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
September 2021 Cascade County 4-H Clover Connection

Newsletter Scavenger Hunt

Everyone who emails Allyssa (allyssa.peak@montana.edu) by Wednesday, September 8, with a description of the page containing the pencil 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 a 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.

Enrollment

Enrollment for the 2021-2022 4-H year will open on October 1. Do not re-enroll until October 1. Returning Cascade County 4-H families will log on to their existing ZSuite account using the same email as last year. Do not create a new account. All personal information will auto populate. All  returning youth and adult volunteers will need to fill out the medical and media releases, animal waivers, and code of conduct. Please ensure the years in 4-H and years in projects sections are accurate.

Achievement Night

Achievement Night is scheduled for Friday, October 8 at 5:30 pm in Heritage Hall at Great Falls College MSU. Achievement Night is a great opportunity to celebrate Cascade County 4-H members and volunteers!
More detailed information will be available closer to the date.

Office Closure
The MSU Cascade County Extension Office will be closed Monday, September 6, in observance of Labor Day.

Running Free 4-H Club: People Partner Grant

The Running Free 4-H club was awarded one of 10 People Partner Grants
from the Montana 4-H Foundation. With their grant money, they decided to help the Receiving Home and Toby’s House Crisis Nursery. The club went shopping at Walmart for supplies for the Receiving Home. They bought $238.26 worth of school supplies to be donated. The club’s project for Toby’s House grew from their original plan after asking what  they might help with. Running Free donated a freezer and lawn care supplies. They also helped to lay sod in front of the building. Great job, Running Free!

Cascade County 4-H Leaders Council logoLeaders Council

The next meeting of the Cascade County 4-H Leaders Council will be held on Tuesday, September 14 at 6:00 pm at the Extension Office and via WebEx. Every Cascade County 4-H club is required to send club  representatives to at least 2/3 of all Leaders Council meetings every year.

Project Days

Project Days will be held on the second Saturday November-May from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Possible Project Day workshops include Crochet, Cat, Robotics, Cloverbuds, Scrapbooking, Cooking, Baking, Rabbit, Poultry, and many more!

Future Project Day Dates

November 13
December 11
January 8
February 12
March 12
April 9
May 14

Foundation

The next meeting of the Cascade 4-H Foundation will be held on Tuesday, September 21 at 7:00 pm at the Extension Office and via WebEx. Meeting information will be available closer to the meeting date.

Community and Volunteer Leader Awards

Cascade County 4-H awards multiple community and volunteer leaders at Achievement Night in October. Visit https://montana.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_03sma6yrB25mDP0 by Friday, September 3, to make nominations. Awards open for nominations are the Friend of 4-H, Outstanding 4-H Alumni, Outstanding First Year Leader, Project Leader of the Year, and Distinguished Leader of the Year.

Friends of 4-H Awards

Two Friend of 4-H Awards are given each year, one for an individual and the other for a local business. Award recipients have gone above and beyond to support Cascade County 4-H. This award is a symbol of gratitude and commitment to a long-standing relationship with Cascade County community members and businesses to make the best better.

Outstanding 4-H Alumni Award

The Outstanding Alumni Award is given to a 4-H alum that is currently active in supporting Cascade County 4-H. This person is passionate about helping youth succeed and commits to finding ways to better the program.

Outstanding First Year Leader Award

The Outstanding First Year Leader Award is presented to a leader in their first year that has shown promise as an active, passionate, and dedicated volunteer with a “go-getter” attitude to bring innovativeness, creativity, and all-around enriched opportunities for the youth of Cascade County 4-H.

Project Leader of the Year Award

The Project Leader of the Year Award is presented to a leader that has picked up the torch for at least one project area and has made significant contributions to the opportunities and education for a specific project area. Leaders nominated for this award must have a team mindset, set goals, be inclusive to all members interested in the project, and care deeply about the success and sustainability of the project and the members’ personal achievements in that project.

