National 4-H Week

4-H Awards Night for Volunteers and Youth!


We are still in our final days of wrapping up the 2020-2021 4-H year and want to invite families to celebrate the closing of the 4-H year to the Youth and Volunteer Awards Night on Monday, September 27 at the Bozeman Grantree Inn.  

The main course will be:  Mesquite Chicken or Pulled Pork on Buns with Baked Beans, Bacon Potato Salad, Red Delicious Apple Slaw.  

Families with the last name A-L please bring a dessert to share.  If it needs a serving utensil, please bring that as well.  

Families with last name M-Z will bring dessert next year.  


An RSVP is required as the meal will be catered. 


To contact Gallatin County 4-H email

Nominate A Volunteer: 4-H Volunteers are so important each year to hold meetings, organize events, pass on their talent and knowledge, work behind the scenes, make time for helping youth and families in 4-H, and so much more.  If you have worked with a volunteer or noticed what they did to make 4-H better, please take a moment to nominate them!

Nominate a Friend of 4-H:  We are grateful for many organizations, businesses, and even community members to make 4-H successful each year (not only at fair).  If you have worked with someone this past year and would like to nominate them for recognition at awards night- please complete the electronic nomination.

Eleven Gallatin County 4-Hers attended the Montana 4- H Congress held on the Montana State University campus in July.  They participated in workshops, contests, and connected with other 4-Hers from across the state.

Four of our members qualified to attend National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Georgia this coming November!   Cora Pruitt qualified with her Illustrated Talk, Erica Berger qualified with her Speech, Lori Marx qualified in Career Communications, and Erica Hastings qualified in Stir Ups!  Mariah McPhee also qualified at the 2020 Montana 4-H Congress with her speech. Congratulations to these 4-Hers!  We wish them the best at the National Competition!
EVENTS                                                                back to top 
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September 9: Record Books Due
September 14: ULC Meeting
September 23: Newsletter Blurbs Due
September 27: Awards Night Banquet
September 29: New Family Info Night
October 1: 4-H Re-inrollment and new member enrollment opens!
October 3-9: National 4-H Week! "Find Your Spark"
October 22-24: Fall Leadership Training
Fall Leadership Traning
Friday October 22- Sunday October 24, 2021
Billings Hotel and Convention Center, Billings MT

Registration cost is $175, including lodging (2 to a room) meals Saturday and Sunday Breakfast and program costs.  Adult chaperones will have lodging options during registration. 
Those participants interested in attending need to register using Zsuites. Please contact your MSU County Extension office for specific registration requirements and deadlines.
Registration and check-in 3:30-5:30pm Friday evening
Opening Program 6:00 PM Friday evening
Wrap up program after breakfast approx. 10:30 AM Sunday morning.
Youth participants must be 14 on or before October 1, 2021 and volunteer chaperones must be at least 21 and a certified volunteer.
National 4-H Week! Oct 3-9, 2021
Take advantage of this important week to highlight the remarkable 4‑H youth in your communities and showcase the incredible experiences that 4‑H offers young people. 
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The 2021 Camp Counselors and Directors


Ryan Baeth, Eva Grave, Jessee Kapinos, Case Kruse, Clayton Kruse, Lori Marx, Mariah McPhee, Ruby Pruitt, Cora Pruitt, Erin Revenaugh, Sydney Revenaugh, Grace Simser, Lane Smart, Sophie Stewart, Rynna Vaughn, Grace Veltkamp, Sam Veltkamp, Jeana Marx, Kerri Marx, Shelly McPhee, and Millie Veltkamp 




Thank you also to all who donated to our fundraisers and our sponsors!


The 2021 Around the World Gallatin County 4-H camp is in the books!  


17 counselors led over 70 campers around the world exploring foods, games, pinata making, archery, zipline, go karts, and more at the Yellowstone Alliance Adventures! Friends were made, songs were sang, and laughter was heard for miles around!


Thank you to the chaperones, Nurse Rachel, and JaNaie for all of your help!  We couldn't have done it without you!

COMMITTEES                                                      back to top

Thank you to everyone who volunteered and participated in the fair!  If you have any ideas for next year's fair, please let us know.

