress in Atlanta, Georgia over Thanksgiving weekend.  We also approved funding a portion of the shooting sports airgun venue rental. 


We want to remind you that if you club or project is in need of funds for the coming 4-H year, the MSU Concessions opportunity should be on your list of things to do.


Please contact any member or Molly if you have questions or are interested in helping!


Current Committee: Aaron Pruitt, Kelly Pavlik, Toni Berger, Tamara Knappenberger, Monika Johnson 

Our next meeting will be Monday, November 20th at 6pm at the Extension Office.
A subcommittee was formed to review and update market livestock auction rules regarding champions and 2-animal unit policies. They will meet November 1st at 6pm at the Bridge Church in Manhattan. 
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 still copies available at the office. 
The next Gallatin 4-H Foundation meeting will be held in November, date TBD. This committee fundraises for higher education scholarships and new clubs and projects. 
The Gallatin Foundation recently funded trips to the Montana 4-H Teen/Ambassador Fall Leadership Training for 4 teens! We were happy to support their leadership endeavors. 
CLUBS                                                            back to top
Bozeman Area Clubs

Dag Nabids Club


Meetings take place the second to last Tuesday of each month (due to room availability). 

Our next meeting will be in the MSU Animal Bioscience Building Room 145 Tuesday, November 21 @ 6pm-7:15pm


Questions, please call or text:

Belinda Nash 406-570-5585 or

Monika Johnson 406-579-3211

Hyalite Hawks Club


Contact leader for meeting dates, times and locations.


For any questions, please contact

Jen Wold: jenmariewold@hotmail.com



Four Corners/Gallatin Gateway Area Clubs
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.


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. 


The Gateway Challengers met for our monthly meeting on October 9th. We had officer elections with Kryka Shockley being elected as club president, Maddie Black as vice president, Decker Trainer as secretary, and Tana Trainer as historian. Our next meeting is November 13th at the Gallatin Gateway Gateway Community Center.


For any questions, please contact

Jessica Black



Belgrade Area Clubs
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, October 5th. Our dinner theme was Asian food, and we had a great time eating and chatting with friends, new and old. After that, we had a business meeting and decided to go to the Corn Maze, got the merch order forms, and talked about the window display. For our activity, we got into groups and built bridges to see who could build the bridge that would hold the most candy. It was a fun way to begin the 2023-2024 4-H year!


Our November meeting will be on Thursday, November 2nd, at 6 pm, at the WB Ranch Arena. Our theme for November will be "Meat Potluck".


Do you want more information? Please contact Shelly McPhee at ksmcphee0315@gmail.com or 406-595-4774.

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


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 

Shining Mountaineers Club


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


Hello, I am Laura, and the new club leader for this year! I have never been a 4-H member, but was a member of FFA, held office, won local and state awards, and look forward to helping lead this club! My son is a member of the Shining Mountainers! Our club has been active for over 25 years!


Next Meeting: Nov. 13th at 6 pm

River Rock Church of the Nazerene. (Normally our meeting are the 1st Monday of the month. Same time and location)


We are having a pizza party for new members and to welcome back existing members! 


The last meeting we discussed how to help the club grow, the Christmas Party, snack sign up, voting on and when to install officers and fundraising.


During the upcoming meeting, the club will be voting on and installing officers for the 2023-2024 year! The club will also work on planning the Christmas party. Committees will meet to talk a out new recreation opportunities as well as volunteer opportunities! 


Please remember: enrollment ends on Oct 31st. Some projects fill up fast, so make sure to get enrolled asap! You have to be enrolled to attend club and project meeting!


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

Manhattan Area Clubs

Dry Creek Teens Club


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


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 monthly meeting on November 6th beginning at 6:30pm! 


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

Gallatin Valley Livestock Club


We are excited to announce this Club will have a new leader! As Jen Scott's children have graduated our program,

4-H parent Jeff Sposito will take over as Club Leader! Stay tuned for more information. 


Manhattan Clever Clovers Club


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


Do you have a Manhattan-Area 8 to 12 year old 4-H member? Join us at the Manhattan Clever Clovers monthly meeting on November 13th beginning at 6:00pm! We meet at The Bridge Church at 1085 Yadon Rd in Manhattan. 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


Manhattan Livestock Club


Contact leader for meeting dates, times and locations.


