National 4-H Week

4-H Youth Voices

In 4-H, we believe in the power of young people. That’s why National 4-H is putting a spotlight on young people who are making a difference in their communities and creating opportunities at a time when the nation is facing multiple challenges. This page features stories about young leaders who are making a difference right now, tackling issues ranging from COVID-19 relief, to racial equity, to social justice and beyond.

If you or someone you know is helping your community or people in need, or if are you’re looking for some inspiration on how to help, let us know. Use #TrueLeaders on social media or FILL OUT THIS FORM to share how you’re making a difference. 4‑H may feature your stories and ideas below and on social media.

Check out the stories on the 4-H National Website:

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 familiarize yourself with the document on guidelines:
EVENTS                                                                back to top 
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MARCH 9: ULC Meeting

MARCH 19: Office Closed - spring break
MARCH 23: Newsletter blurbs due
APRIL 1:  Scholarship Applications Due
APRIL EVENTS with dates to be decided:
AQA, Communication Day,  and Stir Ups
All graduating seniors were sent an email with scholarship packets or you can follow this link to get the application information.

What is a Show Clothes Exchange?  This is a very exciting new event, sponsored by DLE.  A Show Clothes Exchange is an opportunity for all 4-H members to take their old show cloths that are too small for them and trade them for other show cloths that will fit for this years' fair!


What we are asking of you?  If you have cloths that you would like to donate, please drop those cloths at the Extension Office between March 1 and April 30. 


Our event will be held in early May and on that date you and your family will have the opportunity to come and pick out new cloths free of charge! We hope that you will participate in donating and are hoping to see you at this new event!

Another possible way to help out your community would be to donate a can of food along with your clothing items.

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Hello from the ULC!
If you, and no one else, were offered an extra hour a day, what would you do with it?
Some of your ULC members answered that they would swim or relax in the hot tub, clean with no kiddo help, read undisturbed, and sleep. What would your answer be?
The ULC is preparing for fun spring activities so keep your eyes open for dates and times. Events coming are stir-ups, communications day, and summer camp. We are working on the logistics but are confident these events will happen. Our next meeting is Tuesday March 9th at 6:00.

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 March 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:   
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Belgrade Pioneers Club

Hello Fellow 4Her’s,

We hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day. 

The Belgrade Pioneers’ meeting was held on February 4th, 2021, at the WB Ranch Arena. We did a fun team building activity where we were divided into groups and had to build the tallest tower with only dried spaghetti noodles and marshmallows. Our dinner was all about BACON! It was so delicious. 

The next meeting will be held on March 4th, 2021, at 6 pm at a new location on Nelson Rd. Our next meal will be chili bar. 

Please contact Shelly McPhee for details and if you are interested in joining our awesome club at 406-595-4774.

Submitted by Ezra Miller, Reporter

Dag Nabids

Our next meeting will be: Tuesday, March  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 is busy working on upcoming events. 

  1. 4-H Show Clothes Exchange

This event is so you can help out fellow 4H members! If you have old show clothes that you have outgrown, you are able to donate them to others who will be able to use them. Then everyone can come in early May to pick new show clothes that fit.

Another possible way to help out your community would be to donate a can of food along with your clothing items.

  1. 4-H County-wide Food Drive

DLE will be sponsoring a county-wide food drive for April - the month of service.

If you have any questions, please contact Shelly McPhee (406-595-4774).

Dry Creek

Our February Meeting was all about Survival. Survival skills that is! Parent Volunteers created the content and taught the kids with hands on learning. They learned now to Sharpen a Knife, Read a Topo Map & Compass, Tie Multiple Knots, Purify Drinking Water and Start a Fire.


