4-H Newsletter November 2020 Edition


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Project Day

Project Day will take place on the third Saturday of every month starting in November from 9:00 am-12:00 pm. The first Project Day will be Saturday, November 21. Workshops available at the November Project Day are Youth Club Officer Training with Allyssa, Home Environment - Color Theory and Furniture Placement with Suzi, and Cooking - Apples with Cindy, Amy, and Emily. Class sizes will be limited to 10 youth. Masks are required.

Future Project Day Dates:

  • December 19
  • January 16
  • February 20
  • March 20
  • April 17
  • May 15

Robotics Project Meetings

Robotics project meetings will be held at the Extension Office the first Saturday of the month starting in December. We will be skipping the month of January. Like last year, Robotics meetings focus on EV3 Robots and will build off each other each month. Youth will not be permitted to join the Robotics group in the middle of the year. If you are interested in participating in the Robotics project this year, be sure to sign up for the project on ZSuite and keep an eye on your email for further information about meetings.

Cloverbud Meetings

Cloverbud meetings will be held at the Extension Office the first Saturday of the month starting in December. We will be skipping the month of January. Cloverbud meetings are open to youth ages 5-8 enrolled in the Cloverbud Project. Meetings consist of a very short meeting to teach youth about 4-H business meetings and an activity that highlights different 4-H projects.

Project Day Workshop Leaders Needed

We are in need of Project Day workshop leaders. Project Day is a great opportunity to teach youth without having to plan multiple lessons. Project Day workshops could include activities from the Project Book or activities related to the project, tutorials on how to show an animal, etc. Project Day workshops can be either 1.5 or 3 hours in length. If you are interested or know of anyone who would be interested in teaching a Project Day workshop, please email allyssa.zoern@montana.edu. If you are interested, but do not know where to start with planning a Project Day workshop, please reach out to Allyssa, and we can work together to come up with an activity.

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.

Cascade County 4-H will be holding in person meetings during the virtual workshops to participate in the workshops together. Keep an eye on your email and social media for more information on signing up for in person meetings.

Future Leadership Academy Workshop Dates

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

Mark Your Calendars
The 2021 Montana 4-H Congress will be held July 12-17 in Bozeman.

Cascade County 4-H Leaders Council

The next Cascade County 4-H Leaders Council meeting is on Tuesday, November 10 at 6:00 pm at the Extension Office and via Webex. All Cascade County 4-H clubs should be sending one youth and one adult member to all Leaders Council meetings to ensure every club has a voice in program decision making.

What is the Cascade County 4-H Leaders Council?

Leaders Council oversees creating and approving education and fundraising policy. Leaders Council also works with MSU Cascade County Extension Agents to create programing and plan activities for youth members and adult volunteers.

Cascade 4-H Foundation

The next meeting of the Cascade 4-H Foundation will be held on November 17 at 6:00 pm at the Extension Office. This meeting will consist of the Annual Foundation meeting as well as the quarterly meeting. The potluck has been cancelled this year due to COVID-19.

What is the Cascade 4-H Foundation?

The Cascade 4-H Foundation is the sponsorship arm of Cascade County 4-H. The Foundation supports Cascade County 4-H youth through providing financial help for state, national, and international 4-H events, purchasing 4-H Project Books, and providing multiple academic scholarships for graduating 4-H members.

Cascade County 4-H Shooting Sports Leaders Meeting

The next Cascade County 4-H Shooting Sports Leaders meeting will be on Thursday, November 5 at 6:00 pm at the Extension Office and via Webex. Topics of discussion include possible grants, financial policy, and discipline updates.

Shooting Sports Leaders Officer Elections

The Cascade County 4-H Shooting Sports Leaders held officer elections last month. Congratulations to new officers Joe Leggett, president and Samaria Kirby, secretary! Thank you to the outgoing officers Ben Roth, past president and Coya Williams, past secretary for their service!

