Green clover with white "h"'s in each leaf, Cascade County 4-H Clover Connection and another green clover with white "h"'s in each leaf

 

CURRENT EDITION

Alternatively, download a printable version of the November 2022 Cascade County 4-H Clover Connection

Newsletter Scavenger Hunt 

Everyone who emails Allyssa (allyssa.peak@montana.edu) by Monday, November 7 with a description of the page containing the turkey symbol above will be entered in a drawing to win a 4-H themed prize. The winner will be able to choose from multiple awesome 4-H items. Please include the description of the page you found the symbol, something you learned from the newsletter, and the name(s) of the 4-H’er(s) to be entered in the drawing. Congratulations to the October Newsletter Drawing, Leah M. from the Eden Livestock 4-H Club!

Thank You!

Thank you to the following people and businesses who donated to the Cascade County 4-H program over the last month!
William Kessler
Wade & Marisol Schott & Family

2023 Greytak Calendars

2023 Don Greytak calendars are now available at the Extension office! Calendars at $15 each, and all proceeds benefit the Cascade 4-H Foundation. The Foundation purchases all project books and provides travel and registration cost assistance to all Cascade County 4-H members and volunteer leaders.

2023 Don Greytak calendar with a black and white photo of a person driving an old tractor inside an outline of the state of Montana with a 4-H clover in the corner.

Montana 4-H Volunteer Institute

The Montana 4-H Leaders Council is excited to announce the Montana 4-H Volunteer Institute will be held in Billings, February 17-19, 2023. The Institute will feature educational and fun workshops, networking opportunities, and an amazing keynote speaker from Utah Extension. The Cascade 4-H Foundation has funds available to help cover registration, lodging, and travel costs. Registration for the event will open in December.

Project Days

Registration for the first Project Day of the year is now open on ZSuite. The November Project Day will be held on Saturday, November 5 from 9am-12pm at the Extension office. Available workshops are below. Registration is due Wednesday, November 2, at 11:59pm.

  • Cloverbuds – 9:00-10:30am – Cloverbuds will join the Cascade County 4-H Ambassadors to learn about the beef project and beef products.
  • Poultry – 9:00-10:30am – Do you want to know more about chickens, ducks, geese, and other poultry? Come to see some original breeds and learn what it takes for basic needs to maintain healthy flocks and how to start the 4-H poultry project.
  • Horse – 10:30am-12:00pm – The Cascade County 4-H Horse Leaders are hosting a Horse Fair. 4-H members will learn about the different horse projects in 4-H. There will be information on packing, horseless horse, horsemanship, horse showing, driving, mini horse, horse judging, colt to maturity, green horse, and ranch horse.
  • Astronomy – 9:00-10:30am – Intro to Astronomy: Learn about space words like quasar and aurora and discover the magnitude of space. Basics of a telescope will also be demonstrated, and participants will also get an outline of the project milestones and find out how they can participate in a field trip after the fair in August 2023 if they complete the project requirements.
  • Cross Stitch – 10:30am-12:00pm – Intro to Cross Stitch: Learn basic cross stitch techniques and supplies. Participants will be given the supplies needed to take home a project to work on.

Upcoming Project Day Workshops

Project Day workshops are subject to change.

  • December 3 – Cloverbuds, Astronomy, Jacob Schott Memorial Beef Interviews, Sewing
  • January 7 – Cloverbuds, Horse
  • February 4 – Cloverbuds, Horse
  • March 4 – STARBASE STEM, Cloverbuds, Horse
  • April 1 – Cat, Cloverbuds, Horse
  • May 6 – Cloverbuds, Record Book Office Hour

There are still multiple workshop slots open. Please reach out to Allyssa at allyssa.peak@montana.edu if you are interested in leading a Project Day workshop.