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

Gallatin Gallopers

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 met in both January and February at the Gallatin Gateway Community Center to have their monthly club meetings. At the club meeting on January 11, we had twelve members present, and we worked on learning each others’ names by playing a beach ball game called name toss. Then during our meeting we discussed a club field trip for the spring and learned more about parliamentary procedure, focusing on meeting agenda. At the end we split into groups and completed a STEM activity called the Marshmallow Challenge. At the club meeting on February 8, we had twenty-one members present, and we played Peek-A-Who (or the blanket game) as an icebreaker. We brought our record books and discussed what we should be doing, and some people got the forms that they needed. After that, one of our club members presented an activity on horses, that taught us a bit about genes. We finished with snacks and games. Our next meeting will be Monday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m., and members will be presenting demonstration speeches.

If you have any questions contact Jessica Black (406) 539-0940 or

Manhattan Clever Clovers

In February the Clever Clover Members participated in a communications activity titled the Clever Clover Chronicles. Each team had 30 minutes to write a story about randomly drawn main characters, settings and objects. After the story was drafted, they had to tell the story in front of the club and the audience acted out the story. 

Our March meeting will be on the 8th and we’ll be learning about Bike Safety.


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

Saddle Stars

Submitted by Nicole Berger, Club Secretary


On February 8th, the Saddle Stars 4-H club held a Zoom meeting. We discussed volunteer and fundraising ideas. We also had several reports on club rides and clinics from the previous month. We started our mentorship program. Upcoming club rides are scheduled for March 14, April 11, May 16, and June 27. Club rides are in the indoor arena on Sundays from 1-3pm. We had 2 demonstrations at our meeting. We have a few more scheduled for the upcoming months. Our meetings take place the second Monday of each month, and they start at 6:30pm. 


The March 14 club ride will explore the Packing Project. This is a non-riding day, and is open to anyone interested in learning more about the Packing project. Sunday, March 14, 1-3pm at the Indoor Arena. Please RSVP below and dress appropriately.


Next club meeting is March 8, 6:30pm.

Contact our club leader, Tamara Knappenberger, for more information.  


Facebook: @SaddleStars4H


Tamara:   I   (307)214-8336 

Shining Mountaineers

The Shining Mountaineers Club monthly meeting was on February 8th. It started with an at-home scavenger hunt at the beginning of the meeting. After that, we officially started the meeting. We went through our minutes from the last meeting and over the reports. The recreation committee moved for a sledding party on the 13th of this month. After that, we discussed other events that had gone on last month including the hike, the legislative breakfast, leadership, and citizenship seminar reports. We then went over old business which was our record book help for our new 4-H families. We talked about our upcoming communication day and 4-H camp planning meeting. We finished our meeting with a short educational speech on The US national holiday National Freedom Day. Our next 4-h club meeting will be on March 1st at 6 pm on zoom.

. 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.



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.  


Bella is not able to continue to be the babysitting project leader.  Looking for a leader to hold meetings for youth in this project.  We request project leaders to provide a minimum of 6 hours to youth in projects.


MSU is offering a couple more virtual workshops. The next one is on 03/08/21 @ 6:00 PM and is titled Beef Cattle Production: USA x Brazil. This presentation is from Dr. Rodrigo Marques and is on WebEx.  Here is the link.
Meeting number (access code): 120 292 2714
Meeting password: VnhjtpWS346

The other MSU Workshop is Cattle Reproduction 101 presented by Dr. Carla Sanford on 03/18/21 @ 6:00 PM.  Here is the link.
Meeting number: 120 827 1560
Password: jSR7TMawN35

We will be having a Record Book Workshop which will be in person on March 21st at 4:00 PM at The Bridge in Manhattan. The address is 1085 Yadon Road. You will need your Bite into Beef book along with your My 4-H Year worksheets and your Animal Project Journal and Financial Record worksheets.  All of these can be picked up at the Extension office, you can print the worksheets off of the Extension website as well.

AQA (Animal Quality Assurance) is being offered in a few different sessions this year throughout the month of April. This activity is required for all members who are taking an animal for the first time and also must be completed again by first year Senior members. The dates and times and a SignUp Genius will be available within the coming weeks. Keep your eyes open for emails from with details. **Remember AQA does NOT count toward the 3 mandatory species workshops.