We will be asking for volunteers to be on the Indoor Fair Committee.  If you're a project leader, we'd appreciate your help with in this area!


The 2021 4-H camp was held at the YAA the 1st week in August and a fun time was had by all!  Thank you to our counselors, chaperones, JaNaie and our director team!


Record books and achievement journals will be due back to the Extension Office on September 9.

We look forward to seeing you at Awards Night!


The Unlimited Leaders Council is looking for new members for the upcoming 4-H year!  We plan events such as Awards Night, Leader Trainings, Member Trainings, Fair Concessions and more!  We fund events such as Awards Nights, Communications Day, Stir-Ups, and more!  We'd love your help!  Please contact any member or JaNaie if you have questions or are interested:  Shelly McPhee, Kelly Pavlik, Kerri Marx, Anabelle Morgan, Millie Veltkamp, Tiffany Yung, Jessie Sheperd, Ruby Pruitt, Lori Marx


The next Gallatin 4-H Foundation meeting will be held Thursday, October 28th at the Extension Office @ 6pm. 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

Looking for 1 youth to serve on this committee!


Fair week was a success! Thank you to all the members, parents and volunteers that made those events possible!


Click on the link below for the digital version of the Fair Thank You Tab.

CLUBS                                                                  back to top
Belgrade Pioneers Club

The Belgrade Pioneers have had a good fair and a great summer!  Now it is time for us to get back to business!  The next meeting of the Belgrade Pioneers 4-H Club will be a bbq, pool party, and planning session on Thursday, September 9, 2021.  All the fun will start at 6:00 pm at the Lottmans' house.  If you have any questions, please contact Shelly McPhee at or (406) 595-4774.



I hope that you all have had a good fair and a great summer!  Remember that we are having our planning meeting for the promotion event coming soon.  Please watch for more options on Band. 

For any questions, please contact Shelly McPhee at or 406-595-4774

Dry Creek


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

Gateway Challengers

Our next meeting will be the second Monday of September, the 13th, at 6:30 pm at the Gallatin Gateway Community Center. We will not meet in July and August


Written by Maddie Black, club reporter.

Manhattan Clever Clovers


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

Saddle Stars

Submitted by Nicole Berger, Club Secretary
On August 21-22 Saddle Stars 4-H Club held a summer family party. We had a potluck
dinner, played some games, watched an outdoor movie, and had a sleepover. Officer elections
for the new year will be taking place soon. Our meetings take place the second Monday of each
month, and they start at 6:30. Our next meeting is Monday, September 13th. Contact our club
leader, Tamara Knappenberger, for more information.
Facebook: @SaddleStars4H
Tamara:  (307)214-8336

Shining Mountaineers

For any questions, please contact Patrick Marble at 406-570-5897

Willow Creek Wranglers

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

PROJECTS                                                          back to top
National 4-H Week
2020-2021 Projects



With enrollment a month away, it is time to start thinking about ambassadors for the coming year.  If you are 13 or older and are interested in becoming a Gallatin County Ambassador, please complete the application and submit it by October 31.  If you have any questions, please contact Shelly McPhee a t or 406.595.4774.

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.  


Looking for a project leader this year to get this project back together!


Welcome and welcome back! What a great fair and sale we had! We loved seeing all of you do so well!!!   Can you believe it’s time to start again?! 


  If you are considering joining the beef project please be sure to come to our first meeting. Read below carefully:


Orientation and selection workshop:

September 26th @ 5:00pm at the Duffin Ranch, Manhattan. This workshop is strongly encouraged for any new students. It will count for one of your  three required workshops. If you cannot make it and you are new you MUST reach out to a leader for information about the new year.   This workshop is open to ALL beef kids MARKET AND BREEDING.  We understand this is before enrollment, but it’s important to be in touch with us before your pick out your steers and commit to the project. 


Klompien Red Angus will be presenting our first  workshop: 

This will be a fantastic workshop you won’t want to miss. The Klompien’s have extensive experience and knowledge when it comes to raising and showing cattle. 

Market and Breeding calf selection

Halter breaking/starting your calf

(Live animals will be at the event)

Question and Answers after each demonstration


Questions for for leaders at the end of the class. You will also be receiving materials about the project. New students please make sure your parents stay and watch. 


