4-H Awards Night for Volunteers and Youth


We are in our final month of wrapping up the 2021-2022 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 26 at the Bozeman Grantree Inn. 


An RSVP is required as the meal will be catered. RSVP HERE: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C084DA9A92AABFE3-gallatin1.


Record Books: Our office mailed paper and sent emailed letters to 4-H youth who have been nominated for a 2022 project award. **If you received this letter, please make sure to follow the requirements and turn your updated record book back to the office for one more review by September 9th, 2022.


Even if you don’t get nominated, please remember that record keeping is one of the many skills we are teaching youth in 4-H. Practicing keeping accurate and updated records will help in your future projects and when applying for jobs/scholarships/college – be sure to update your records books with all your project information/financial records/ribbons/etc. up through the current date.


Achievement Journal: If you would like to apply for one of the Outstanding 4-H Member Awards- please complete this application. Email application to gallatin4h@montana.edu or print and drop off at the Extension office by September 9th 5pm.



You do not need to be receiving an award to be a part of this celebratory evening!  Come cheer on your fellow volunteers and youth! 

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.
2022 4-H ”Mystery” Summer Camp
Camp was a huge success thanks to our 60 campers, 20 teen counselors, amazing volunteers and Yellowstone Alliance Adventures Staff. 
Campers enjoyed decorating cabins, creating team flags, mystery-themed workshop activities (Invisible Ink, Mystery Food experiments, Police Investigation work, Escape Room/Obstacle Course, Mystery Messages), and a Dance!. They had fun on a hike, slip’ n’ slide, Zip Line, Archery and working to solve the crimes of our camp suspect “Sally Suspicious."
4-H Camp included a Community Service project this year too! Campers helped make tie blankets to put into drawstring sacks with some personal care products that will later be donated to children in need.
We are already looking forward to next year!
The new 4-H Year begins on October 1st, 2022
Enrollment will be completed online through https://4h.zsuite.org/
Returning Youth Members and Volunteers will re-enroll through their existing ZSuite account and reselect your projects and clubs for the new 4-H Year. 
"Montana 4-H is the youth development program of MSU Extension It is the largest out-of-school youth development program in the state, reaching nearly 20,000 youth in all 56 counties each year. 4-H offers more than 200 different projects and experiences that actively engage youth in learning and having fun. These projects rely on trained adult volunteers who work with youth as partners in hands-on learning. From learning how to cook or sew, raise an animal, or about conservation and robotics, 4-H offers a wide range of choices and opportunities for youth to learn and grow."
Gallatin County 4-H Membership Policy: The official 4-H program year is October 1 through September 30. Annual membership enrollment begins Oct. 1 and ends March 1st. Re-enrolling members should be enrolled by Oct. 31st. Starting November 1, a per month late fee will be added to the enrollment fee. Some Clubs and Projects have enrollment caps and may close prior to March 1st. Enrollment fees are to be paid annually, plus non-refundable per project materials fees.
EVENTS                                                                back to top 




SEPTEMBER 3-4 State 4-H Working Ranch Horse Show (Vaughn, MT)


SEPTEMBER 5 Office Closed for Labor Day


SEPTEMBER 9 Nominated Record Books & Achievement Journals DUE


SEPTEMBER 9 Volunteer & Friend of 4-H Nominations DUE


SEPTEMBER 9-11 State 4-H Horse Show (Joliet, MT)




SEPTEMBER 23 Newsletter Blurbs DUE


SEPTEMBER 26 Annual 4-H Awards Night Banquet




OCTOBER 1 2022-2023 4-H Year Enrollment OPENS


OCTOBER 2-8 National 4-H Week


OCTOBER 13 New 4-H Family Info Night 


OCTOBER/NOVEMBER TBD Volunteer/Leader Training


COMMITTEES                                                      back to top


ULC meets the first Tuesday of every month, with our next meeting on September 5th at 6pm at the Extension Office. The Committee decided to have a July meeting instead of an August meeting due to 4-H Camp conflict and taking graduating seniors to colleges. 


The ULC Committee's Policy & Procedures sub-committee has proposed a new policy that would take effect in the 2022-2023 4-H Year. This policy was published for 30 days in August to allow for any public comment or feedback. See below the proposed Membership Policy that would impact the enrollment timeframe.

