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The monthly 4-H newsletter, "Cascade County 4-H Clover Connection", helps keep you up to date on all 4-H events and activities.

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JULY 2020 EDITION

MT 4-H Congress County Event

The Montana 4-H Congress is virtual this year! The event will be held July 6-10. There is an opportunity for an          in-person event on the evening of Thursday July 9 at the Cascade County Extension Office. This event is free of cost and open for all youth ages 12-19. The event will consist of a presentation given virtually by Jim Cain. Mr. Cain will be leading socially distanced team building activities. Youth may attend this event even if they have not registered for Congress. To RSVP please fill out the Sign-Up Genius found at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0B4EA8A82CA5FB6-inperson by Wednesday July 8.

Amazon Smile

The Cascade 4-H Foundation now has an Amazon Smile account. Amazon Smile allows for you to allocate funds to a certain organization or charity when you check out. Using Amazon Smile is as easy as using the normal Amazon site. Go to https://smile.amazon.com and choose “Cascade 4-H Foundation” as the organization you would like to donate to. All items sold on Amazon are also sold on Amazon Smile.

Outdoor Zumba Classes

Outdoor Zumba Classes will be offered at Centene Stadium this summer. The classes are open to everyone. Cost is usually $10 per person, but 4-H youth will only be charged $5. Classes will be held June 30, 7:45 a.m., 9:00 a.m., and 6:30 p.m.; July 7, 6:30 p.m.; July 21, 7:45 a.m., 9:00 a.m., and 6:30 p.m.; August 4, 6:30 p.m.; and August 18, 7:45 a.m., 9:00 a.m., and 6:30 p.m. More information on this and other events can be found at https://www.milb.com/great-falls.

State Horse Show T-Shirt Design Contest

The 4-H State Horse Show is holding a T-Shirt design contest this year. Resolution preferred is 300 PPI in a JPEG format. Please send your design or photo by July 17 to Ben Hauptman (ben.hauptman@montana.edu) and Karen Palmer (kpalmer@co.granit.mt.us). The winning design may be altered to fit the T-Shirt.  

Baby Blanket Service Project

Unfortunately, the decision has been made to postpone the baby blanket service project until 2021. This decision was made based on the inability to follow      COVID-19 social distancing practices and the availability of sewing and embroidery machines. The good news is that all the fabric is purchased, cut, pinned, and ready to go for next year!

Cascade County 4-H Ambassadors

Congratulations to Haley Tompers and AJ Leggett! They have been chosen as the    2020-2021 Cascade County 4-H Ambassadors. You may have seen Haley and AJ around at past 4-H events as they were both Ambassadors last year and are very active in their clubs and projects. If you would like the Ambassadors to attend your club meeting or other 4-H event, please reach out to the Ambassador Team Advisor, Keri Leggett at keri.leggett@gmail.com.

Montana Make It with Wool Contest

The Montana Make It with Wool District 3 Contest will be held November 7, 2020 in Great Falls. Entry forms are due to the District Director by October 24, 2020. More details can be found in the June edition of the Clover Connection Newsletter as well as at the Extension Office.

COVID-19 Cancellation Refund Checks

Multiple activities have been cancelled due to COVID-19. We are issuing refunds for Camp, Dog Obedience, Interstate Exchange, Shotgun, .22 Rifle, and .22 Pistol. Keep an eye on your email as you will receive notice when your check is ready for pick up. Please pick up your refund checks at the Extension Office during regular business hours.

Leaders Council

The Cascade County 4-H Leaders Council will meet July 14 at 6:00 pm. You will be notified of the meeting location closer to the date. Please be sure to send club and committee representatives to ensure everyone has a voice in program decision making.

Shooting Sports Leaders Committee

The next Shooting Sports Leaders Committee meeting is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, September 10 at 6:00 pm. No meetings will be held in July and August. Agenda items for the September meeting include grant updates, discipline schedules, Rule Book finalization, by-law changes, and more.