** Our meetings start promptly at the time listed. We allow a 10 minute window after start time, if you arrive past that window you will be unable to count the workshop for the year. This will be the case for every workshop.



Duffin’s corrals: 

Take West Dry Creek Road out of Manhattan. Cross the Gallatin River Bridge and continue going east past Central Park road about a half mile. Look for the brown metal gate with balloons tied to it. Follow the dirt road back to the barns & corrals. 


October 24, 2021- 4:00pm

FEEDING WORKSHOP- save the date on your calendar. Details will be send out closer to the event.  This workshop will teach you about nutrition and how to feed your steers from start to finish.  


IF YOU ARE A FIRST YEAR BEEF KID AND ARE NOT ON OUR EMAIL LIST PLEASE text your email to (406) 580-9003 so you will be kept up to date. 

When you sign up for 4H this year we need you to use a  cell phone number and email of an adult in charge so we will be able to reach you. This is how we will communicate so we need current phone numbers and emails.  


We look forward to a new and exciting year! Please always check the newsletters for our many exciting workshops offered almost monthly. If you have any questions please call a leader any time! Happy steer shopping this fall!! There will be no online options this year and we will only be offering in person workshops. 


***Our first mandatory meeting (non-workshop)  will be January 9th, 2022 for tagging and weighing your steers. This will not be counted as a workshop. Please save the date. Details will be in future communications. 


Seth Halverson- (406) 209-1178 

Annabel Morgan (406) 580-9003       

Melanie Duffin     (406) 209-1978  

Lee Nuss                (406) 599-0601


Any questions please all Shawna Oostema at 406-580-7819. 

Cloverbuds (Ages 5-7)

Meetings have concluded for the 2020-2021 4-H Year! The Cloverbuds project is a great way for youth ages 5-7 to get involved and introduced into the world of 4-H. Meetings include activites across all project areas to spark interest to inspire involvement in those projects when members are 8 years old. Know a Cloverbud? Encourage them to enroll in the Cloverbud project this upcoming October for the 2021-2022 4-H Year!

DLE - Ages 13 and older

I hope that you all have had a good fair and a great summer!  Remember that we are having our planning meeting for the promotion event coming soon.  Please watch for more options on Band. 

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

Dairy Cow

Any questions please all Shawna Oostema at 406-580-7819.

Dog Projects

Dog project meetings typically take place in Feb-July each year.  

Food Projects:  Cooking/Baking at MSU

We will start planning regular meetings for the new 4-H year in October. 

Cooking meetings will be held on a different night than baking this year!


Stephanie Grace 406-600-7935

Horse Project
Upcoming Events:
  • Working Ranch Horse Finals!  Group picture above!
  • Sept 24-26 Montana State 4-H Horse Show in Joilet MT - registration is  closed

Contact the Horse Committee at with any questions!  Good luck at Fair!

Call Kris with Questions: 406-539-3760.  Make sure to add to your safelist to recieve the email updates.

If you have any questions, please reach out to

Shawna Oostema: 406-580-7819,;   

Barbie Huber: 406-559-5950;;   

Judy Neiman: 406-599-0639;   

Shooting Sports

The shooting sports season is fast approaching for 2021 – 2022.  To be eligible to enroll in 4-H Shooting the 4-H member must be 9 by October 1st of 2021.  To enroll in 4-H, please go to this site,  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.  We are also asking that you make additional copies of the paperwork to be given to each of the discipline coaches.

  1. Shooting Sports Fee: $30 per shooting sports project
  2. The following forms must be completed and signed by the shooter and the parent or guardian of the shooter.
    1. Medical Form – Please make copies for all the disciplines the shooter is participating in, as they need to be at the venues.

To access the necessary paperwork, click on the link provided and then click on the bullet for Shooting Sports Paperwork.