Distinguished Leader of the Year Award

The Distinguished Leader of the Year Award is presented to a leader that has been enrolled for two or more years in Cascade County 4-H as a volunteer. This leader is not only active in multiple areas of 4-H, but
encourages and mentors other volunteers, supports 4-H members’ educational ambitions, and is an invaluable asset for Cascade County’s 4-H program. They truly embody the “we” mentality and understand the value of working together for the betterment of the 4-H program.

Fall Ambassador and Teen Leader Training

The 2021 Fall Leadership Training will be all about building your 4-H  network through activities that will help you meet people and access
resources that will help you reach your leadership goals! The training
will take place at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center in Billings, MT from Friday, October 22-Sunday, October 24. Registration cost is $175, which includes lodging, meals, and project costs. The Cascade 4-H
Foundation offers financial assistance to Cascade County 4-H youth wishing to attend the training.

Registration for the event is in ZSuite. Contact Allyssa (allyssa.peak@montana.edu) if you have any questions. More information can be found at http://www.montana4h.org/programs/events/fall_train
ing/index.html.

Green Tie Affair

Mark your calendars! The 2021 Green Tie Affair Gala will be held at the  Oakwells Event Center at the Great Falls Airport on Saturday, October 23. Join us for live and silent auctions, great food and company. More information on ticket sales will be available soon.

Project Day Leaders Needed

We are in need of Project Day Leaders! If you are interested in  volunteering to lead a Project Day workshop, email Allyssa  (allyssa.peak@montana.edu).

Workshops can be a series or a single workshop.
Workshop times are 9:00 am – 10:30 am, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, and 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Mandatory Leader Training

New this year, all Montana 4-H Leaders will need to complete mandatory leader training. This online training will be available on ZSuite. This year, the training must be complete by January 31, 2022. The first year of training will be the longest, with subsequent years consisting of a shorter,
more focused training. There will be an opportunity on November 20 to come to the Extension Office and go through the training with Allyssa.

Shooting Sports Leaders

The next meeting of the Cascade County 4-H Shooting Sports Leaders will be held on Thursday, September 2 at 6:00 pm at the Extension Office and
via WebEx. Agenda items include grants, officer elections, and possible community partnerships.

State Shooting Sports Tournament

Congratulations to all youth who participated in the Montana 4-H State Postal Tournament. The following Cascade County youth placed in their divisions.

Archery

Bare Bow

13–14-year-olds – 2nd place: Levi Reathaford
15–18-year-olds – 2nd place: Victoria Kirby

Unlimited

13–14-year-olds – 2nd place: Schafer Garness Limited
9–10-year-olds – 1st place: Kaylan Poole
12–14-year-olds – 3rd place: Landon Donnelly
15–18-year-olds – 2nd place: Victoria Kirby

Small Bore (.22) Pistol

11–12-year-olds – 1st place: Logan Nation
11–12-year-olds – 2nd place: Quinnlan Nation

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 September to May. Leaders make and vote on rules 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 Cascade County Extension Office.Please call Rose at 406-454-6980 with any questions.

Livestock Leaders Meeting

The next meeting of the Cascade County 4-H Livestock Leaders will be on
Tuesday, September 7, at 7:00 pm at the Extension Office. Agenda items include nomination committee for vice president and treasurer, discussion of 2020-2021 events, forming a budget committee, and prizes for the 2021 show. The October 5, 2021 meeting will be to discuss the proposed changes and amend changes if necessary. There will be no voting at the October meeting. Leaders must be present at both the October meeting and November meetings to vote on the proposed changes. The November meeting will be on November 2, 2021.

Market Animal Quota List

Please enroll your child in market animal projects by October 31, 2021 if you are planning on raising a market beef, sheep, swine, or goat for the 2022 Cascade County 4-H Livestock Show and Sale. 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 being added to the market animal quota list. If an 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. Private Treaty
  2. Livestock Auction Yard
  3. Montana State Fair
  4. Cascade County 4-H Livestock Sale

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 tone or more species. Please call Rose at 406-454-6980
with any questions.