This Club is NOW FULL and is no longer taking new enrollments.


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


Three Forks Area Clubs
Clarkston Mustangs Club


Contact leader for meeting dates, times and locations. 


For any questions, please contact Cassandra Mitchell:




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.

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
2023-2024 4-H Projects
(listed alphabetically)
AMBASSADORS / TEEN LEADERSHIP **new leader this year!

If you are interested in the Teen Leadership/Ambassador project, please add that project to your ZSuite enrollment ASAP to receive future communications and meeting dates. *You must be 13 years old or older as of Oct. 1st to enroll in this project. 


Please fill out the Teen Leader/Ambassador Application (due by November 1st) and send it to the office! This short application will help Molly plan the year of activities. 


Our FIRST meeting will be held on Sunday, November 12th from 2:30pm - approx. 5:30pm at the Extension Office. Meetings will not always been on Sundays, or this long, but we have some exciting things planned for this first meeting. We will have some food, tune into the first Montana 4-H Leadership Academy with the State 4-H Officers, and then have a special guest Montana 4-H Leadership Specialist Brett Schomer take us through some team building activities. 


If you attended the Fall Leadership Training in Billings in October, you completed a "Real Colors" survey in one of your workshops. We will be expanding off of that activity as a county group at this meeting to develop our team connection and awareness of each other's "color styles".


**If you DID NOT attend the Fall Leadership Training, no worries! We will catch you up on your "color" - stay tuned for an email with the color survey to complete prior to the meeting. 


The rest of the year will consist of monthly meetings - dates and locations will vary, but I will try to set them soon so you can all add them to your calendars. This year we will build leadership skills, take field trips to explore roles in leadership across our community, plan our county 4-H events, and do some recreational activities! I am very excited to work with you all. 


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

molly.yurdana@montana.edu or text 530-613-9908


BAKING  **new leaders this year!


This project is NOW FULL and is no longer taking new enrollments.


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 on the 1st Monday of each month at 6 PM. Please be watching for an email and a Signup Genius via email once the project is started so that we know how many supplies to bring each month.


**Please bring a 1/2” to 1” 3 ring binder to store your baking project recipes in (that will be provided)


Put these dates on your calendar for future meetings:









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



Happy Fall Beef kids! Thank you to those who came out to our first Beef Workshop in October! 


Ranchers are busy shipping calves during this season which means you guys are all getting your calves!  We can’t wait to meet them and hear what you named them! If you don’t have a calf PLEASE call a leader today!!! If you have recently enrolled and haven’t met with a project leader please do so ASAP! We have already started meeting so we are under way for the year.  Please be sure to enroll if you haven’t! 


You have 5 Beef Leaders this year!!! 

  • Melanie Duffin has been leading the project for a VERY long time! She has two girls that have graduated and now one son left in the project! 
  • Seth Halverson has also been helping lead the project for a long time! Three kids have been in the project with two left this year!
  • Craig Deboer has been a part of the project with all three of his boys and has been a staple around the barn! He joined the committee last year! He had one son left bringing steers this year. 
  • Kelly Pavlik is our newest committee member! She has four kids with three in the project.  You will most definitely recognize her from the pig barn!  
  • Annabel Morgan has been around for a few years as well, helping lead. She has two kids  in the beef barn! 
  • We are excited about our two GREAT youth volunteers Lizzy Brownell and Dakota Woodring. You will see them at lots of the workshops and around the beef barn! 

All of us are available to help along the way and we are all very excited for the year. Below is a list you have been emailed about the workshops! *non-mandatory workshops are subject to change

  • November 12th – Feed Workshop @ 3:00pm (Veltkamp feedlot) Manhattan MT
    • We will cover ALL things FEED, plus information on how to adjust feed throughout the year, vitamins & minerals, and some health & wellness too!
  • December (TBA) – Record Books, animal handling & project planning
  • January 7 : MANDATORY tagging and weigh-in
  • January (TBA): Health & wellness by Dr. Nick Johnson
  • February (TBA): Record books and project Q&A
  • March (TBA): Carcass workshop
  • April 14 : MANDATORY weigh-in & safe handling
  • May (TBA): Fitting & Clipping workshop
  • June (TBA): Pre-Fair workshop
  • July 16th – 21st: Big Sky Country State Fair


Beef Committee:

NEW EMAIL: gallatinbeefproject@gmail.com 

Annabel Morgan 406-580-9003

Seth Halverson 406-209-1178

Melanie Duffin 406-209-1978

Craig DeBoer

CAKE DECORATING  **new leader this year!


