National 4-H Week
Greetings Gallatin 4-H Families!
January and February mark a unique time in 4-H, it sometimes feels like there is a lull in events, but these are the months that lots of planning begins towards big 4-H events.  Events such as Communication Day, Stir Ups Compettion, AQA, 4-H Summer Camp, 4-H Congress, and the Fair.  There is always needed help in each of these events!  It takes a lot of people and volunteers to make the events succesful.  While I wish I could predict the future and plan accordingling for each event, we are all hoping for the very best!  Remember to thank your volunteers for their many hours of getting club activities, project meetings, and events organized in 4-H.  
In order to make this a successful 4-H year for all families, we still have guidelines that must be followed at every 4-H meeting and event. CURRENT COUNTY GUIDELINES MUST BE FOLLOWED!  
Gallatin 4-H falls under the umbrella of MSU Extension and is a government program.  Please help 4-H families stay healthy.

Please familiarize yourself with the document on guidelines:
EVENTS                                                                back to top 
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FEB 5: Camp Counselor Meeting

FEB 9: ULC Meeting

FEB 15: Office Closed
FEB 19: State Shoot Registration Closes

FEB 23: Newsletter blurbs due

2021 Montana 4-H Shooting Sports Virtual Invitational

Please see the link    Make sure you are registered by Feb 19th!

The current rulebooks will be posted on the State 4-H Website at the following address:

4-H Camp Update!

We are excited to let you know that we are back on track, and planning 4-H Camp for 2021. Our 2020 counselors are returning, to finish what they started last year. Depending on how many are returning, we may be adding some CITs to our camp counselor team. If you are interested in learning more about being a camp counselor and the application process, join us at our "camp chat" pizza party this Friday, February 5, 2021 at 6pm.  We will have some fun games and pizza, as well as a conversation about camp. Our meeting will be at Battle Ridge, 123 Doe Rd in Belgrade. 

Camp counselors, and counselors in training (CIT) need to be 13 by October 1, 2020.


Hope to see you there. Please RSVP to Millie Veltkamp at or text 570-2554 by 2/4. If you have any questions, reach out to any of us.


Your 2021 Camp Team
Jeana Marx, Sam Veltkamp, Keri Marx, Shelly McPhee & Millie Veltkamp

COMMITTEES                                                      back to top

Our next meeting is Tuesday, February 9, 6pm at the Extension Office.  

The next Gallatin 4-H Foundation meeting will be held Thursday, March 25, at 6pm at the Extension Office.  This committee fundraises for higher education scholarships and new clus and projects.  We are looking for youth(ages 14+) to serve spots on this committee. 

Youth complete this application:
Market Livestock Logo

The next meeting will be held on February 23, at 6pm at the Extension Office.  

This committee is seeking a 2nd youth member to be a part of planning for livestock and the market sale during fair. 
Youth complete this application:   
CLUBS                                                                  back to top
Belgrade Pioneers Club

Happy Winter 4H Friends,

The Belgrade Pioneers met on January 7, 2021, at the WB Ranch Arena. We learned about Parliamentary Procedure. We did this by making trail mix. Club members had to use parliamentary procedure to add ingredients to our trail mix. This was very fun! Afterwards we took home our treats. Our next meeting will be on February 4th, 2021, at 6pm at the WB Ranch Arena. Our theme for the meal is BACON! Please contact Shelly McPhee if you are interested in joining our awesome 4H club at 406-595-4774.

Submitted by Ezra Miller, Reporter

Dag Nabids

The January Dag Nabids meeting was cancelled due to GCCHD COVID vaccination clinics at the Fairgrounds.  That did not stop the fun.  On Sunday, January 17 members gathered at Peet’s Hill for a recreational sledding meeting from 2-4pm. The sledding was good for our (H)earts and (H)ealth!


Our next meeting will be: Tuesday, February 9, 2021 6:15-7:15pm in Fairgrounds Exhibit Building #2.  Members will also be able to join via Zoom.  Note: An email will be sent out prior to confirm meeting details.


If you have questions, please contact either Belinda Nash (570-5585) or Monika Johnson (579-3211)

Daring Adventurers
Parents in this club!  We are looking for a club leader to continue this awesome club.  