Breeding Projects

Breeding projects will begin on October 1, 2021. Animals do not need to be in possession as of October 1, 2021. Contact the MSU Cascade County Extension office at 406-454-6980 if you need a new animal breeding book
or have questions.

Rural Youth Loans

Loans are available through the Farm Service Agency (FSA). FSA provides
financial assistance and business planning to help rural youth get a
start on their futures. The Rural Youth Loan Program is designed to
provide start-up funds to establish and operate incomeproducing
projects of modest size in connection with participation in 4-H clubs, FFA, and similar agriculturally focused organizations. Call Janet Smith at 406-727-7580, extension 108 for more information.

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, 2022 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, 2021. The Beef Intent to Enter Form must include a full body photo of the animal showing the ear tag so that it can be read and is due Wednesday, January 6, 2021 to the Cascade County Extension Office. Late entries will be issued a $25.00 late fee per animal. No entries accepted after January 13, 2022.

Junior Agriculture Loans

Loans are available by contacting the Montana Department of Agriculture. The loan program provides financial assistance through Junior Ag. loans. Contact Walt Anseth at 406-444-5402 for more  information, brochures, and application forms.

Horse Leaders Meeting

The next meeting of the Cascade County 4-H Horse Leaders will be on Tuesday, September 7, at 5:30 pm at the Extension Office. Agenda items
include nomination committee for vice president, discussion of  2021-2022 events, forming a budget committee, and MBHA championship. The October 5, 2021 meeting will be to discuss the  proposed changes and amend changes if necessary. There will be no voting at the October meeting. Leaders must be present at both the October meeting and November meetings to vote on the proposed changes. The November meeting will be on November 2, 2021.

Thank you, Suzi!!

One of our amazing Administrative Assistants, Suzi Trebas will be leaving her position at the MSU Cascade County Extension Office September 10. Suzi has been a cheerful and bright part of our Extension Team, and we are going to miss her.
Good luck to Suzi in all her future endeavors!

 
 
 

 

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  

 

October
Day Meeting Activity/Event Due Date
1   Enrollment Opens  
3-9   National 4-H Week  
5

Horse Leaders

Livestock Leaders

   
7 Shooting Sports Leaders    
8   Achievement Night  
22-24   Fall Ambassador and Teen Leader Training  
23   Green Tie Affair Gala  

 

November
Day Meeting Activity/Event Due Date
2

Horse Leaders

Livestock Leaders

   
4 Shooting Sports Leaders    
9 Leaders Council    
11   Extension Office Closed  
13   Project Day  
16 Foundation    
20   In-Person Leader Training  
25   Extension Office Closed  

 

December
Day Meeting Activity/Event Due Date
2 Shooting Sports Leaders    
11   Project Day  
15     Returning Member Enrollment Deadline
16   New Family Orientation  
24   Extension Office Closed  

 

January
Day Meeting Activity/Event Due Date
4

Horse Leaders

Livestock Leaders

   
6 Shooting Sports Leaders    
8 Project Day    
9

MT 4-H Leadership Academy

Cascade County 4-H Service-Learning Team

   
10  

Foods Festival

Cake Decorating Challenge

Stir Ups Competition

 
11 Leaders Council    
17   Extension Office Closed  
18     Advanced and Self-Determined Project Plans Due
31     Mandatory Leader Training

 

February
Day Meeting Activity/Event Due Date
1

Horse Leaders

Livestock Leaders

   
3 Shooting Sports Leaders    
8 Camp Planning    
12 Project Day    
13

MT 4-H Leadership Academy

Cascade County 4-H Service-Learning Team

   
14   Communications Contest  
15 Foundation    
17   Communications Contest  
21   Extension Office Closed  

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