Shooting Sports Leader Training

The Shooting Sports Leader Training schedule has been set for 2020-2021. The Friday night portion of the training has been changed to focus on risk management, Positive Youth Development, and grant writing. Participants must take part in four online learning modules before the training takes place. More information regarding Shooting Sports Leader Trainings can be found at http://www.montana4h.org/programs/events/shooting_sports_training/index.html.

Future Shooting Sports Leader Trainings

  • December 4-5, 2020 in Kalispell - Rifle, Pistol, Archery, and Hunting
  • December 11-12, 2020 location TBD - Rifle, Pistol, Archery
  • January 9-10, 2021 location TBD - Rifle, Pistol, Archery
  • January 16-17, 2021 in Bozeman - Rifle, Pistol, Archery
  • May 7-8, 2021 in Logan - Muzzle-loader, Shotgun, Western Heritage

NEW Shooting Sports Project Requirements

The Cascade County 4-H Shooting Sports Leaders Committee has finalized new Record and Project Book requirements going into effect this year. The new requirements are as follows:

  • Complete a project book for each shooting sports project for which youth register within the first 3 years they participate regardless of age.
    • All project books will need to be signed by a discipline leader before the book is recognized as complete.
    • Any Shooting Sports project book that is on record as being completed between 4-H year 2016-2017 and the initial implementation of the rule book will be accepted as a complete project book.
    • After the project book is complete, youth must master 3 skills (per discipline enrolled) on the Cascade County 4-H Shooting Sports Skills Sheets.
  • Attend at least half of regularly scheduled discipline practices.
    • This includes practices in Great Falls, Cascade, or Belt.
  • Complete 1 service-learning activity or learning experience per discipline enrolled each year.
  • Complete the My 4-H Year and one Non-Animal Project Journal per discipline enrolled each year.

All guidelines and rules are in the new Rule Book found at https://cascade.msuextension.org/4hpages/shooting_sports/4HShootingSports.html.

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 Cascade County Extension office. Please call Rose at (406) 454-6980 with any questions.

Cascade County 4-H Livestock Leaders

The next meeting of the Cascade County 4-H Livestock Leaders will be on Tuesday, November 3 at 7:00 pm at the Extension Office. Leaders can also participate via Webex. Agenda items include rule and policy voting, by-laws, budget, judging teams, financial policy review, beef weigh-in date, and education dates. Livestock Leaders MUST be an enrolled leader for the 2020-2021 year and attended both the October and November meetings in order to vote on rule and policy changes.

Livestock Leaders Officer Elections

The Cascade County 4-H Livestock Leaders voted Brenda Byrnes for another term as president, Heather Lewis as secretary, and Elizabeth Jennings as treasurer. Congratulations!

Breeding Projects

Breeding projects began on October 1, 2020. Animals do not need to be in possession as of October 1, 2020. Breeding projects include beef, sheep, swine, poultry, rabbit, and goat. Contact the MSU Cascade County Extension office at (406) 454-6980 if you need a new animal breeding book or have questions.

Mark Your Calendars!
The 2021 Cascade County 4-H Livestock Show and Sale will be July 8-10 in Great Falls.

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, 2021 and have the assigned ear tage 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, market poultry meat pen of three, and market 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 pay enrollment dues by October 31, 2020.

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 late fee per animal. No entries accepted after January 13, 2021.

Western Livestock Auction Tour

Ryan Perry will give a tour of Western Livestock Auction (WLA) on November 7 starting at 10:30 am. WLA is the premier livestock auction in northcentral Montana where they sell primarily cattle from different classes (weanlings, feeder cattle, cows, bulls, etc.) Ryan is the general manager of WLA and auctioneer. The behind the scenes tour will include seeing a live cattle sale, cattle pens, office, and much more! 4-H alumni, Makayla Paul, will lead the group. The tour is free; however, registration is required. Registration is due by Thursday, November 5, 2020 by 4:30 pm. Contact the MSU Cascade County Extension Office at 406-454-6980 for the registration form.

