January 2021

Download a printable version of the Cascade County 4-H January 2021 newsletter edition.

Newsletter Scavenger Hunt

Everyone who emails Allyssa (allyssa.zoern@montana.edu) by Friday, January 11 with the page number containing the snowflake symbol above will be entered in a drawing to win a 4-H themed prize. 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.

2021 Cascade County 4-H Camp Dates

Mark your calendars! The 2021 Cascade County 4-H Camp will be held June 6-9 at Camp Rotary in Neihart, MT. Keep an eye on your email and future Newsletters for more information.

Camp JD and Chaperone Applications

Watch your email for more information about camp junior director and chaperone applications. The first camp planning meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the Extension Office and via Webex.

Legislative Breakfast

Legislative breakfast is a statewide Montana 4-H event hosted by The Montanans for 4-H. This event depends on local, county participation to bring informed youth and adult participants together with state legislators to communicate the impact 4-H has on their community and our state. This event is open to active 4-H members and volunteers that are interested in citizenship and sharing positive information about 4-H with statewide lawmakers. This year’s event will be held virtually using the Zoom platform. The Zoom Legislative Breakfast will be held on Tuesday, January 19 from 6:15 – 7:30 a.m. There will be a practice session held on Monday, January 18 from 7:00- 8:00 p.m. to discuss proper Zoom etiquette and go over talking points. Reach out to Allyssa at allyssa.zoern@montana.edu or 406-454-6980 if you are interested in participating in Legislative Breakfast.

Montana 4-H Leadership Academy

The Montana 4-H Leadership Academy is a statewide program with the goal of building a network of 4-H teen leaders across Montana. The Leadership Academy consists of monthly virtual workshops focusing on goal setting, citizenship, recruitment, facilitation, service, promotion, and reflection. Workshops will take place Sunday afternoons from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Cascade County 4-H will be holding in person meetings during the virtual workshops to participate in the workshops together. Information on signing up for in person meetings will be shared via email and social media closer to the meeting date.

Future Leadership Academy Workshop Dates

  • January 17
  • February 21
  • March 14
  • April 11
  • May 16
  • June 13

Robotics and Cloverbuds Project Meetings

The Robotics and Cloverbud Projects will not meet in January. Project meetings will resume on February 6. Keep an eye on your email and in future Newsletters for the Signup Genius link.

Independent Study and Self-Determined Projects

Independent Study and Self-Determined projects are projects that require youth to set their own goals to complete. An Independent Study project is for any youth who are looking for opportunities and new challenges within a specific project in which the member is currently enrolled. Self-Determined projects are projects that offer an opportunity for youth to develop and design a project. Youth select the topic, decide upon goals, obtain resources, and design records. This project can be any topic and can also build upon a current 4-H project. Cascade County 4-H has pre-selected Self-Determined projects that you can take that are accompanied with project ideas. These projects include American Sign Language, Tractor Maintenance, Jewelry Making, and many more. Independent Study and Self-Determined projects do not come with a Project Book.

Project Requirements

  • Set at least 3 specific goals to accomplish
  • Identify at least one Project Mentor to help with the project
  • Complete the “You Decide” project book
  • Turn in records to club leaders to include “You Decide” project book, My 4-H Year form, and Project Financial Journal form
  • Present on the project at least once during the 4-H year
  • Enter an exhibit at the MT State Fair related to the project

Project Deadlines

If you are currently signed up for a Self-Determined or Independent Study project, you received a detailed email from Allyssa about what is expected of you for this project, project deadlines, and all the necessary forms.

  • January 15: Project Plan Agreement due to the Extension Office
  • Mid-June: Livestock-related project records up to date in order to show
  • Late-June: Montana State Fair entries due
  • August 20: Completed records due to club leader

Citizenship Seminar

The 2021 Montana 4-H Citizenship Seminar will take place virtually using Zoom. Participants will interact with    4-H members from across the state as they study the many aspects of citizenship. They will learn how to write a bill and will be part of a mock legislature, acting as 4-H senators. Bills will be debated in committees and on the 4-H Senate Floor. If you are interested in participating in the Citizenship Seminar, please contact Allyssa at allyssa.zoern@montana.edu or call the Extension Office at 406-454-6980.

The seminar will be a 4-week program and take place on the following dates from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. via Zoom. Please plan to attend all 4 sessions.

  • Tuesday, January 19
  • Tuesday, January 26
  • Tuesday, February 2
  • Tuesday, February 9

Office Closures

The MSU Cascade County Extension Office will be closed Monday, January 18.

Cascade County 4-H Leaders Council

The next meeting of the Cascade County 4-H Leaders Council will be held on Tuesday, January 12 at 6:00 p.m. at the Extension Office and via Webex. Topics of discussion will include Dairy Booth managers, Legislative Breakfast, and budget finalization.

Record Book Tips: Goal Setting

Goal setting is an important aspect of completing 4-H Record Books. Youth are required to set 3 goals to achieve in each project they are enrolled. These goals are recorded in the Animal or Non-Animal Project Journal. Youth are also required to set 3 broad goals for the 4-H year. These goals are recorded in the My 4-H Year form. One way to set goals is to remember to set S.M.A.R.T.E.R goals.

S: Specific

Setting a specific goal helps focus efforts and clearly defines what you hope to accomplish. A specific resolution will usually answer the five “W” questions: who, what, where, when, why.

M: Measurable

Establish a method of measuring your progress and evaluating your accomplishments. Measuring your progress ensures you stay on track. A measurable goal will usually answer questions such as: how much, how many, or how will I know when my goal is accomplished.

A: Attainable and Achievable

Goals need to require energy and discipline to accomplish, but they shouldn’t be so difficult that it cannot be reached. An attainable goal usually answers the question: “How can the goal be accomplished and is it realistic?”