We are planning on holding our Spring Weigh-In and Showmanship Workshop on April 10th or the 17th.  We are waiting on finalizing the schedule according to Fairgrounds availability but keep these two weekends on your radar.  Please remember that this workshop is MANDATORY and you must demonstrate safe and adequate control of your steer in order to participate in the Fair.  This workshop will count toward your 3 required workshops as long as you are able to attend on the specified date.  More information will follow as it becomes available.  

Remember you should be weighing your steers regularly to make sure that your feeding program is on track.  We also have Senior members who are available to assist younger members and if you have any questions always feel free to reach out to a Beef Committee member.

Seth Halverson 406-209-1178
Annabelle Morgan 406-580-9003


Come join the 4-H cat project!  We will start our year off on March 17, 2021 at 4:00pm at the 4-H Extension Office.  We will discuss the project and learn more about cat breeds at this workshop. Please bring your record and work books to the meeting.  Any questions please all Shawna Oostema at 406-580-7819. 

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

Howdy from the MSU Philosophies and Programs in Extension class!
We invite you to join us for “Foundations of Leadership”, a Teen Leadership workshop covering the importance of communication, teamwork, and conflict management. This workshop will take place on March 28th from 3-4:15pm at the Gallatin County Extension building. Contact Shelly McPhee to RSVP today!
DLE - Ages 13 and older

DLE is busy working on upcoming events. 

  1. 4-H Show Clothes Exchange

This event is so you can help out fellow 4H members! If you have old show clothes that you have outgrown, you are able to donate them to others who will be able to use them. Then everyone can come in early May to pick new show clothes that fit.

Another possible way to help out your community would be to donate a can of food along with your clothing items.

  1. 4-H County-wide Food Drive

DLE will be sponsoring a county-wide food drive for April - the month of service.

If you have any questions, please contact Shelly McPhee (406-595-4774).

The monthly meeting will take place on the following dates:

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

Thank you to the members who came to our February meeting and helped us participate in the national dairy cow judging contest.  We look forward to learning about herd health, herd management and genetics at our March workshop.  Mark Tatarka will be our guest speaker for the workshop held on March 2, 2021 at 6:30pm 4-H Extension Office.  Please call Shawna Oostema 406-580-7819 or Cassie Smieja 406-539-3833 with any questions.

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


Workshops Presented by MSU Students this March!

Cooking Themed Workshop March 27 3-4pm more info will be sent to youth enrolled in cooking projects.


Baking Themed Workshop March 20 10am to 12pm more info will be sent to youth enrolled in baking projects!

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: 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

March and April 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. Please note several events had to be canceled in February due to weather, so the schedule has been revised!! Changes are highlighted for your convenience! 


March 5- Twisters Practice

March 6- English Horsemanship clinic (English and Western Riders welcome)  (rescheduled from February) Spring vaccinations available through Hardaway Veterinary

March 12 Jumping/Dressage Clinic

March 13 Working Ranch Horse Clinic

March 14 Introduction to Packing Clinic - Fairgrounds Indoor arena 1-3 pm

March 20 Colt to Maturity Clinic

March 26 Twisters Practice

March 27  Tri-Clinic:  Showmanship, Bareback and Trail.  Get prepared for Fair! You won't want to miss this one. (Original date was on Easter Weekend so moved up 1 week and switched from Fun Day to Tri-Clinic because of February's cold weather canceled clinic)

Other Reminders:

  • Sponsorships and Buy-outs are due by March 6.  Pay via check to GCHC or Venmo @GallatinCounty-HorseCommittee or email Toni Berger, Treasurer for more details  at
  • Vaccinations should be administered between February 1 and June 1if you plan to participate in Fair. Submit documentation to (Vet at March 6 clinic for your convenience!)
  • Be sure you are keeping up to date on your record books and meeting all your clinic requirements for Fair!  

Please sign up for the clinic coming up this Saturday! Forgive me for not getting the sign-up out earlier! Looking forward to some beautiful weather and great riding this week! See you Saturday!