Cascade County 4-H Horse Leaders

The next meeting of the Cascade County 4-H Horse Leaders will be on Tuesday, November 3 at 5:30 pm at the Extension Office. Leaders also can participate via Webex. Agenda items include rule and policy voting, by-laws, budget, financial policy review, open rides, horseshow assistant software, MBHA money allocation, and education dates. Horse Leaders MUST be an enrolled leader for the 2020-2021 year and attended both the October and November meetings in order to vote on rule and policy changes.

Horse Leaders Officer Elections

The Cascade County 4-H Horse Leaders voted Brook Gerard for secretary/treasurer. Congratulations!

Get the Gear and Tack Swap **UPDATED 11.5.20 - EVENT POSTPONED**

Get the Gear and Tack Swap will be on Friday, November 6, 2020 at Newman Stables at 626 40th Ave S in Great Falls, MT from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The clinic is FREE; registration is required. Return registration form to: MSU Cascade County Extension Office, 3300 3rd Street NE, #9, Great Falls, MT 59404 by 4:30 pm on November 4, 2020. Contact the MSU Cascade County Extension office at (406) 454-6980 for the registration form. Cascade County 4-H Horse Leaders and MSU Cascade County Extension are not responsible for money or equipment transactions from the tack swap.

CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS

November
Day Meeting Activity/Event Due Date
3 Horse Leaders    
3

Livestock Leaders

   
5 Shooting Sports Leaders    
6   Get the Gear and Tack Swap (Postponed  
7   Western Livestock Auction Tour  
10 Leaders Council    
11   Extension Office Closed in Observance of Veterans' Day  
14   Cascade County 4-H Leader Training  
15     4-H International Program Application Due
17 Cascade 4-H Foundation    
21   Project Day (Masks Required)  
26   Extension Office Closed  

 

December
Day Meeting Activity/Event Due Date
3 Shooting Sports Leaders    
5

Robotics Project

Cloverbud Project

   
13   Leadership Academy  
15     Re-enrolling Membership Due
18   Project Day  
25   Extension Office Closed  

 

Janary
Day Meeting Activity/Event Due Date
1   Extension Office Close  
5

Horse Leaders

Livestock Leaders

   
6     Market Beef Intent to Enter (no late fee)
7 Shooting Sports Leaders    
12 Leaders Council    
13     Market Beef Intent to Enter (late fee)
16   Project Day  
17   Leadership Academy  

 

February
Day Meeting Activity/Event Due Date
2

Horse Leaders

Livestock Leaders

   
4 Shooting Sports Leaders    
6

Robotics Project

Cloverbud Project

   
15   Extension Office Closed  
20   Project Day  
21   Leadership Academy  

 

March
Day Meeting Activity/Event Due Date
2

Horse Leaders

Livestock Leaders

   
4 Shooting Sports Leaders    
6

Robotics Project

Cloverbud Project

   
9 Leaders Council    
14   Leadership Academy  
20   Project Day  

 

April
Day Meeting Activity/Event Due Date
1 Shooting Sports Leaders    
3

Robotics Project

Cloverbud Project

   
6

Horse Leaders

Livestock Leaders

   
11   Leadership Academy  
17   Project Day  

 

May
Day Meeting Activity/Event Due Date
1

Robotics Project

Cloverbud Project

   
4

Horse Leaders

Livestock Leaders

   
6 Sooting Sports Leaders    
11 Leaders Council    
15   Project Day  
16   Leadership Launch  
31   Extension Office Closed  

 

June
Day Meeting Activity/Event Due Date
1

Horse Leaders

Livestock Leaders

   
3 Shooting Sports Leaders    
13   Leadership Launch  

 

July
Day Meeting Activity/Event Due Date
8-10   Cascade County 4-H Livestock Show  
12-17   Montana 4-H Congress  
12 Leaders Council    
30-Aug 7   Montana State Fair  

 

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