Cascade County 4-H Ambassador Update

Ambassador group photo submitted by Kyona Yeager, Publicity ChairHi everyone, the county Ambassadors have been diligently working to try and make this year’s 4-H fun. National 4-H Week went great. There was an abundance of clothes donated, and we loved seeing everyone’s projects. Congratulations to everyone that went to Achievement Night. The Ambassadors planned Achievement Night, and it was a lot of fun. Thank you to everyone that came. The following weekend, the team went to Fall Leadership Training where we got to work with other people from different counties and our state ambassador team. It was so much fun. We stayed in Great Falls and visited the Great Falls College campus, where we had multiple fun workshops. October 25 is New Family Orientation, and we hope to see a lot of new people.


Tuesday, October 4th’s Ambassador meeting started at 6:16pm, everyone was in attendance. We immediately jumped into planning the next few Cloverbud meetings. The next meeting will be November 5, Seth, Victoria, and Kyona will be running the meeting. We also planned our Christmas meeting. We then started talking about our service project and we are going to gather hygiene products for the Rescue Mission during December. The club that gathers the most products will get a pizza party. Our other service project will be done in the spring. Victoria will be running our social media for the project. As a group we also talked about when we go visit clubs, doing a book caravan, and helping the clubs. After that we talked about prizes at Achievement Night, and Kyona was making a slideshow. We talked about when to be there and a group activity to do. We then talked about Fall Training and how to sign up. We also talked about New Family Orientation. The potluck will start at 5:30. Emilia then talked about the Foundation meeting, and we talked about clubs sending their members to the Leaders Council meetings also. They are on WebEx. The Ambassador meetings will be the first Tuesday of every month at 6:15. We also talked about Leadership Academy and the first meeting is November 20th. We adjourned the meeting at 7.

Office Closures

The MSU Extension Cascade County Office will be closed the following days:

  • November 8 – Election Day
  • November 11 – Veterans Day
  • November 24 – Thanksgiving

MSU Extension Internship Opportunities

Do you know a college student that would benefit from a summer long internship with MSU Extension? MSU Extension has multiple internship opportunities for youth interested in careers in agriculture, horticulture, family and consumer sciences, and youth development. Interns will gain professional experience utilizing nonformal education strategies by partnering with Extension agents to plan, implement, and evaluate educational programs for adults and youth in field offices. Interns work in county or reservation Extension offices under the direction of one or more Extension agents. Upon completion of an internship the student will understand the nature and responsibilities of being an MSU Extension agent. Available counties for this year are Fallon-Carter Counties, Lewis and Clark County, and Yellowstone County. The application can be found at Online Survey Software | Qualtrics Survey Solutions and is due by November 18, 2022.

Montana 4-H Leadership Academy

Join the Montana 4-H Leadership Academy workshop on Sunday afternoons in 2022/2023. The leadership academy is a network of Montana 4-H members interested in exploring and developing their own leadership skills while serving their county 4-H program in new ways. Each month the Montana 4-H Ambassador officer team members will be presenting a different workshop topic that they have found to be important as they have grown their own leadership abilities. This workshop should be paired with a local county leadership meeting to work on county projects that serve the local 4-H program and community.


Cascade County 4-H Ambassadors will be holding in person watch parties at the Extension office from 2:30-4:00. Snacks are provided! We will not be meeting in person on November 20 due to scheduling conflicts. If you would like to join the Zoom meeting with the State Ambassadors, email Allyssa at allyssa.peak@montana.edu for the link.

Leadership Academy Dates

  • November 20
  • December 11
  • January 8
  • February 5
  • March 5

Citizenship Seminar

Citizenship American flag button

Montana 4-H Citizenship Seminar is designed to educate and inspire 4-H youth as they learn and experience the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Delegates may participate in a mock trial, create and debate bills, meet with elected officials, and participate in a service-learning project. This year, Citizenship Seminar will take place in Helena, January 13-15. The seminar will conclude with Legislative Breakfast hosted by Montanans for 4-H. More information and registration will be available soon.

Foundation Meeting

The next meeting of the Cascade 4-H Foundation will be on Tuesday, November 15. The annual meeting and potluck will start at 6:00pm and the quarterly meeting will start at 7:00pm. Anyone who has donated to the Foundation is welcome to attend the annual meeting and potluck.

