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 May 2021
Cascade County 4-H Clover Connection

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Everyone who emails Allyssa (allyssa.zoern@montana.edu) by Monday, May 10 with the page number containing the flower 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 page number in which 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.

Cascade 4-H Foundation Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the following current and former Cascade County 4-H youth recipients of the 2021Cascade 4-H Foundation Scholarship!

Jessica Banks
Ryan Banks
Molly Christiaens
Nathaniel Doyon
Korena Frantzich
Brendan Hessel
Anthony Matury
Jared Matury
Kellie Ober

The above-named recipients submitted impressive applications, letters of recommendation, and transcripts. They all have used the skills they have learned in 4-H to make a positive impact on their lives and the lives of others.

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Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

Hannah Doyon – Big Sky Explorers
Cameron Williams – Trouble Shooters
Teigan Brooks – Giffen Coulee
Anthony Matury – Running Free
Aubry Smith – Running Free
Carynn Fredrickson – Circle S
Brendan Hessel – Running Free
Cy Walsh – Big Sky Explorers
Treyton Hennes – Tiger Butte

Fashion Revue and Quilt Show

Registration for the Fashion Revue and Quilt Show are now open! Both the
Fashion Revue and Quilt Show will take place on Thursday, May 27 at the Extension Office starting at 5:00 pm. The Fashion Revue is open to all youth
enrolled in all sewing project levels and Cloverbuds. Fashion Revue categories include Traditional, Refashioned, and Home Fashion. More information on the categories can be found in the Fashion Revue registration. The Quilt Show registration is open to any Cascade County 4-H’er. Both registrations are due by Friday, May 14. Youth who are 13 years old or older and receive a blue at the Fashion Revue or Quilt Show are eligible to compete at MT 4-H Congress, July 2021.

Office Closure
The Cascade County MSU Extension Office will be closed Monday, May 31 in observance of Memorial Day.

Stir-Ups Cooking Competition

The cooking project committee needs your input!

The committee is interested in gauging the interest in a Stir-Ups cooking competition this year. The purpose of the Stir-Ups competition is for youth to prepare an appealing, nutritious meal that can be prepared easily by using common ingredients available in many homes. Youth can participate in this competition individually or in teams of two. The competition will take place at the Extension Office. If you are interested in participating, please fill out the  short Stir-Ups survey Youth 13 years and older who receive a blue at the county Stir-Ups competition will qualify for the state competition at the 2021 MT 4-H Congress.

Project Day

The last Project Day of the 4-H year will be held on Saturday, May 15 from
9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Workshops include Photography, Needle Felting, and Record Book Office Hour. Sign up for the May Project Day will be emailed and posted on social media about two weeks before the scheduled Project Day. If you are interested in leading a Project Day workshop next year, email Allyssa at allyssa.zoern@montana.edu to work out details.

Cascade County 4-H Ambassadors

4-H Ambassador applications are now open! The Cascade County 4-H Ambassador program provides opportunities for youth to represent 4-H through leadership and service at the county level. Ambassadors are a select team of Cascade County 4-H members that have demonstrated leadership in their clubs and who are interested in developing and refining skills to teach other 4-H youth about leadership, promotion, and service. More information about the Ambassador program and the Ambassador Handbook is available. Applications are due by 5:00 pm on May 14, 2021. Paper applications are available upon request.

Ambassador Eligibility

  • Must be 14 years of age AND a freshman in high school as of October 1, 2020
  • Must have been enrolled in 4-H for at least 2 years and be enrolled this year
  • Must be, or have been, a club officer
  • Must have completed a record book in the previous 4-H year
  • Must have a minimum overall high school GPA of 2.5

Cascade County 4-H Camp

There are still a few spots left for the 2021 Cascade County 4-H Camp! Camp will be held June 6-9 at Camp Rotary in Neihart, MT. Register for 4-H Camp by Monday, May 3. Registrations received between May 4 and May 14 will be charged at $10 late fee.

Montana State Fair

The 2021 Montana State Fair is on! We are very excited that the 4-H static exhibits have moved to the Harvest building. This building is much closer to the Dairy Booth. More information on how to sign up for the fair will be
emailed out within the month of May.

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Leaders Council

The next meeting of the Cascade County 4-H Leaders Council will be on Tuesday, May 11 at 6:00 pm at the Extension Office and via WebEx. Please remember that it is important that all clubs send at least one youth and one adult member to Leaders Council meetings to ensure everyone has a voice in the decision-making process.

MT 4-H Congress

Get ready for Camp Congress! We won’t be sleeping in tents or cabins, but we will be focusing on all the things that make 4-H Camp great, like being  outdoors, friendship and getting to know people, fun food, and just spending time being together with your 4-H peers. 4-H Congress will not look too different this year, but we are making some adjustments just to make sure
everyone stays safe. You can expect sleeping in your own room in the Yellowstone dorm, spending a little more time outside than we have in the past, a more casual environment with less sitting at tables and in chairs in a ballroom, working together in small groups, and wearing a mask and social distancing. What is important is we will be together and be able to learn,
compete, and build lasting relationships.