DLE and the Teen Leadership project met for the January 10th Ambassador Training where Kent talked about planning and gave tips on creating Bust-Out Presentations. January 17th we met for a Leadership Project Training on Citizenship and then learned about how we can participate in the Legislative Breakfast. After that we discussed activities that would happen later on in the year. We also discussed getting polo shirts, including color options. Then we discussed what to address at the next meeting like future events and further planning.

We will continue on into the Spring with our Ambassador Training on February 7th at 2:00 at the McPhee's to learn about Presenting Bust-Out Presentations and on February 21st at 2:30 at the Extension Office for Leadership Project Training on Planning & Recruitment. If you have any questions, please contact one of the Teen Leaders or Shelly McPhee (advisor) - or 406.595.4774 (text - Shelly).
Submitted by Kaitlyn Pavlik

Dry Creek

Our January meeting was our club Communications Challenge. We were assigned a teammate, had to pick a brown bag and deliver a 3-5 minute Demonstration to the entire club on its’ contents - with less than 30 minutes to prepare. Each of the 11 teams had to make a poster as a visual aid and the demonstrations were judged by volunteer parents. It was a fun challenge to complete and helped us learn about how to improve our public speaking skills.


If you have questions, please contact Kelly Pavlik 406-600-1016.

Gallatin Gallopers

The Gallatin Gallopers postponed their January zoom meeting to Feb. 16th, 2020 at 6pm. Club/Project members had the opportunity to participate in on the ground horsemanship and riding lessons at Cedar Ridge Equine in January. The club is currently looking at dates for additional riding time and other educational equine opportunities. Members are encouraged to work on an equine related communication project that could be presented over our next zoom meeting. 


Gateway Challengers

The Gateway Challengers meet the second Monday each month at the Gallatin Gateway Community Center. All ages and projects are welcome. If you have any questions contact Jessica Black (406) 539-0940 or

Manhattan Clever Clovers

Our January meeting we learned about Robotics. We had challenges based on age and everyone had a great time.


For our winter party our club chose to go cross country skiing at Homestake Lodge. This was a great group activity, everybody got a lot of exercise and fresh air.  The lodge had awesome trails and food, they had skis for everyone. I hope we can make this a yearly tradition. -Colt Taylor, Reporter


If you have questions, please contact Kelly Pavlik 406-600-1016.

Saddle Stars

Submitted by Nicole Berger, Club Secretary


On January 4, Saddle Stars 4-H held a meeting. Our club succeeded in selling all of our calendars as a fundraiser.  Our club will be cleaning out our storage unit this month. Members reported on previous clubrides and clinics. Our club rides are scheduled for February 21st, March 21st, April 11th, May 16th, and June 27th. All of our club rides are in the indoor arena on Sundays from 1-3pm. Demonstrations have been scheduled through the next couple of months. They will be given during our club meetings.

It was voted that our meetings be changed to the second Monday of each month and start at 6:30. Next meeting will be Monday, February 8 at 6:30pm at the Bridge Church in Belgrade.

Contact club leader Tamara Knappenberger for more information.


Facebook: @SaddleStars4H


Tamara:     (307)214-8336 

Shining Mountaineers

    The Shining Mountaineers 4-H Club started the New Year off with our club meeting on January 4th. We started our meeting with a 2020 themed Kahoot game. We then discussed our secret Santa cards sent out last month. We began the rest of the meeting as usual, with reports and minutes. Next, we reviewed the new committees and their reports. Our recreation committee agreed that the sledding/hiking trip would be on January 23 at Pete’s Hill. Our education committee said that they will be having monthly educational presentations during meetings. We then talked about writing a thank you note for Billion Auto $5,000 donation. Then we discussed the Legislative Breakfast that would be on the 19th of January. We finished our meeting with an educational speech from Erin Revenaugh. The February meeting will most likely be on zoom at our regular time. Club Reporter, Erin Revenaugh :)

Willow Creek Wranglers

If you would like to learn more about our club, please contact Sam or Katy.

PROJECTS                                                          back to top
National 4-H Week
2020-2021 Projects
Our volunteers are still trying to find locations to meet as many locations are closed until a phase 3.  

We will continue to update families that are signed up in projects on details.


The Ambassador-specific training dates will be:

Date                            Time                            Topic     

February 7          2:00 – 5:45            Presenting


Leadership training/meeting days will be:

Date                            Time                            Topic     

February 21          2:15 – 4:30            Planning and Recruitment

March 14              2:15 – 4:30            Facilitation

April 11                 2:15 – 4:30            Service and Recognition

May 16                     2:15 – 4:30            Promotion

June 13                2:15 – 4:30            Reflection


If you have any questions,  please contact Shelly McPhee at (email) or 406.595.4774 (text/call).