"The official 4-H program year is October 1 through September 30. Annual membership enrollment begins Oct. 1 and ends March 1st. Re-enrolling members should be enrolled by Oct. 31st. Starting November 1, a per month late fee will be added to the enrollment fee. Some Clubs and Projects have enrollment caps and may close prior to March 1st. Enrollment fees are to be paid annually, plus non-refundable per project materials fees."
The six 2022 Scholarship recipients and graduating seniors were recognized during Fair during the Market Sale (July 22nd) and during the Senior Recognition Ceremony (July 24th). Congratulations seniors and good luck to you as you start your first semester of college this fall!
The next Gallatin 4-H Foundation meeting  will be held in either September or October on the 4th Thursday of the month at the Extension Office @ 6pm. This committee fundraises for higher education scholarships and new clubs and projects. 

The Market Livestock Auciton was a HUGE success again this year. The 2022 Market Livestock TAB publication was in the Bozeman Chronicle and Bozeman News on August 21st and August & 25th. View/Download a digital copy HERE or if you would like a hard copy, there are 50 copies available at the office. 
The next meeting is September 14th at 6pm at the Extension Office.
CLUBS                                                                  back to top
Belgrade Pioneers Club

The next club meeting of the Belgrade Pioneers 4-H Club will be on Thursday,  September 1, 2022, at 6:00 at the Lottman's House.  If you have any questions, please contact Shelly McPhee - belgradepioneers@gmail.com (email), ksmcphee0315@gmail.com (email), or 406-595-4774 (text).

Dab Nabids


Questions, please call or text:

Belinda Nash 406-570-5585 or

Monika Johnson 406-579-3211



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

Dry Creek-Teens

The Dry Creek 4-H Club set out on an adventure to round out the Summer – zipping through the skies of Anaconda. We had a great day and would highly recommend this trip to any thrill-seeking friends and family!




This club meets in Manhattan monthly on the 1st Monday. The programming is tailored to 7th grade and older and we do not specializing in any projects just topics that teach advanced life skills, teen leadership and citizenship. If you have questions, please contact Kelly Pavlik 406-600-1016 or via email kelly.pavlik@barnard-inc.com


Gallatin Gallopers


Contact for club information: Cynthia Brewer 406-539-3806, cynthiab610@gmail.com

Gateway Challengers


It’s been awhile since we’ve been together and I want to remind you about our next meeting, which will be Monday, September 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Gallatin Gateway Community Center. We’ll be wrapping up this 4-H year and you’re all invited to come and share stories from your summer and your fair experiences.


Our new 4-H year begins on October 1, and don’t forget that we all have to re-enroll for the new 4-H year starting on that date. I hope you’ll all join us again for another year of learning and growing in 4-H.


Also, I wanted to update you about how AWESOME our Chicken Poop Bingo event at the Gallatin Gateway Birthday Bash went on July 30! Our club made $250 with donations and bingo entries, yay! We will have to plan this year as a club what we may be able to accomplish with some funds in our club account. If you know Amber Mauriello, you can thank her for getting us up and running on the bingo and allowing us to use her chickens, Cheep-cheep, Goldie Hawn, and Cruella!


Leader: Jessica Black



Manhattan Clever Clovers

We do not specialize in any projects but introduce the members to record keeping, demonstrations/ public speaking, parliamentary procedure and pick fun topics to learn about each month. If your member is 7th grade and older and they’ve been in 4-H previously, we encourage them to join the Dry Creek 4-H Club but please inquire if you are unsure what would be best for your member. We are also seeking an Adult Volunteer to serve as a co-leader to help organize/carry out for this upcoming 4-H year. If you have questions, please contact Kelly Pavlik 406-600-1016 or via email kelly.pavlik@barnard-inc.com

Saddle Stars


Club meetings take place the second Monday of each month, at 6:30pm 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   I   (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
2021-2022 Projects

We are in the beginning stages of planning for the upcoming 2022-2023 4-H Year. The Extension office will start sending emails early September with information on Enrollment, clubs, projects and volunteers. If you are interested in leading a project or club, let the Extension office know at 406-582-3280. 


Are you 13 years old or older?  Do you want to help younger members in the County?  Do you like to plan and put on events and attend retreats?   Do you want to be a Gallatin County Ambassador for the 2022 - 2023 4-H year?  If you are 13 or older and are interested in becoming a Gallatin County Ambassador, please complete the application and submit it to the Extension Office or Shelly by October 31.  If you have any questions, please contact Shelly McPhee at ksmcphee@charter.net or 406.595.4774.




Please call, text, or email Stephanie Lively with any questions. 





Thank you beef kids for a fantastic fair! We wish you all a great summer and bid farewell to our amazing last year seniors! Don’t forget to get your thank you notes out to your buyers!