This project is NOW FULL and is no longer taking new enrollments.


Hello all!!

I am excited to be starting our journey into cake decorating this month. Our first meeting will be Thursday, November 2nd at 4:45pm in the Gallatin 4-H office on the fairgrounds. This first meeting we will not be decorating but discussing our goals and expectations within the project. I ask that parents be present for this meeting so we are all on the same page.  

look forward to meeting you all!


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




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


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. 


You must also enroll in the "Service Learning/Camp Counselor Project" on ZSuite. 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! 

  • Interviews will be held: November 14, 15 and 16, 2023 - SignUp for an Interview time here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C084DA9A92AABFE3-45069432-camp
  • We are planning to kick off the Camp Counselor project meetings in November – first counselor meeting will be Tuesday, November 28th from 6:00pm-8:30pm at the 4-H Office! More information to follow after interviews are completed.


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

CAT  **new project this year!


We are excited to get the Cat Project up and running this year for the first time in a few years in Gallatin County, and are looking forward to getting to know all of our new (and established) project members!  I've got a lot of fun ideas for activities for our project members, and maybe even a few that involve our community as well.


Our first meeting will be at 5:30pm on Wednesday, November 1st at Alpenglow Animal Hospital, 2401 Riata Road, Bozeman, MT 59718. I will likely have a couple of pizzas or a pasta dish and salad (please let me know if there are any dietary restrictions and I will do my best to keep them in consideration) for dinner, parents are welcome and encouraged to join in for dinner (and in project meetings/activities) as well.  Remember to mark your calendars for the 1st Wednesday of each month as we will generally have our monthly meetings on that day.  This is of course pending what works best for everyone though, since we want all who are interested to be able to attend. 


As an introduction, my name is Julie Oghigian (O-Heeg-ian).  I am a small animal veterinarian and veterinary practice owner in Bozeman who worked in the past for almost 7 years as a feline-only/cat vet.  Most call me "Doctor Julie."  We currently have a variety pack of pets at home, as is common with most veterinary families.  Our indoor cats, who belong to our 2 daughters, are Mango and Fidget, both neutered male Devon Rex cats (my super cat-allergic husband, Matt, seems fine with this breed).  I'm sure you will meet them at some point as they regularly come to work with me and ride with me during school drop off/pick up.  We also adopted a litter of 3 semi-feral barn kitties from the Humane Society- all black and white (I call them the "squad car kitties"), Thunder, Lightning and Flower.  That is in addition to our labrador retrievers who we compete with at a number of mostly AKC events, our horse Diva and 4 packing llamas.   


Looking forward to a great year in the 4-H cat project!



Julie Oghigian

Gallatin County 4-H Cat Project 

Cell (text is good too)- 714-206-4636


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



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.


**This project will be capped at 50 Cloverbuds. Enroll ASAP if you want to take advantage of this program!


Cloverbud Project meetings will be held on the second Wednesday of the month. We meet from 5:30-6:30ish once a month from November to June at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds (exhibit building TBD). You will receive an email a few days ahead of time with the exact building at the fairgrounds and a few supplies that you may need to bring. 


In November (Wed. Nov. 8th) we will do some fun projects and activities to help us learn about 4-H and what it’s all about. 


Don't forget to register if you haven’t yet. 

If you have questions please email Erin Neil at ehagmeier@gmail.com or 406-431-7205.


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.




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



This project is NOW FULL and is no longer taking new enrollments.


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. Due to the limited space at our facility I have capped the project at 45 members/dogs.


We are changing things up a bit this year and our first meeting will be held December 2 at 10:30 at Montana Murray Kennels, 25 Dollar Drive, Belgrade.  We will have a short orientation / introduction and then Ron Murray is going to give us a tour of the boarding and training facility. You do not need to bring anything to this meeting! I am looking forward to seeing everyone soon.


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. 


As always, please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!