Shooting Sports Cancellations

If you did not catch the email and social media post regarding the cancellation of the shooting sports disciplines that were postponed this year, we are sad to report that .22 Pistol, .22 Rifle, and Shotgun have been cancelled. We are in the process of planning the best year of shooting sports ever, so keep an eye out for more information come fall.

Shooting Sports Rule Book

Have you ever wondered what is expected of you for Shooting Sports? We are in the process of making a Shooting Sports Rule Book, so all that information is in one spot. Keep an eye on your email for updates on Rule Book availability.

.22 Rifle, .22 Pistol, and Shotgun Record Books

Youth enrolled in .22 Rifle, .22 Pistol, and Shotgun will not be required to complete project book activities or Non-Animal Project Journals for those projects this year. All youth are still required to fill out a My 4-H Year. If you have any questions regarding what is required of you this year, please email Allyssa at allyssa.zoern@montana.edu or call the Extension Office at 406-454-6980.

4HOnline Information

Please make sure all your personal and family information including email, age, club, school, etc., is correct in 4HOnline in preparation for the new 4-H year starting in October. If you have any questions about updating information call the Extension Office at       406-454-6980 or email Allyssa (allyssa.zoern@montana.edu) with your questions.

Record Book Due Date

Record books are due to your club’s organizational leader(s) by August 20. Record books are an important part of 4-H and are required in order to receive any county awards. Record book completion resources can be found at http://montana4h.org/projects/support/record_books/index.html. If you have any questions about record book requirements, please reach out to your club’s Organizational Leader(s).

Static Exhibit Judging Event

The Fair may be cancelled this year, but the Cascade County 4-H Static Exhibit judging will go on! Judging will take place on Monday, July 20 from 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Black Eagle Community Center. We will be following strict social distancing and disinfecting protocol. We will be skipping the contests and small animal shows this year, but all other project areas will be judged. The FairEntry link to sign up for projects is http://montana-statefair-4-h-entries.fairentry.com . Sign up is open from July 1-10. A FairEntry how-to guide was sent in an email along with the 2020 Fair Book. Ribbons will be awarded, but no premiums will be paid. If you have any questions, please reach out to Allyssa at allyssa.zoern@montana.edu or call the Extension Office at 406-454-6980.  

Livestock Show Agenda

  • Tuesday, June 30: 3:00-8:00 p.m. is animal weigh-in.
  • Wednesday, July 1: 3:00-8:00 p.m. is animal weigh-in.

Note: Families may weigh-in their animal(s) on either day. Please choose which day is most convenient for your family. All animals selling MUST be weighed. Animal(s) that don’t make weight will be reweighed at the show.

  • Friday, July 10: all day online sale, sheep and goats show in the morning for both market and showmanship classes. Sheep and goats will remain on the premises until load out. 4-H Livestock Leaders will stay overnight on the premises and feed and water animals. Beef will move to an offsite location in Cascade County until they are loaded out for processing.
  • Saturday, July 11: all day online sale, swine will show in market classes in the morning, rabbit and poultry classes will be in the morning to early afternoon, and swine showmanship classes will be in the afternoon. Swine, sheep, and goats will remain on the premises until load out. 4-H Livestock Leaders will stay overnight on the premises and feed and water animals. 4-H Livestock Leaders will load out swine sheep, and goats on Sunday morning.

Note: All animals to come into the Pavilion “show ready.” There will be no access to wash racks. 4-H families will leave animal(s) and families will leave premises after showing the animal(s). Animals who were underweight on June 30 and July 1 will be reweighed upon arrival.

Please email Rose at rose.malisani@montana.edu for a detailed agenda with times.

Market Animal Weigh In

Market animals and meat pens will be sold per head or pen rather than by weight. Animal weights will be taken on June 30 and July 1 to make sure the market animals make weight, for buyer information, and beef rate of gain. You have the choice to attend either weigh-in that fits your schedule best. Weigh-in will be from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. on both days. Animals not making weight will be reweighed at the show.