There will be mandatory parent meetings for each shooting sports discipline. Please see the schedule for location and time.  The parent meeting will be held on Webex or Zoom


Archery - Big Sky Archery - Sundays
Date Program Time
12/5/2021 Shooting 1:00-5:00
12/12/2021 Shooting 1:00-5:00
12/19/2021 Shooting 1:00-5:00
1/2/2022 Shooting 1:00-5:00
1/9/2022 Shooting 1:00-5:00
1/16/2022 Shooting 1:00-5:00
1/23/2022 Shooting 1:00-5:00
1/30/2022 Shooting 1:00-5:00
2/6/2022 Shooting 1:00-5:00
2/13/2022 Fair Shoot 1:00-5:00
2/20/2022 Fair Shoot 1:00-5:00
2/27/2022 Fair Shoot 1:00-5:00
3/4 -3/6/2022 State Shoot TDB
3/13/2022 Awards and Fun Shoot 1:00-3:00
Air Rifle/Air Pistol - TBD - Wednesdays
Date Program Time
12/1/2021 Shooting 6:00-8:00
12/8/2021 Shooting 6:00 -8:00
12/15/2021 Shooting 6:00 -8:00
1/5/2022 Shooting 6:00 -8:00
1/12/2022 Shooting 6:00 -8:00
1/19/2022 Shooting 6:00 -8:00
1/26/2022 Shooting 6:00 -8:00
2/2/2022 Shooting 6:00 -8:00
2/9/2022 Shooting 6:00 -8:00
2/16/2022 Fair Shoot 6:00 -8:00
2/23/2022 Fair Shoot 6:00-8:00
2/2/2022 Shooting 6:00-8:00
3/4-3/6/2022 State Match TBD
Smallbore - Greenway Range - Mondays
Date Program Time
12/20/2021 Shooting 5:00 - 6:30
1/3/2022 Shooting 5:00 - 6:30
1/10/2022 Shooting 5:00 - 6:30
1/17/2022 Shooting 5:00 - 6:30
1/24/2022 Shooting 5:00 - 6:30
1/31/2022 Shooting 5:00 - 6:30
2/7/2022 Shooting 5:00 - 6:30
2/14/2022 Shooting 5:00 - 6:30
2/21/2022 Shooting 5:00 - 6:30
2/28/2022 Shooting 5:00 - 6:30
3/5/2022 State Match 8:00 - 4:00
Smallbore - Greenway Range - Fridays
Date Program Time
12/10/2021 Shooting 5:00 - 6:30
12/17/2021 Shooting 5:00 - 6:30
1/7/2022 Shooting 5:00 - 6:30
1/14/2022 Shooting 5:00 - 6:30
1/21/2022 Shooting 5:00 - 6:30
1/28/2022 Shooting 5:00 - 6:30
2/4/2022 Shooting 5:00 - 6:30
2/11/2022 Shooting 5:00 - 6:30
2/18/2022 Shooting 5:00 - 6:30
2/25/2022 Shooting 5:00 - 6:30
3/5/2022 State Match 8:00 - 4:00
Shotgun - Manhattan Wildlife Association - Logan - Sundays
Date Program Time
1/9/2022 Safety Meeting &  Trap Shooting 1:00-3:00
1/16/2022 Trap Shooting 1:00-3:00
1/23/2022 Trap Shooting 1:00-3:00
1/30/2022 Trap Shooting 1:00-3:00
2/6/2022 Trap Shooting 1:00-3:00
2/13/2022 Trap Shooting 1:00-3:00
2/20/2022 Trap Shooting 1:00-3:00
2/27/2022 Trap Shooting 1:00-3:00
3/6/2022 Trap Shooting - State Shoot 1:00-3:00
3/13/2022 Trap Shooting 1:00-3:00
3/20/2022 Trap Shooting 1:00-3:00
3/27/2022 Trap Shooting 1:00-3:00
4/3/2022 Trap Shooting 1:00-3:00
4/10/2022 Trap Shooting 1:00-3:00
4/17/2022 No Shooting - Easter 1:00-3:00
4/24/2022 Trap Shooting 1:00-3:00
  Skeet & Sporting Clays TBD  
  Competitions TBD  
Vet Science
Plan for the first meeting to be Tuesday, November 2nd at 6pm at the Extension Office for a quick meeting on what the project is planning!  Meetings will typically take place on the first Tuesday of each month. Monika ( or 406-579-3211)
JaNaie' Godin, 4-H Agent
Colyn Wiening, 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

(406) 582-3280 | fax (406) 582-3289 |  |


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