Leaders Council Meeting

Cascade County 4-H Leaders Council

The next meeting of the Cascade County 4-H Leaders Council will take place at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, November 8. Meeting participants my join in person or via WebEx.

What is Leaders Council?

Leaders Council is the governing body of Cascade County 4-H. They set policy and procedure, organize fundraisers, and fund many Cascade County 4-H activities such as Project Days and Camp.

When does Leaders Council meet?

Leaders Council meets on the second Tuesday of every odd month at the Extension Office. You also have the option to join meetings remotely via WebEx. Allyssa sends out the meeting information two weeks before a scheduled meeting.

Who can join Leaders Council Meetings?

Anyone! We are a public 501c3 entity, so our meetings are open to anyone who would like to attend. Voting members of Leaders Council are youth and adults enrolled in the Cascade County 4-H program.

Do I have to attend Leaders Council Meetings?

Attending Leaders Council meetings is not a requirement to be in 4-H, but it is a way for everyone to have a voice in the program. All Cascade County 4-H clubs must send club representatives to at least 2/3 of all scheduled council meetings to remain a club in good standing.

Shooting Sports Leaders Meeting

Cascade County 4-H Shooting Sports Leaders Council logo

The next meeting of the Cascade County 4-H Shooting Sports Leaders Committee will be on Thursday, November 3 at 6:00pm. Meeting agenda items include discipline updates and the budget proposal. Any enrolled Cascade County 4-H Leader may be a voting member of the Shooting Sports Leaders Committee by attending meetings. The 2022-2023 edition of the Cascade County 4-H Shooting Sports Rule Book is now available at the Extension office as well.

Shooting Sports Leaders Committee Leadership

Thank you to Stacy Bollich and Jeremy Garness for serving as Cascade County 4-H Shooting Sports Leaders Committee Treasurer and Vice President for the past 6 years. Both Stacy and Jeremy have been instrumental in getting the Cascade County 4-H Shooting Sports program to be what it is today.
Welcome to the following shooting sports leaders to their new positions on the Cascade County 4-H Leaders Committee Executive Board.

  • Tammy Lindley, Vice President
  • Jeff Lindley, Treasurer

Shooting Sports Instructor Trainings

Are you interested in teaching youth about firearm or archery skills and safety? The Montana 4-H Center has announced the dates for this year’s 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor trainings! The Cascade 4-H Foundation has funds available to help offset the cost of attending a training. Contact Allyssa at allyssa.peak@montana.edu or 406-454-6980 for more information about this opportunity.

2022/2023 Instructor Trainings
December 2-3, 2022 in Kalispell, MT: Archery, Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun, Muzzle Loader, and Hunting
December 9-10, 2022 in Havre, MT: Archery, Rifle, and Pistol
April 2023 in Billings, MT: Archery, Rifle, Pistol, and Shotgun
May 2023 in Logan, MT: Shotgun, Muzzle Loader, Hunting, and Western Heritage
 

Livestock Leaders Meeting

clipart of sheep, shicken, cow, pig, goat, and rabbit standing togetherThe next meeting of the Cascade County 4-H Livestock Leaders will be on Tuesday, November 1 at 7:00pm at the Extension office. Agenda items include voting for rule, policy, award, bylaw proposed changes and additions to the rule book and planning for the upcoming 4-H year.

Serving as a Horse or Livestock Leader

Cascade County 4-H Livestock and Horse Leaders are looking for adults to help govern the livestock and horse projects in Cascade County. Adults may enroll as a Livestock or Horse Leader from October to May. Leaders make and vote on rule and policy, plan the shows, organize educational workshops, teach, and much more! Meetings are held in January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, and November at the MSU Extension Cascade County office. Please call Rose at 406-454-6980 with any questions.