Arts & Crafts

We have a possible new leader for this project!  We will connect with anyone signed up for this project and update with the next newsletter.  


Babysiting project will begin after the new year. Dates and times are to be determined. If there are any questions please text Bella 925-768-6167. Thank you all for being patient.


There will be a beef record book workshop on Feb 28th at 4:00pm.  Location at the Bridge Church in Manhattan (1085 Yadon Rd).  Make sure to bring your Animal Record Sheets and Project Books to the meeting.  If you have any questions please contact a Beef Project Leader.


Seth Halverson 209-1178  Annabelle Morgan 580-9003

Cloverbuds (Ages 5-7)

The leader will send all enrolled cloverbud members an email with a virtual meeting link and the simple supplies needed for the meeting.  My Phone Number is (406)431-7205 if you need anything or have questions. Erin Neil

DLE - Ages 13 and older

DLE will meet monthly December – June and as needed for events as they are planned.  The location for these events is dependent on number of attendees and the nature of each event.  The monthly meeting will take place on the following dates:

February 21  (2:15 – 4:30)

March 14  (2:15 – 4:30)

April 11  (2:15 – 4:30)

May 16  (2:15 – 4:30)

June 13  (2:15 – 4:30)

If you have any questions,  please contact Shelly McPhee at (email) or 406.595.4774 (text/call).

Dairy Cow

The dairy cow project is mooving along with our workshops for the new year.  This year we also welcome Cassie Smieja as a second leader for the project!  We have a very fun year planned and are excited to kick it off on February 16, 2021 at 6:30pm at the Extension Office.  Please come and help us participate in our annual Hoard's Dairyman judging event and see what is planned for the year.  Also, mark your calendars for March 2, 2021 6:30pm at the Extension Office.  We will have a guest speaker and learn about herd management and breeding during our March meeting.  


Any questions please call Shawna Oostema (406) 580-7819 or Cassie Smieja (406) 539-3833. Remember you do not need to have a dairy animal in order to participate in the dairy cow project! 

Dog Projects

Dog Projects typically start meeting in the spring, but this year it is looking like it will be shortened to May-July.  If you are planning to do any dog projects, please get signed up and pick up your project books at the office to start working on your activities with or without your dog!

Food Projects:  Cooking/Baking at MSU

Welcome to the new 2020-21 4-H year!  We are excited to get plans in the works for our project!  Due to the current COVID related restrictions, we haven’t quite figured out how to plan our year. As soon as we have a plan we will send out an email to all members updating you. 


In the meantime, work on your skills at home and take pictures to share with us at a later date.  Hope to see you all soon!


Please email or text me if you have any questions, Stephanie Grace 406-600-7935

Goat- Market Goat

Our meetings will be the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30 at the Fairgrounds in building 4! Future meeting dates: February 3, March 3,  and April 20th.  Im super excited to see everyone and to meet our new families!! If you have any questions please let me know! You will be required to wear a mask at our meetings, kids and adults. If you are not comfortable coming to the meetings or wearing a mask please message me to discuss a virtual option! Thank you! Amy Brownell 

Horse Project

February and March are busy months for the Horse Project, so mark your calendar and come out to horse around with us! Watch your email for details or email the Horse Committee at if you are not receiving details about upcoming horse project events.

February 6- English Horsemanship and Equitation of the Rail Clinic (Western tack welcome...we don't discriminate!) Assessments Available.  

February 12 -Jumping and Dressage Clinic 

February 13- Colt to Maturity Clinic

February 20- Working Ranch Horse Clinic

February 21- Twisters Optional Make-up Clinic

February 27- Reining Clinic 

March 5- Twisters Practice

March 6- Tri-Clinic:  Showmanship/Bareback and Trail.  Get prepared for Fair! You won't want to miss this one.  Guest Speaker Dr. Stacy Boswell and spring vaccinations available through Hardaway Veterinary

March 12 Jumping/Dressage Clinic

March 13 Working Ranch Horse Clinic

March 20 Colt to Maturity Clinic

March 26 Twisters Practice

March 27 Reining Clinic

Other Reminders:

  • Are you interested in Horse Packing? Interested members and volunteers should contact us at We are hopeful to offer a clinic soon!
  • Vaccinations should be administered between February 1 and June 1 if you plan to participate in Fair. Submit documentation to
  • Sponsorships and Buy-outs are due by March 6.  Pay via check to GCHC or Venmo @GallatinCounty-Horse Committee or email Toni Berger, Treasurer for more details  at
  • Be sure you are keeping up to date on your record books and meeting all your clinic requirements for Fair!  