Please stay tuned for next year. We usually start in late September/ early October.  If you are new and have questions please call one of our leaders!



Email Ginny Francis ginnyfrancis@yahoo.com or Kelley gklerwick@gmail.com for further details and location details.


We will be kicking off the 2022-2023 Camp Counselor project in October! Be watching your email, text, and Band app for additional information.  If you have any questions, please contact Shelly McPhee - ksmcphee0315@gmail.com (email), gallatincamp@gmail.com (email), or 406-595-4774 (text).


Any questions please call Shawna Oostema at 406-580-7819 fcclashawna@hotmail.com


So many Cloverbud submissions to the Indoor Building! We hope you learned a lot, had fun and met some new friends! Great job at fair!


We meet at the fairgrounds on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 5:30-6:30. An email about the upcoming meeting is sent the Monday before. If you have questions please Email Erin Neil at ehagmeier@gmail.com.


Please call, text, or email Stephanie Lively with any questions. 





Any questions please call project leaders Shawna Oostema (406) 580-7819 or Cassie Smieja (406) 539-3833.



No Update. Great job at Fair!


Leah' Macdonald 406-220-3556 

Char Seger 815-980-0888   Caitlynn Seger 406-404-0707

Gena Johnson 406-599-5920


If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us! Gena (406) 599-5920 Amy (406) 209-2720  Aimee(406) 548-1031



Hi Horse Project Members, 


Another successful 4H year is now wrapping up.  It was so exciting to see the progress each of you made with your horse this year at the 2022 Big Sky Country Fair!  Click here to see High Points and  Class Placings.  Thank you to all the volunteers, clinicians, judges, parents, and sponsors who helped make it happen....And special thanks to Williams Plumbing for the awesome sponsorship of hoodies for every participant, ribbons and buckles!  


We hope to see many of you at the WRH Finals on September 3-4 or at the State Horse Show on September 9-11.  Registration for the State Show closes September 6th and is open to ALL who showed in the county show.  These events are always a ton of fun and are another great opportunity for members to show off their skills!  See the links below for more information.  


State Horse Show - Montana 4H - Montana State University Extension | Montana State University


Working Ranch Horse Finals - Montana 4H - Montana State University Extension | Montana State University


Lastly, don't forget the Gallatin County 4H Awards Banquet on Monday, September 26!  Many of you have been nominated for Record Book Awards, so be sure to update your record book and return it to the extension office by September 9th to be considered. 



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

Jackie Jones- Twister Leader 406-579-9373 jackjones59714@gmail.com 


Greetings knitters and crocheters!


We will be meeting at Cafe M in Belgrade, 9:30 - 11:15 on the first and third Saturday morning (depending on what our 4-Hers want for dates to meet). Our first meeting will be a get-together, the 4-Hers should bring their past projects and ones they are currently doing, their goals -- if they have them already thought up --, this past year's record books so we can all go over the pros and cons of how best to keep them up to date, etc.  


Our first get-together will be the official date to get enrolled -- October 1.  By getting together then, the 4-Hers can make sure Jeanette and I are on the same page they are on and also they can help us brainstorm how to get more knitters and crocheters.  


- Jeanette and Phyllis


Be watching Band for more information!  If you have any questions, please contact Shelly McPhee - ksmcphee0315@gmail.com (email), gallatindle@gmail.com (email), or 406-595-4774 (text).

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

Please reach out to one of our committee members with any questions you may have.

Cody and Amy Brownell 406-209-4183 406-209-2720 

Monica Samson 406-399-1866 



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

Barbie Huber: 406-599-5950; barbiehuber@hotmail.com;      

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



Committee Members:

Craig Carr-craig.carr@montana.edu; (406) 539-4338

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

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



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 are desperately in need of assistance in archery and shotgun.  In order for us to provide a safe and educational experience, we need your help.  Please consider becoming a leader.  More information on leader trainings will made available as it is received. Please plan to attend.  For more information, please contact Scott Francis – 581-6845.


Questions: Contact the following leaders

Archery – VOLUNTEER NEEDED FOR 2022-2023

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


We have set up a Parent & Member Remind text group for project-related correspondence https://www.remind.com/join/834dbc. They're short and sweet but you must opt-in, we will not add you and can choose to opt-out at a later date if needed. 


-The Leaders of the Swine Squad

Travis Collins, Lindsay Herron, Kelly Pavlik, Merle Farrier, Lee Nuss, Eric Johnson, Cory Taylor, Sarah Bailey and Libbie Oram



Questions? Reach out to Monika Johnson 406-579-3211

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

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