Jacob Schott Memorial

Photo of Jacob SchottThe family of Jacob Schott are offering a memorial award to a 4-H member enrolled in a market beef project. The memorial award is to go towards purchase of a steer for the 4-H market beef project. Value is up to $1500 for the purchase of one steer. 4-H members will interview on Saturday, December 3, 2022, from 10:30am to noon at the MSU Extension Cascade County office. 4-H members must verbally provide information on how they will train the steer, feed the steer, provide shelter, and any other information about their 4-H market beef project. 4-H members must be enrolled in the market beef project. Register by logging into ZSuite, go to the primary account Dashboard, click on “View All Events,” click on “Register Now” for “Jacob Schott Memorial – Market Beef Interview,” and register.

Poultry Project Day Workshop

The livestock offering for the November 5 Project Day will be “Getting Started with Poultry”. 4-H members will learn more about chickens, ducks, geese, and other poultry. Join Marie Powell, Adison Powell, and Tristen Short and learn about the original breeds, what it takes for basic poultry care, maintain healthy flocks, and how to start the 4-H poultry project. The session starts at 9:00am at the Extension office.

Market Animal Quota List

The processing facilities limit the number of animals they can handle due to space and staff. Therefore, maximum limits are set for market animals. The limits are 30 beef, 30 sheep, 70 swine, and 30 goats. Members must be enrolled and pay enrollment dues before added to the market animal quota list.

Important: If the animal quota has been filled, the 4-H member will be placed on a waiting list.

4-H members NOT entering the County Livestock Show may enroll in a 4-H livestock project at any time. This includes 4-H members entering the Montana State Fair or selling animals by private treaty, auction, etc. There are several ways to sell the animal:

  1. Cascade County 4-H Livestock Sale
  2. Private Treaty
  3. Livestock Auction Year
  4. Montana Fair (must place grand or reserve to sell)

4-H members can take any species as a project without the animal ever leaving home. This gives anyone interested in the project an opportunity to learn about one or more species. Please call Rose at 406-454-6980 with any questions.

Breeding Projects

Breeding projects will begin on October 1, 2022. Animals do not need to be in possession as of October 1, 2022. Contact the MSU Extension Cascade County office at 406-454-6980 if you need a new animal breeding book or have questions.

Beef Intent to Enter Form and Ear Tags

Beef Intent to Enter forms and ear tags are available at the Extension Office Electronic copies of the Intent to Enter forms can be requested from Rose by emailing rose.malisani@montana.edu. Steers must be in possession by January 1, 2023, and have the assigned ear tag from the Extension Office in the animal’s left ear. There is a $10 entry fee for each market animal. 4-H members may intent to enter multiple animals per species. 4-H members may enter and sell a maximum of two species at the sale. Species options include market beef, market goat, market sheep, market swine, poultry meat pen of three, and rabbit meat pen of three. 4-H members cannot sell two hogs or two steers. 4-H members must declare specie(s), be enrolled in 4-H, and paid enrollment dues by October 31. 2022. The Beef Intent to Enter form must include a full body photo of the animal showing the ear tag to that it can be read and is due Wednesday, January 4, 2023, to the MSU Extension Cascade County office. Late entries will be issued a $25 late fee per animal. No entries accepted after January 11, 2023.

Horse Leaders Meeting

4-H Horser Leaders committee logo

The next meeting of the Cascade County 4-H Horse Leaders will be on Tuesday, November 1 at 5:30pm at the Extension office. Agenda items include planning for upcoming 4-H horse events, forming a budget committee, and setting master calendar dates.

Thank You, Lisa!

Cascade County 4-H Horse Leaders photo with a working ranch horse 4-H banner in the backgroundThe Cascade County 4-H Horse Leader were led by Lisa Jassen with Tiger Butte 4-H Club for the last 6 years, serving as president. Lisa was very busy the last 6 years and began the Cascade County 4-H Horse Camp and Montana 4-H Working Ranch Horse Finals. She collaborated with other volunteers, clinicians, Extension agents, and Extension specialists to make the 4-H horse program stronger. We are very appreciative of Lisa and her leadership! Thank you, Lisa.