Phyllis Lewis and I will again be co-leading the 4-H knitting group if you are still interested.  Our meeting dates are going to be the 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 9:30-11:30 AM at the Cafe M in Belgrade as this seems to fit everyone's needs.  


Marie Holland home phone  406-813-8467 cell phone  907-280-8085


Level 2-3: February 2nd at 6 PM
Level 1: February 23rd at 6 PM
Level 2-3:March 2nd at 6 PM
Level 1:March 23rd at 6 PM
Level 2-3: March 30th at 6 PM
Meetings are @ 327 Coulee Dr in Bozeman (House of Kris Brewer)
Call Kris with Questions: 406-539-3760.  Make sure to add to your safelist to recieve the email updates.

The poultry project had a great January meeting and welcomed several new members and leaders.  We will meet Thursday, February 11th, 6:30, Building 1 at the Fairgrounds.   The theme for the meeting is BONES!  

Please bring your workbooks/project books (yellow) to the meeting.   Level 1 books will be submitting worksheets and Level 2 will work on page 14, 15 Bony Bird.  

We will also make Valentine's day cards for Senior Center Citizens as part of our community service.  You are welcome to bring supplies, just no glitter.  Card paper, scissors, and glue sticks will be provided.  Please bring a pencil and crayons for workbooks and cards.  We also ask that you wear a mask to the meeting.  Thank you!

If you have any questions, please reach out to Shawna Oostema:     406-580-7819,;    Barbie Huber: 406-559-5950;;    Judy Neiman: 406-599-0639;   

We will meet in person on February 18, at 6:30pm at the Gallatin Fairgrounds. Future meetings: March 18, April 15, May 20, and June 17.  I will send an email detailing what our meetings will look like so we can meet the guidelines that have been put in place. Our meetings will be in person and NOT online. Cody Brownell 406-209-4183


Hello! It was great to see everyone at our first meeting! Below is an updated list of workshops.

2021  Workshops

Livestock Geneticist Workshop- presented by Jennifer Thompson, MSU

6:30 PM February 16th, 2021 (Virtual)

Genetics and Breeding Programs

Carcass Workshop - presented by Feddes Family Meats (Previously Amsterdam Meats)

6:30 PM February 25, 2021 ( 6680 Amsterdam Rd Manhattan, MT)

Discussion of lamb carcass qualities and meat cuts

Linking carcass quality and your market lamb project

*** Limited to 25 people; new members and those who did not attend last year will be given priority.  If there is high interest, we will also provide a virtual option.***

Care, Feeding, and Starting Your Market Lamb Project - presented  by the Sheep Committee 6:30 PM March 9, 2021 (Virtual)

Market Lamb Judging Workshop - presented by Hannah DelCurto, MSU

TBD April (Location TBD)

How to judge market lambs
How to organize thoughts and develop reasons
What a judge looks for in a market lamb and showman

Showmanship Workshop- Bring your lambs!!! - presented by Senior members of the Sheep Project

 6:30 PM May  20, 2021 (Gallatin County Fairgrounds)

What to expect in the show ring, strategies and approaches to successfully show your lamb

Slick Shearing Demonstration - Please DO NOT bring your lambs!!! -presented  by Senior members of the Sheep Project 6:30 PM June 9, 2021 Location, TBA

Senior Sheep members demonstration of how to slick shear your lamb in preparation for the show ring.