Livestock Show Safety Restrictions

Since this year is unique based on COVID-19 restrictions, we will operate the show in a safe manner. The Montana ExpoPark and City/County Health Department (CCHD) have come up with guidelines to follow. Here are those guidelines from CCHD and Montana ExpoPark:

  • We will practice 6’ social distancing at the show at all times.
  • Families are asked to bring camp chairs and there will be no bleachers available.
  • A limit of 50 people will be in the pavilion at one time. 4-H members and one family member will be allowed in the pavilion. Large classes will be         staggered, and 4-H members and one family      member will be asked to wait outside until they are called in the building.
  • The Livestock Leaders will do a live stream of the show for other family members to watch safely at home.
  • Please wear masks as an extra precaution; especially in the show ring when exhibiting your animal. Show personnel will wear masks.
  • Please follow signs posted around the livestock     pavilion.
  • Do not attend the show if you are feeling sick.
  • The show ring and area will be sanitized after each class.
  • All persons must comply with the guidelines attached and posted. If we do not follow those guidelines, then the show can be shut down.

We will also follow the fair guidelines from the Montana 4-H Office. Email Rose at rose.malisani@montana.edu  if you would like a copy of the guidelines.

Livestock Leaders Meeting

The next Cascade County 4-H Livestock Leaders meeting will be on September 1 at 7:00 p.m. at the Extension Office. Agenda items will include the past year, past events, and rule/policy change forms.

Horse Leaders Meeting

The next Cascade County 4-H Horse Leaders meeting will be on September 1 at 5:30 p.m. Agenda items will include the past year, past events, and rule/policy change forms.

Cascade County 4-H Horse Show

It’s time to register for the 2020 Cascade County 4-H Horse Show on July 24 at the Belt Rodeo Arena at 644 Lewis Street, Belt. Registration will be held through FairEntry and the link is https://cc-4h-horse-show.fairentry.com. Judges are Faith Stevenson and Matt Rains (trail).

Cascade and Teton Working Ranch Horse Competition

It’s time to register for the Cascade and Teton County Working Ranch Horse Competition on July 16 at the 406 Arena! This is the second annual competition between Cascade and Teton Counties. It’s a great event to compete in all aspects (test, roping, sorting, patterns, etc.) of the working ranch horse project, and it’s FUN! Cattle will be provided by Todd Banner and our judge is Tater Erickson. Please return your registration to the MSU Cascade County Extension office by July 9, 2020. Forms are available at the Extension office.

AYP Host Families Needed

The Academic Year Program (AYP) is still moving forward as normal with the 2020-2021 school year and looking for Host Families! AYP delegates come from Japan, Korea, or a Eurasian country for one school year.        Delegates must attend public school. Host families do not need to have children in their homes to host but need to welcome the delegate as a member of their families for a year. More information about Montana     4-H International Programs can be found at http://www.montana4h.org/programs/international/yearlonghosting-opportunities.html. If you have       questions or wish to apply to be a host family, contact Stephanie Davidson at the MT 4-H Center at                 sdavison@montana.edu.

Cascade County 4-H Club Spotlight

Running Free 4-H Club

In April, Running Free met at Gibson park to do a virtual 4K run/stroll (with social distancing). This was a state posted event on Facebook.  We timed ourselves and posted the times to the state website. Brendan Hessel won his division at the state level! It was a fun way to get some exercise and see each other as this was during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In November (before COVID-19), Running Free did a community service project by spending a Saturday morning cleaning at the Toby House. This involved general cleaning, painting, and cleaning windows. The Toby House is hoping to open a crisis daycare for children. This was a great community service project and it was fun to be able to help with this project. At the end of the project, we each signed the volunteer tree, on the wall in the living room of this house. 

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