4-H Newsletter October 2020 Edition

Alternatively you may download a printable copy of the October 2020 Cascade County 4-H Clover Connection

ZSuite Enrollment

We are excited to announce the launch of our new enrollment system ZSuite! ZSuite is more user friendly than our previous enrollment system. ZSuite even allows for you to complete your Record Book online! Re-enrolling with ZSuite is super easy! After October 1, you can re-enroll by visiting 4h.zsuite.org. You will need to know the email your family used to sign into 4HOnline. If you don’t remember this email, please call the Extension Office at 406-454-6980, and we can help. Do not create a new account with a different email. ZSuite offers the option for you to pay your enrollment dues with a credit card. There is a small fee of 2.9% +$0.80 if you use a card. You can still pay your enrollment fee by exact cash or check at the Extension Office with no added fee. The MT 4-H Center has created a re-enrollment help page that can be found at http://www.montana4h.org/resources/4henrollment/index.html.

Meet the 2020-2021 Ambassador Team

AJ Leggett (right): AJ Leggett has been a member of Cascade County 4-H for 7 years. She is currently a member of the Great Divide 4-H club, and she is their outgoing President. AJ is involved in the Cooking, Leadership, and Photography Projects.

Haley Tompers (left): Haley Tompers has been a member of Cascade County 4-H for 3 years. She is a member of the Ulm Pishkun 4-H club and served as the President during the 2019-2020 4-H year. Haley is involved in the Horse, Leadership, Leatherwork, and Swine Projects.

4-Hers in the Community

Victoria Kirby from the Trouble Shooters 4-H club spent a few of her Thursdays this summer volunteering her time to help make masks for the community. Victoria and the Cascade County Sew for a Cause group made over 300 masks to donate to the United Way. Way to go, Victoria!

The Doyon family from the Big Sky Explorers 4-H club were sad to learn that the Baby Blanket Service Project would not be able to be held this year due to COVID. They took it upon themselves to make 10 blankets during the stay at home recommendation this spring! They donated their blankets to the City-County Health Department to be given to those in need. Great job, Doyon family!

Jocelynn Baker from the Ulm Pishkun 4-H club used her public speaking skills to talk to KRTV about a new literacy program at her elementary school. Jocelynn spoke about her love for reading and her hopes of inspiring others to enjoy reading as much as she does. Very impressive, Jocelynn! Check out Jocelynn’s interview at https://www.krtv.com/community/closing-the-childhood-literacy-gap-starts-with-more-books-at-home.

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 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.

Project Leaders Needed

Do you have a hobby, skill, or pastime you would like to share with today’s youth? Becoming a 4-H Volunteer allows you to do just that! Fill out the form found at https://montana.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3QMfvb3z1x1XgZn if you are interested in becoming a Project Leader.

NEW Small Engines Project Meetings

Are you involved in the Small Engines project, or have you been thinking about getting involved? New this year, we will be offering guided Small Engine project meetings. These meetings will be led by a new volunteer, Tim. Tim is very excited to share his knowledge of small engines with you! Instruction will take place at Tim’s home throughout the next 4-H year. If you are interested in the Small Engines projects, be sure to sign up for it on ZSuite to receive your Project Book. Keep an eye on your email for more details about Small Engine project meetings!

New Family Mentor Program

Are you interested in helping new families navigate the world of Cascade County 4-H? We need your help! New Family Mentors will be responsible for helping 1-2 new families through their first year of 4-H. Some possible mentoring topics include ZSuite enrollment, Record Books, and signing up for county and state-wide activities. If your family is interested in becoming new family mentors, please fill out the sign up found at https://montana.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4UTdzKivEiSnRC5 by October 15.

New Clubs Needed

Cascade County 4-H is in need of more clubs. Starting a 4-H club is simple! Here’s how:

Step 1: Contact the Extension Office

The Extension Office and Agents are great resources. The Extension Office is your link to county, state, and national policies, guidelines, and information. The Extension Agent is here to help with recruitment, retention, and instruction of all 4-H members and volunteers.

Step 2: Recruit Potential Club Members and Adult Volunteers

Identify potential youth and families and discuss the idea of your new club with them. Before you start spreading the word about your new club, you must have a complete understanding of the 4-H program as a whole and specific details about your new club.

Step 3: Get Organized

A 4-H Club is defined as an organized group of at least 5 youth from 3 different families who meet regularly with adult volunteers. You must meet these parameters to start your club. Next you should meet with your new club and plan an organizational meeting where you will set ground rules, create a club name, select officers, plan a club year to include at least 6 meetings and 1 community service project, and prepare club bylaws.

Step 4: Finalize Your Club with the Extension Office

Submit your club annual program plan, by-laws, and member and officer list to the Extension Office. You will then work with the Extension Office and Montana 4-H to become a chartered club.

2021 Congress Dates
Mark your calendars! The 2021 MT 4-H Congress is set to be held July 12-17 in Bozeman, MT.

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 you 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.

Achievement Celebration

Due to COVID-19, our annual Achievement Celebration will look a little different this year. We will be going virtual! Every night of National 4-H Week (October 5-9) we will be posting award winners on the MSU Cascade County Facebook Page. We will also be inviting award winners to come to the Extension Office to draw the winners of the Green Tie Affair Raffle. Keep an eye on your email for more information.