Craig Carr- (406) 539-4338

Ruth Carr-; (406) 539-4337 

Katherine Dawe-; (406) 581-6480

Zach Dawe-; (406) 580-4472

Scott Riffle –; (406) 600-4540

Shooting Sports

Questions: Contact the following leaders

Archery – David Miller – 451-9942

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

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

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

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

Western Heritage – Todd Kesner – 451-1207

Archery - Big Sky Archery - Sundays
Date Program Time
2/7/2021 Shooting 1:00-5:00
2/14/2021 Fair Shoot 1:00-5:00
2/21/2020 Fair Shoot 1:00-5:00
2/28/2021 Fair Shoot 1:00-5:00
3/5 -3/7/2021 State Shoot TDB
3/15/2021 Awards and Fun Shoot 1:00-3:00
Air Rifle/Air Pistol - TBD - Wednesdays
Date Program Time
2/3/2021 Shooting 6:00 -8:00
2/10/2021 Shooting 6:00 -8:00
2/17/2021 Fair Shoot 6:00 -8:00
2/24/2021 Fair Shoot 6:00-8:00
3/5-3/7/2021 State Match TBD
Smallbore - Greenway Range - Mondays
Date Program Time
2/1/2021 Shooting 5:00 - 6:30
2/8/2021 Shooting 5:00 - 6:30
2/15/2021 Shooting 5:00 - 6:30
2/22/2021 Shooting 5:00 - 6:30
3/6/2021 State Match TBD
Smallbore - Greenway Range - Fridays
Date Program Time
2/5/2021 Shooting 5:00 - 6:30
2/12/20221 Shooting 5:00 - 6:30
2/19/2021 Shooting 5:00 - 6:30
2/26/2021 Shooting 5:00 - 6:30
3/6/2020 State Match 8:00 - 4:00
Shotgun - Manhattan Wildlife Association - Logan - Sundays
Date Program Time
2/7/2021 Trap Shooting 1:00-3:00
2/14/2021 Trap Shooting 1:00-3:00
2/21/2021 Trap Shooting 1:00-3:00
2/28/2021 Trap Shooting 1:00-3:00
3/7/2021 No Trap Shooting - State Shoot 1:00-3:00
3/14/2021 Trap Shooting 1:00-3:00
3/21/2021 Trap Shooting 1:00-3:00
3/28/2021 Trap Shooting 1:00-3:00
4/4/2021 No Shooting - Easter 1:00-3:00
4/11/2021 Trap Shooting 1:00-3:00
4/18/2021 Trap Shooting 1:00-3:00
4/25/2021 Trap Shooting 1:00-3:00
  Skeet & Sporting Clays TBD  
Competitions TBD
Western Heritage:  
Winter Online Workshops.  Please visit for more details.
Jan 25, 2021 06:30 PM
 Feb 22, 2021 06:30 PM
 Mar 22, 2021 06:30 PM
 Apr 12, 2021 06:30 PM
Todd Kesner

Q: What do you get when you cross a pig and a centipede?

A:  Bacon and Legs.


February is here! This month brings lots of information through workshops that will hopefully help prepare you for getting your pigs in March / early April.


Feb 12th Feeds & Nutrition w/ Rocky Mtn Supply – online/pre-recorded


Feb 15th MSU Animal Science Workshop: How does live evaluation of Swine relate to carcass characteristics? – live online @ 6:00pm, not recorded


Feb 18th Swine Selection & Weatherproof Shelters – online/pre-recorded


Feb 24th Animal Health and Q&A w/ Dr. Nick Johnson @ 6:00pm and 7:00pm IN-PERSON at Building #1 at the Fairgrounds. We ask that you RSVP to attend so we can even out our #’s. Please sign up here


If registered, you will receive a “Welcome to the Project” email that includes this year’s Contracts (Market Livestock Contract and the Swine Contract), as well as the full workshop schedule, the committee contact information as well as some other project-specific information. Please note that ALL project-specific emails will come from this year, so keep an eye on your inbox as well as the Monthly Newsletters. We are happy to add additional family email addresses to the email list too.


The Swine Committee

Merle Farrier, Lee Nuss, Kelly Pavlik, Jennifer Hiester, Lyndsay Heron, Brad Heron, Travis Collins, Matthew Bates & Eric Johnson!

Vet Science

If you have any questions please call Monika Johnson: 579-3211 

JaNaie' Godin, 4-H Agent
Molly Yurdana, 4-H Assistant
Kari Ballenger, Extension Administrative Assistant

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Montana State University and the Montana State University Extension prohibit discrimination in all of their programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital and family status. Issued in furtherance of cooperative extension work in agriculture and home economics, acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cody Stone, Director of Extension, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717. 
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.

JaNaie’ Godin

Gallatin County 4-H Agent

Gallatin County MSU Extension | 903 North Black Ave | Bozeman, MT 59715

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