R: Realistic and Relevant

A goal that supports or is in alignment with other goals would be considered a relevant goal. A relevant goal answers yes to these questions: can the goal be achieved in a timely manner, is the goal ethical, and do I have the resources to achieve the goal.

T: Timely

Goals have an end point that can be found on a calendar. Timeframes tied to your goals provide a sense of urgency to help motivate you. You should identify how long it will take to complete each step in your action plan and set up a timeline.

E: Ethical

Goals must sit comfortable with your moral compass. Set goals that meet a high ethical standard.

R: Resourced

Resources may be time, money, information sources or support from friends and family.

Award Spotlight: Danny Chinadle Memorial Award

This award will support one Cascade County 4-H member each year to assist in financing a non-livestock 4-H project. A $50.00 cash award will be awarded at Achievement Night. This award is available to a 4-H member of any age (no Cloverbuds), and members may receive the award only once. To receive this award, members must submit a 500 word narrative by the date that 4-H records are due to the Extension Office answering the following question: If you were to receive this memorial award, how would you spend the money on your non-livestock 4-H project and how will it assist you in obtaining your 4-H project goal? Discuss this award and its requirements with your club’s Organizational Leader if you would like to be nominated.

ZSuite Tips

ZSuite has many features that the previous enrollment system did not. One of these features is the Shared Files section. In the Shared Files section, you will find all minutes from previous Leaders Council meetings, shooting sports registrations, Self-Determined and Independent Study application materials, and registrations for other 4-H events. The Shared Files section is located on the Dashboard of your ZSuite account.

Scholarship Opportunities

Montana 4-H Foundation Scholarships

The Montana 4-H Foundation offers many scholarships to students that would like to continue their education past high school. All scholarships available through the MT 4-H Foundation can be found at http://www.montana4h.org/programs/grants/scholarships.html. Apply for MT 4-H Foundation scholarships at https://app.mykaleidoscope.com/scholarship/montanta4hfoundation.

Great Falls Chamber – Ag. Committee Scholarship

The Great Falls Chamber – Ag. Committee will be awarding four $1,000.00 scholarships to students in Great Falls and the Golden Triangle. Students must be seeking a career in the agriculture industry. Two scholarships will be awarded to students currently attending an accredited college, university, or technical school, and two scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school seniors planning to attend college full-time next year. Apply for this scholarship through the Great Falls Area Chamber of Commerce.

Shooting Sports Leaders Committee

The next meeting of the Cascade County 4-H Shooting Sports Leaders Committee will be on Thursday, January 7 at 6:00 p.m. at the Extension Office and via Webex. Topics of discussion are the upcoming Archery, Pistol, and Rifle seasons and Project Book requirements.

Shooting Sports Registrations

Registrations for Air Rifle and .22 Pistol practices are open. Air Rifle practices will be held at Wedsworth Hall in Cascade from January 18 to March 15. .22 Pistol practices will be held at the MRSA Indoor Range in Great Falls from January 21 to March 25. Both registrations are available at the Extension Office or by emailing Allyssa at allyssa.zoern@montana.edu.

Livestock Leaders Committee

The next meeting of the Cascade County 4-H Livestock Leaders Committee will be on Tuesday, January 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the Extension Office and via Webex. Agenda items include planning education opportunities, county livestock show and sale, budget, and clinics.

Beef Intent to Enter Form and Ear Tags

Beef Intent to Enter Forms and ear tags are available at the Extension Office. Steers must be in possession by January 1 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 must declare specie(s), be enrolled in 4-H, and paid enrollment dues by October 31.

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 to the Cascade County Extension Office. Late entries will be issued a $25.00 late fee per animal. No entries will be accepted after January 13.

Market Beef Weigh-In and Beef Nutrition Workshop

The beef weigh-in and nutrition workshop will be on Sunday, January 17 at Western Livestock Auction (406 Vaughn South Frontage Rd., Great Falls.) The minimum weight for market steers is now 1100 pounds. Weigh-in will be from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. The beef nutrition workshop will be led by Mari Morris. Mari will teach 4-H members and their parents how to feed their steers correctly to gain optimal weight for the County Livestock Show in July. Mari is a Show-Rite product specialist for Show-Rite Show Feeds. She grew up in Oregon and attended Redlands Community College in El Reno, OK, where she was a member of the national-champion livestock judging team. She then continued her judging career at Oklahoma State University, where she was on the 2014 Reserve National Champion Livestock Judging Team. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in animal science in 2015. She resides in Augusta, MT, on her husband’s family ranch, where they raise commercial, seedstock, and competitive show cattle. Mari loves to work with youth and help them unleash their potential through livestock and the show ring. The market beef weigh-in is not mandatory nor does the 4-H member need to be present, however, to be eligible for cash prizes at the Cascade County 4-H Livestock show, the market steer must be weighed in January and July. The steers with the three highest average daily gain rations are paid $100.00 for first place, $60.00 for second place, and $40.00 for third place. Register at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A054CA4AD22A0FE3-market by January 14.

Horse Leaders Committee

The next meeting of the Cascade County 4-H Horse Leaders Committee will be on Tuesday, January 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the Extension Office and via Webex. Agenda items include planning education opportunities, county horse show, horse camp, State Fair horse show, and clinics.

Horse Camp

Horse camp will be held on May 1-2 at the 406 Arena!  This two-day event is full of educational opportunities and fun. More information to come!

State 4-H Horse Events

Planning committees for both state 4-H horse events have announced the Montana State 4-H Working Ranch Horse Finals will be from August 28-29 at the 406 Arena in Vaught, and the Montana State 4-H Horse Show will be From September 24-26 at the Cottonwood Events Center in Silesia.

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