Shawnna Taylor (406) 599-0869





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



Park County Vet Science Leader, Holley Woosley Vennes is offering a workshop on November 12th at 1pm at the Park County fairgrounds that will be open to any Gallatin 4-H Dairy Goat members to attend! We will be drawing blood and ultrasounding dairy goats. 


Questions? Contact a Dairy Goat Leader:

Cassy Mitchell 406-223-0146

Leah' Macdonald 406-220-3556 



Hello! My name is Gena Johnson and I'm the leader for the market goat project. We will be having our first meeting November 30th at 6:30pm at the 4-H extension office. It's a great meeting to welcome any new members, meet current members, project outlines and requirements for the year. 


Questions? Contact a Market Goat Leader:

Gena Johnson (406) 599-5920

Aimee Henry (406) 548-1031

HORSELESS HORSE  **new leader this year!


Greetings! I can barely contain my excitement to get rolling with the Horseless Horse Project! For many years of coaching rodeo queens, I have referred them to the 4-H manuals to grow their knowledge of equine science and veterinary science, and now I have the opportunity to help members grow in their love of all things horses. (We may even meet a few Miss Rodeo Montana's along the way 😉) Besides my years in the rodeo and rodeo queen world, I'm also the mom of 3 terrific kids, serve on the admin team of our homeschool co-op, just ended my inaugural season of coaching high school volleyball (whew), and love throwing parties for our travel hockey teams.


Our meetings will consist of games; visits from equine professionals; trips to barns, tack stores, vet clinics; and other unique opportunities to be around the equine industry. My goal is to schedule 1-2 meetings each month that will help you meet your project goals, either on Tuesday evenings or Saturday mornings.


Our next meeting will take place Saturday Nov. 18th from 10 am -12 pm at Epona Equestrian Center (4228 Springhill Community Rd) where Katie Kraus will be teaching us about the wide world of horse colors!


Our December meeting will be Tuesday Dec. 12th at the 4-H office where we will dive into the study of measuring equines and have an ag-related ornament exchange.


I'm hoping you can join us for other fun-filled activities and adventures as we embark on the Horseless Horse Project Journey or 2023/24!


Questions? Contact new leader Sarah Capp at (406) 539-4386 or scapp9999@hotmail.com



📣 It's time to kick off our 4-H year. Join us for our first meeting on November 11th from 1-3:30 pm at the MSU Miller Pavilion. All members and parents are welcome. You won't want to miss this meeting. 📣


IMPORTANT INFORMATION- All the main horsemanship clinics will be held at the MSU Bob Miller Pavilion. To attend clinics at the pavilion, each horse will need a coggins within 1 year and flu/rhino within 6 months. If we use the arena anytime from June through September, EEE, WEE and WNV will also be required.


Upcoming Events

- Horse Information Meeting 

You're invited to the first horse project meeting of the year on November 11th from 1pm-3:30pm. We will have some great information, games, and a fun time with Jenny Trainor who will be teaching us about horse personalities.


- 4-H Winter Horse Camp 🐎

Join us for the 4-H Winter Horse Camp. It will be on 1/1 and 1/2/24 from 12-5 pm at the MSU Bob Miller Pavilion. All horsemanship members welcome!


- Clinics 🗓

We are planning some great clinics this year. You can check the calendar here. Be sure to check back often for new additions and possible date changes.


- Horse Committee Meeting

Join us at the monthly committee meetings. Our next meeting will be November 14th at 6:30 pm. Check the calendar for dates and locations.


If you'd like to participate in any of the horse projects, registration can 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. 


*Look for the monthly email from the horse committee. If you don't receive the email, please let us know by emailing us at gc4hhorse@gmail.com.


Call Jessie Sheperd for more information!

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

This project is NOW FULL and is no longer taking new enrollments.


Hello knitters and crocheters!!


Phyllis and I welcome our returning members and many new members!  We look forward to meeting you at our first meeting on November 4 at Cafe M in Belgrade.  Our numbers this year include 8 knitters and 6 crocheters.  In order for us to be able to provide assistance to each of you, we would like to split our group for meeting at Cafe M.  Knitters would meet 9:00-10:15 and crocheters would meet 10:30-11:45. 


Both groups would meet at The Springs in Bozeman on the 3rd Saturday of the month 9:30-11:15.  