Congress is open to 4-H youth 13 years and older. In Cascade County, the Cascade 4-H Foundation helps to fund youth participating in state contests at Congress. If you have questions about whether or not you qualify for Congress, email Allyssa at allyssa.zoern@montana.edu.

State Volunteer Awards

Do you know a Cascade County 4-H volunteer that has gone above and beyond in their 4-H service? MT 4-H offers two awards to recognize these
outstanding volunteers. The Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer award recognizes individuals who have served as 4-H volunteers for more than 10 years. The Volunteer of the Year award recognizes individuals who have served as 4-H volunteers for less than 10 years. If you would like to nominate someone for these awards, reach out to Allyssa at allyssa.zoern@montana.edu or call the office at 406-454-6980.

Record Book Tips – Record Book Office Hour

Completing Record Books is one of the most important and intimidating parts of 4-H. Fortunately, Cascade County 4-H has many dedicated volunteers that are here to help! There will be a Record Book Office hour held during the May 15 Project Day. Stop by any time between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm to get answers to any of your Record Book questions or work on your Record Book. We will have paper, glue, and markers available for youth to work on their photo pages as well.

Award Spotlight – Tammy Phelps Fresh Start Award

The Tammy Phelps Fresh Start award is awarded to a first year Cascade County 4-H member of any age (no Cloverbuds). The recipient of this award must be enrolled in a minimum of two projects, have one or more state fair entries from each project, participate in one community service event, and have attended 50% or more of their scheduled club meetings. In order to receive this award, you must write at 500-word narrative describing your 4-H year successes and plans for the upcoming 4-H year. A $25.00 cash award is presented to the winner during Achievement Night. If you are interested in being nominated for this award, ask your club’s Organizational Leader what you need to complete.

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Shooting Sports Leaders

The next meeting of the Cascade County 4-H Shooting Sports Leaders  Committee will take place on Thursday, June 3 at 6:00 pm at the Extension Office and via WebEx. This is the last meeting of the committee until  Thursday, September 2, 2021.

Shooting Sports Leaders Trainings

The Montana 4-H Shooting Sports Leaders Committee is offering a Shooting Sports Leaders training for Western Heritage, Shotgun, and Muzzle-Loading in Logan, MT May 14 and 15. If you are interested in attending this training, please reach out to Allyssa at allyssa.zoern@montana.edu or call the  Extension Office at 406-454-6980.

Montana Mock 4-H Nationals Archery Shoot

Attention Cascade County 4-H Archers! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Montana 4-H is not currently able to participate in the National 4-H Shooting Sports Competition in 2021. In order to provide more opportunities for 4-H youth, the MT Shooting Sports committee will be holding a fun filled shoot May 14-16 in Livingston, MT! This event is open to all 4-Hers (no Cloverbuds) that are interested in learning more about the archery disciplines in the 4-H
National Archery Tournament. The Montana 4-H Archery compound and recurve coaches will be at the event coaching members on Fita, Field, and 3-D
disciplines. Registration cost is $50 which includes all of the fun plus lunch for one shooter and one adult per day. This event will also serve as the Montana state 4-H qualifier for the national tournament, if COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, for shooters 15 years old and older. For more information about this shoot, call Jason Frost at 406-223-7063 or Sid Amaro at 406-570-7902.

Livestock Leaders

The next meeting of the Cascade County 4-H Livestock Leaders will be on
Tuesday, May 3 at 7:00 pm at the Extension Office and via WebEx.

Intent to Enter Forms

Intent to Enter forms are available at the MSU Cascade County Extension Office for goats, sheep, rabbits, and poultry. Ear tags (goats and sheep), a tattoo kit (rabbit), and leg bands (poultry) are also available at the MSU
Cascade County Extension Office. Animals must have a form of identification (ear tag, tattoo, or leg band) when the animal is intended to enter. Full body photo(s) showing the ear tag, for goat and sheep, in the animal is required with the Intent to Enter form. Important dates for each species can be found in the upcoming dates section of the newsletter.

Intent to Enter Reminders

  • The 4-H member and a parent must sign the form.
  • Fill out the form completely. Animal descriptions of color, unique markings, and complete mailing address of the breeder. Forms missing information will not be accepted.
  • A photo showing the full body of the animal with the ear tag installed that clearly shows the ear tag number is required. 4-H members are
    encouraged to get their ear tags early and take the pictures before the weather gets bad.
  • Intent forms can be turned in before the deadline for all species.
  • Note: The Intent to Enter does not automatically enter your market animal in the Cascade County 4-H Show and Sale. You must fill out a separate Cascade County Livestock Show Entry Form.

