Alternatively, download a printable version of the
September 2021 Cascade County 4-H Clover Connection
Newsletter Scavenger Hunt
Everyone who emails Allyssa (email@example.com) 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 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 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.
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!
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 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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
if you have any questions. More information can be found at http://www.montana4h.org/programs/events/fall_train
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 (email@example.com).
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.
13–14-year-olds – 2nd place: Levi Reathaford
15–18-year-olds – 2nd place: Victoria Kirby
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:
- Private Treaty
- Livestock Auction Yard
- Montana State Fair
- 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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|3-9||National 4-H Week|
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|22-24||Fall Ambassador and Teen Leader Training|
|23||Green Tie Affair Gala|
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|15||Returning Member Enrollment Deadline|
|16||New Family Orientation|
|24||Extension Office Closed|
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MT 4-H Leadership Academy
Cascade County 4-H Service-Learning Team
Cake Decorating Challenge
Stir Ups Competition
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|18||Advanced and Self-Determined Project Plans Due|
|31||Mandatory Leader Training|
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MT 4-H Leadership Academy
Cascade County 4-H Service-Learning Team
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