We hope this will work for everyone.  Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.


For those of you who are new to our project - our first meeting will be learning how to cast on and knit for knitters, and how to chain and do a single crochet for crocheters.  We have needles, hooks, and yarn; however, if you have a pair of size 8 needles or an H hook (5.0mm) you can bring them along.  I will have yarn for our first project.  


If you are a returning member, bring along what you would like to work on.


We will be filling out goals for the year and talking about record keeping.




    4 - Cafe M Belgrade (knitting 9:00-10:15; crocheting 10:30-11:45)

    18 - The Springs Bozeman (9:30-11:15)



    2 - Cafe M Belgrade (knitting 9:00-10:15; crocheting 10:30-11:45)

    16 - The Springs Bozeman (9:30-11:15)



    6 - Cafe M Belgrade (knitting 9:00-10:15; crocheting 10:30-11:45)

    20 - The Springs Bozeman (9:30-11:15)



    3 - Cafe M Belgrade (knitting 9:00-10:15; crocheting 10:30-11:45)

    17 - The Springs Bozeman (9:30-11:15)



    2 - Cafe M Belgrade (knitting 9:00-10:15; crocheting 10:30-11:45)

    16 - The Springs Bozeman (9:30-11:15)



    6 - Cafe M Belgrade (knitting 9:00-10:15; crocheting 10:30-11:45)

    20 - The Springs Bozeman (9:30-11:15)



     4 - Cafe M Belgrade (knitting 9:00-10:15; crocheting 10:30-11:45)

    18 - The Springs Bozeman (9:30-11:15)



    1 - Cafe M Belgrade, if needed



- Jeanette and Phyllis



**This project will be capped at 25 members. Enroll ASAP if you want to take advantage of this program!


October was our first leathercraft project meeting, but if you missed it that is okay!  The second leathercraft project meeting will be on Saturday, November 18 from 1-3pm at the Gallatin 4-H Office.  Please come with your ideas and questions for me.  I have a few really cool ideas for this new year.  Come join us and have fun!



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

PHOTOGRAPHY  **new leader this year!


Our first meeting will be: Wednesday, November 8 at 6pm at the Extension Office


PLEASE RSVP! (email tkknappenberger@yahoo.com, text (307)214-8336, OR go to the event in the Band app (link below)


This will be a short, but important meeting for us to plan the upcoming project year in a way that works for everyone. Know someone who is interested but not yet signed up? Feel free to bring them along.



In short, I would like to have everyone create two portfolios this year - one that uses your photography skills as an asset to your other projects. It seems that most of you also have livestock/horse projects, and several of you have a super fun collection of indoor projects. And a second portfolio that's all about your creativity and curiosity.



At this first meeting please bring: 

  • Personal list of photography goals and interests
  • A personal list of general interests and questions  - ie horses, wildflowers, leather craft, fashion, etc.
  • the camera you planning to use  - Any camera will work (& a list of accessories you may have ie. tripod, lenses, etc.)
  • A photo to share that you think is interesting - be ready to tell us why
  • Suggestions for a display or exhibition beyond what's required for Fair


WORKSHOPS: I have several friends and contacts who are professional photographers in the area. I have a couple of workshops planned later next spring. I'd love to pull in more, but I just need to know what you are interested in. 


LOCATION: We will also figure out a project meeting schedule. It seems most of you live in the Manhattan/Dry Creek/ Three Forks area. We'll keep that in mind.


BAND APP: In the meantime, I have created a Band in the app specifically for the photography project.  I'll post meeting dates and info there, but you can also upload your photos to albums there for group critiques at our project meetings. It's a private group. Here's the link: https://band.us/n/acac9djcT283W



ME: I started taking pictures and getting paid for it when I was 18. I took some classes in college, I've apprenticed, and I've gotten to work with some great photographers, artists, and publishers. I've also taught a few children's photography workshops where their work was published either in coffee table books or as a zine. I take pictures daily, primarily in the context of marketing, but also for documentation, portraits, and journalism. I've spent thousands of hours photo-editing, processing, and archiving. One of the best parts of my work is when the project requires a super-professional and I get to hire one of my photography heroes and then follow them around and take notes. The best days are when I get to take my camera out on my horse with no agenda other than capturing whatever captures my eye.
Questions? Contact new leader Tamara Knappenberger at tkknappenberger@yahoo.com


Welcome to the new 4-H year! Thank you to everyone who attended our open house workshop in October.  Our next workshop will be held on November 9, 2023 from 6:30 to 8:00pm at the Fairgrounds in Bozeman.  Remember to enroll in the project as soon as possible and to mark your calendars for the second Thursday of each month as we will generally have our monthly meetings on that day.  The deadline to be enrolled in market part of the poultry project will be January 1, 2024. 