Horse Fair at the November 5 Project Day

The Cascade County 4-H Horse Leaders are hosting a Horse Fair on the November 5 Project Day from 10:30am-12:00pm. 4-H members will learn about the different horse projects in 4-H. There will be information on packing, horseless horse, horsemanship, horse showing, driving, mini horses, horse judging, colt to maturity, green horse, and ranch horse.

2022-2023 Cascade County 4-H Horse Rule Book

The 2022-2023 Cascade County 4-H Horse rule book is available at the Extension office. Please call 406-454-6980 or drop by to get a copy.

 

4-H CALENDAR


November
Day
Meeting
Activity/Event
1

Horse Leaders

Livestock Leaders

 
3
Shooting Sports Leaders
 
5
 
Project Day
8
Leaders Council
 
8
 
MSU Extension Cascade County Office Closed
11
 
MSU Extension Cascade County Office Closed
15
Foundation
 
20
 
Leadership Academy - No In Person Meeting
24
 
MSU Extension Cascade County Office Closed
25-29
 
National 4-H Congress, Atlanta, GA

 


December
Date
Meeting
Activity/Event
Due Date
1
Shooting Sports Leaders
 
 
3
 
Project Day
 
11
 
Leadership Academy
 
15
 
 
Enrollment Due for Returning Members
26
 
MSU Extension Cascade County Office Closed
 

 

January
Date
Meeting
Activity/Event
Due Date
2
 
MSU Extension Cascade County Office Closed
 
3

Horse Leaders

Livestock Leaders

 
 
5
Shooting Sports Leaders
 
 
7
 
Project Day
 
8
 
Leadership Academy
 
10
Leaders Council
 
 
14-16
 
Montana 4-H Citizenship Seminar, Helena
 
16
 
MSU Extension Cascade County Office Closed
 
16-17
 
Montana Legislative Breakfast, Helena
 
21
 
Volunteer Leader Training
 
23
 
Foods Festival and Stir-Ups Cooking Competition
 

 

February
Date
Meeting
Activity/Event
Due Date
2
Shooting Sports Leaders
 
 
4
 
Project Day
 
5
 
Leadership Academy
 
7

Horse Leaders

Livestock Leaders

 
 
8
 
Communications Contest-Night One
 
9
 
Communications Contest-Night Two
 
13
 
New 4-H Family Orientation
 
17-19
 
Montana 4-H Volunteer Institute, Billings
 
20
 
MSU Extension Cascade County Office Closed
 
21
Foundation
 
 
28
 
Camp Planning
 

 

March
Date
Meeting
Activity/Event
Due Date
2
Shooting Sports Leaders 
 
 
4
 
Project Day
 
5
 
Leadership Academy
 
7

Horse Leaders

Livestock Leaders

 
 
14
Leaders Council
 
 
17-19
 
MT 4-H Recreation (Rec) Lab, Culbertson
 
28
 
Camp Planning
 

 

April
Date
Meeting
Activity/Event
1
 
Project Day
4

Horse Leaders

Livestock Leaders

Ambassador

 
6
Shooting Sports Leaders
 
10
 
Ambassador Interviews
18
Foundation
 
20
 
Fashion Revue and Quilt Show
25
 
Camp Planning

 

May
Date
Meeting
Activity/Event
Due Date
1
 
 
Enrollment Closes
2

Horse Leaders

Livestock Leaders

Ambassador

 
 
4
Shooting Sports Leaders
 
 
6
 
Project Day
 
9
Leaders Council
 
 
29
 
MSU Extension Cascade County Office Closed
 

 

June
Date
Meeting
Activity/Event
1
Shooting Sports Leaders
 
6
 Horse and Livestock Leaders
 
10
 
JD Day at Camp
11-14
 
Camp
25
 
Record Book Office Hours

 

July
Date
Meeting
Activity/Event
4
 
MSU Extension Cascade County Office Closed
9-11
 
Pre-Congress, Bozeman
11-14
 
Montana 4-H Congress, Bozeman
16
 
Record Book Office Hours
28-August 5
 
Montana State Fair

 

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