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Weigh Watchers

Western Ranch Supply (4000 River Drive N, Great Falls) is hosting a monthly market animal weigh-in on May 8, June 5, and July 3. Visit www.westernranchsupply.com to register and for more information.

Horse Leaders

The next meeting of the Cascade County 4-H Horse Leaders will be on Tuesday, May 3 at 5:30 pm at the Extension Office and via WebEx.

4-H English Series: Open Rides and Clinic

The 4-H Horse Leaders are offering an English Series which includes open rides and a clinic. The clinic will be on May 16 at the Chesnut Valley Equine Center. The clinician is Renae Talton who began riding horses as a youth in Montana in 4-H. Renae started competing on the local jumper circuit and transitioned to eventing in her teens. She moved to North Carolina, taking the horses, and started her east coast training in the eventing world with some great trainers. Her main focus is on dressage where she fell in love with the discipline. She has earned both a USDF Bronze medal and USDF Silver medal. Her thirst for learning has put her in contact with classical dressage judges, trainers, coaches, and educated mounts. Contact the Extension Office at 406-454-6980 or email rose.malisani@montana.edu for a registration form or more information . Questions regarding the series can be directed to Desiree Roth at 406-590-7911.

Montana State 4-H Horse Events

The Montana State 4-H office and volunteers are planning the Working Ranch Horse Finals for August 28-29 at the 406 Arena in Vaughn and the Montana State 4-H Horse Show on September 24-26 at the Cottonwood Event Center in Joliet. Registration for both events opens June 1. The Extension Office will have registration packets available as well as the Montana State Horse Events Facebook page.

2021 Montana State Horse Show Judges

The 2021 Montana State Horse Show judges are Shaun Gloude from Denver, CO and Leanne Williams from Erie, CO. Ms. Gloude started her horse career in 4-H and has been training and showing quarter horses for over 40 years. She spends a lot of her time teaching youth who either want a show career or just enjoy their horse outside of showing. Ms. Williams started her horse career with 8 years of 4-H where she learned a lot about sportsmanship and horse care. This began her 25-year career of training and showing horses. She is a huge fan of 4-H and loves to see how youth work with their horses.

4-H State Horse Show T-Shirt Design Contest

Help us design the t-shirt for the 2021 Montana State 4-H Horse Show! Send your design or photo by July 1st to Ben Hauptman at ben.hauptman@montana.edu and Karen Palmer at kpalmer@co.granite.mt.us. Resolution preferred is 300 PPI in a JPEG format. Winning design may be altered to fit t-shirt.

 

May
Day Meeting Activity/Event Due Date
1

Cloverbud Project

Camp Cleanup

Enrollment Closes,
Last day to Add/Drop Projects

Rabbit and Chicken Meat Pens in Possession

Market Sheep and Market Goat in Possession and ear tagged

1-2   Horse Camp  
4

Horse Leaders

Livestock Leaders

   
5     Market Sheep and Market Goat Intent to Enter and Full Body Photo
8   Weigh Watchers  
11 Leaders Council    
12     Late Market Sheep and Market Goat Intent to Enter and Full Body Photo with late fee
14    

Ambassador Apllications

Fashion Revue & Quilt Show Registrations

14-15   Shooting Sports Leader Training in Logan  
15  

Project Day

English Riding Clinics

 Duck Meat Pen in Possession
16   Leadership Academy  
26     Meat Pen Intent to Enter for Turkey, Rabbit, Chicken and Duck
27   Fashion Revue & Quilt Show  
31   Extension Office Closed  

 

June
Day Meeting Activity/Event Due Date
1

Horse Leaders

Livestock Leaders

  Breeding Project Record Books due to the Extension Office
3 Shooting Sports Leaders    
4  

 

Cascade County 4-H Livestock Show and Sale Entry Forms Due
5  

JD Day at Camp

Weigh Watchers

 
6-9   4-H Camp  
13   Leadership Academy  
19   Dog Show  
22   Mandatory Record Book Interviews for Livestock Show and Sale  
29   Mandatory Record Book Interviews for Livestock Show and Sale  

 

July
Day Meeting Activity/Event Due Date
3   Weigh Watchers  
5   Extension Office Closed  
8-10   Cascade County 4-H Livestock Show  
12  Leaders Council    
13-16    Montana 4-H Congress  
23   Cascade County 4-H Horse Show  
24   Cascade & Teton Counties Working Ranch Horse Show  
30-Aug 7   Montana State Fair  

 

August
Day Meeting Activity/Event Due Date
July 30-
Aug 7
  Montana State Fair  
28-29  

MT State 4-H Working Ranch Horse Finals

 

 

September
Day Meeting Activity/Event Due Date
2 Shooting Sports Leaders    
6   Extension Office Closed  
7

Horse Leaders

Livestock Leaders

   
24-26   MT State 4-H Horse Show  

 

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