NEW THIS YEAR: The poultry project will also be using a different email address (poultrygallatin@gmail.com) to send out our monthly reminders and information from the project.  Please mark this email address safe in your email box to avoid information delays. 


Reminder: The poultry project will so be participating in the MSU Concessions for the Bobcat football game on November 4, 2023 from 10am to 4pm.  Thank you to those who have signed up to help! 


Upcoming workshop dates:  December 14, 2023 / January 11, 2024 / February 8, 2024/ March 14, 2024 and April 11, 2024


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!


Welcome to the Rabbit Project! My name is Monica Samson and I am taking over as the rabbit project leader this year. My daughter and I have been in the rabbit project for the last seven years and we are excited to get year eight under way.  Our meetings are held every third Thursday of the month at the fairgrounds at 6pm. Rabbits are always welcome if they are feeling well. Please leave sick rabbits at home.


Dates to Remember:


November 4th:  Big Sky Rabbit Habbit (rabbit show in Helena)

New and returning members are encouraged to attend this ARBA sanctioned show in Helena. Show your rabbits or just show up to see the variety of quality rabbits we have in our area. This is also a great place to meet breeders if you are looking to buy a rabbit. This show counts as a workshop if you show your rabbit. Photo and short paragraph required as proof.


November 16th: First Meeting @ 6pm - we will be going over requirements for the year, answering questions, and getting to know our newest members


December 2nd: Cotton Candy at the Christmas Stroll

This is our one and only fundraiser for the year. It helps pay for our judges for shows, prizes, and rent for meeting spaces. Please make time in your schedule to help out for two hours during the Christmas Stroll. There will be no meeting in December, so please come and help out.



Monica Samson 406-399-1866 samsonwm98@gmail.com 

Cody Brownell 406-209-4183 

This project is NOW FULL and is no longer taking new enrollments.


The next meeting will be on Thursday, November 2nd from 6:30pm-8:30pm in the MSU Norm Asbjornson Hall on campus. Be watching your email for updates on meeting dates, times and location.


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


Hi! I'm Laura Fisher, the leader of the sewing project for the second year. If you are interested in sewing, sign up for this project! We had so much fun last year creating patterns and designing bags that members entered in the fair.


This year, I'd like to support beginning  and intermediate students with their projects. In order to assist at each level, we'll start with the beginning students November-January and then bring in all members to work together on more intermediate skills from February-June. 


The first meeting will be November 15 from 5-7pm. Moving forward, we'll meet the second Wednesday of each month at my sewing studio, 2015 Lea Ave in Bozeman.  You do not need your own machine, but it is helpful.


November-January - Sewing level 1 members only

February-June - all levels


Looking forward to seeing you there! If you can't make these meetings but would still like help with sewing, just reach out to me. I'd love to support your sewing skills.


Laura Fisher

RevivALL Clothing





This project typically kicks off in January - get enrolled ASAP to receive future updates, communications and meeting dates. We look forward to working with you!


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


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.



Enroll in 4H Archery Today!

The 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. Exact shooting times will be determined with a signup genius in late November.   


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.


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 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   


This project typically kicks off in January - get enrolled ASAP to receive future updates, communications and meeting dates. We look forward to working with you!


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. 



Thank you,

-Swine Committee

VET SCIENCE   **new leaders this year!

Join the Vet Science project for our NEXT project meeting on November 8 at 6pm at the Gallatin 4-H Extension Office.


Park County Vet Science Leader, Holley Woosley Vennes is offering an additional workshop on November 12th at 1pm at the Park County Fairgrounds that will be open to any Gallatin 4-H Vet Science members to attend! We will be drawing blood and ultrasounding dairy goats. 



About the Leaders & Project:

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. 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!
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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