Introduction to Packing with Jim Fryer

Sunday, March 14  |  1– 3pm  |  Indoor Arena 

Anyone with interest is welcome |  No Horse workshop


This hands-on, informational workshop is open to any 4-H member who is curious about the Pack horse Project, or simply packing in general. You won't need your horses, but please do dress for the weather and bring a snack. Kindly RSVP with an email and texting phone number to the Saddle Stars 4-H Club so that we are able to inform participants of any weather or meeting changes that might arise.



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: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 club will meet on  March 11h Thursday, 6:30, building 1 fairgrounds.  ****If you are in the Market Poultry Project, please come at 6:00 for an informative meeting on raising, selling, and marketing your meat birds.

Theme: Duck, Goose, Turkey 

Workbook 1: Pg. 6, Snood or Spur 

Workbook 2:  Write your own, fill out pg. 4. We will provide worksheets for you to complete and add to your book.   

Workbook 3:   Same as Workbook 2


We will have live birds at this meeting so be sure to come!!!

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


Hello rabbit project members! Hope all is safe and well. Our March meeting will be a video made by some of our senior rabbit members. You will receive an email as it gets closer. Please call with any questions. 

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

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
3/5 -3/7/2021 State Shoot TDB
3/15/2021 Awards and Fun Shoot 1:00-3:00
Shotgun - Manhattan Wildlife Association - Logan - Sundays
Date Program Time
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.
 Mar 22, 2021 06:30 PM
 Apr 12, 2021 06:30 PM
Todd Kesner

Q: Why do you never tell a pig a secret?

A:  They always squeal!


Spring has sprung and hopefully you’re getting your shelters ready and preparing to get your pigs! As a guide, we encourage you to review the information in the Swine Selection & Weatherproof Shelters Workshop anytime it’s convenient for you.  If you’re seeking credit for this workshop there is information on the slide show stating how to do so. ***this needs to be reviewed and completed by the tagging deadline of 4/21  to count as a workshop.


Other workshop opportunities this month:


March TBD Feeds & Nutrition w/ Rocky Mtn Supply – online/pre-recorded is still not available. We will send that out ASAP when made available to us.


March 25th at 6:30pm Sr Level Carcass Workshop @ Amsterdam Meats (in-person).


April 10th at 10:00am Pig Pool at the Dykema Ranch 4393 Wooden Shoe Rd, Manhattan see above flyer Must RSVP for your pigs by Friday March 26th.


Keep your eye on your email for additional updates throughout March. We will be sending our reminders for proper tagging and the upcoming deadlines. If you are not receiving these emails and would like to, please email us and let us know at We are also happy to add additional family email addresses to the email list too so everyone is in the loop.


The Swine Committee


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

Vet Science

Monthly meetings will be scheduled for the first Tuesday of each month beginning March 2nd from 6-7pm at the Gallatin County Extension office (enter through the door on the north end of the building).  Our first meeting will be in the smaller conference room. There is enough space for our members plus myself, to allow social distancing and abide by City/County Covid policy.  Please RSVP for your child’s(rens) attendance so I can plan accordingly.  If necessary, I'm happy to set-up a Zoom meeting for those that can’t attend. I always welcome parents' attendance at meetings but because this room is smaller I ask when signing up members they have preference; pending responses if space is available for parents to attend I will notify you the day before the meeting (either way), and will fill the vacant seat(s) on a first sign-up basis.  Note: our next meeting (scheduled for April 6, 6-7pm) will be in the larger conference room where both members and parents are welcome!  


The March meeting agenda will include an ice breaker, discuss surveys/areas of interests, guest speaker Theresa Aldrich from the Raptor Center will present via Zoom, and we'll end our meeting with a Zoonotic vocabulary game.  I'm still in communication with the venues I had field trips set-up and am hopeful that at least one if not two or three will open up to us this Spring/Summer but those visits will be in addition to our set monthly meetings.


Questions? Contact Monika Johnson at 406-579-3211 /

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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