National 4-H Week

National 4-H Week is a time for 4-H members, leaders, volunteers, staff, and supporters to come together to celebrate all the amazing things 4-H has done over the last 118 years. This year’s National 4-H Week theme is Opportunity 4 All. An essay written by National 4-H CEO Jennifer Sirangelo explaining this theme can be found at https://4-h.org/about/blog/lets-close-the-opportunity-gap-together/ Don’t forget that Wednesday, October 7 is National 4-H Spirit Wear Day! Wear your 4-H apparel to school or work to show your 4-H pride! Post a picture on the Cascade County 4-H Facebook Page with the hashtags #Opportunity4All and #National4HWeek More info and resources can be found at http://www.montana4h.org/resources/national_4h_week.html.

International Programs

The application for all outbound programs including chaperones is due November 15. Countries available to travel to include Argentina, Costa Rica, Finland, Japan, Romania, South Korea, Taiwan, and New Zealand. For more information about International Programs, contact Stephanie Davision at sdavison@montana.edu. The Cascade 4-H Foundation has funds to help interested youth participate in international programs. Contact Allyssa (allyssa.zoern@montana.edu) for more details about funding.

Teen Leadership and Ambassador Fall Training

2020 Teen Leadership and Ambassador Fall Training has been postponed until October 22-24, 2021 in Billings, MT. Instead of the face-to-face event, the MT 4-H Center has put together a virtual training to span several months. The first event is the Leadership Launch scheduled for Saturday October 17 from 3-5 pm. This event is open to youth ages 12 and up. We will be hosting an in person watch party at the Extension Office that night. If you are interested in this event, please register at http://montana4h.org/programs/events/leadership_training/index.html.

The 4-H Center is also putting together future workshops to take place every month through June 2021. We will hold future in person watch parties at the Extension Office for these workshops. Contact Allyssa (allyssa.zoern@montana.edu) for more information.

Club Forms Due

Club Year End Financial Summaries and Yearly Club Plans are due to the Extension Office by October 15. Correction, the Yearly Club plan is due to the office November 15.

Record Book and Achievement Committee

The Record Book and Achievement Committee is looking for interested Leaders. This committee focuses on the project completion requirements, award requirements, and award selection. Email Allyssa (allyssa.zoern@montana.edu) if you are interested.

Leader Training

The next Cascade County 4-H Leader Training will be held on November 14 from 10 am – 4 pm at the Cascade County Extension Office. The training will be offered in person as well as via Webex. We will discuss the new enrollment system, ZSuite, Record Book requirements, building youth-adult partnerships, member retention and recruitment, and much more. Keep an eye on your email and social media for more information.

Shooting Sports Leaders Meetings

The next meeting of the Cascade County 4-H Shooting Sports Leaders Committee will be held on October 1 at the Extension Office and via Webex. This meeting will focus on officer elections, Skills Sheet finalization, and COVID procedure.

Air Pistol

Air Pistol registration is live! Please read the following steps carefully as there are multiple.

  1. Fill out and turn in the registration form either paper (available at the Extension Office) or online https://cascade.msuextension.org/4hpages/shooting_sports/4HSS_AirPistol.html by October 6.
  2. Pay the $20 registration fee to the Extension Office with either exact cash or check. Please make the registration check out to Cascade County 4-H Shooting Sports Leaders Committee (CC4HSSLC).
  3. After October 1, enroll in 4-H for the 2020-2021 year on 4h.zsuite.org. More information on enrollment will be available within the next week.
    1. Youth will not be permitted to shoot until we can confirm active enrollment on ZSuite.
    2. When enrolling on ZSuite, youth must sign up for the Air Pistol Project to participate in practice and receive project books.
  4. Pay the $10 enrollment fee. Checks for enrollment must be made out to Cascade County 4-H Leaders Council. Enrollment will not be considered active until payment is received.

Please reach out to the Cascade County Extension Office with any questions about the registration process.

What is Leaders Council?

The Cascade County 4-H Leaders Council mission is to work together to create positive, hands-on educational experience for the growth and development of youth involved in Cascade County 4-H. Leaders Council is responsible for making the big decisions that effect Cascade County 4-H. Some of these decisions include monetary spending, fundraising, planning and coordinating county activities, and creating and implementing policies. Attending Leaders Council meetings insures you have a voice in Cascade County 4-H program decisions.

Who Can Attend Leaders Council Meetings?

Council meetings are open to everyone, but you must be an active Cascade County 4-H member or leader to vote. Each 4-H club is given 2 votes at every Council meeting, one adult leader vote and one youth member vote.

Where and When are Leaders Council Meetings?

The next Cascade County 4-H Leaders Council meeting is scheduled for November 10 at 6:00 pm at the Extension Office and via Webex. Leaders Council Meetings are traditionally held on the second Tuesday of odd number months at 6:00 pm.

Leaders Council Board Positions Available

Cascade County 4-H will hold Officer Elections for the roles of President and Treasurer at the November meeting. President duties include presiding at all meetings, appointing committees, setting the agenda, and serving as the chairperson of the Executive Committee. Treasurer duties include maintaining and monitoring financial records, working with the bookkeeper on financial matters, and providing a financial report at each Council meeting. If you are interested in either of these positions, please let Allyssa (allyssa.zoern@montana.edu) know.

Foundation Meeting

The next Cascade 4-H Foundation meeting will be held on November 17th 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 will not be permitted this year due to COVID-19.

Outgoing Foundation Board Members Thank you to our outgoing Cascade 4-H Foundation Board Members!
Aimee Hachigian-Gould – Rural Leader
Victoria Kirby – Youth Representative
Emma Atkinson – Youth Representative

Youth Foundation Representatives

The Cascade 4-H Foundation has 2 openings for youth representatives. Youth representatives must be 14 years old in 4-H years and be available to attend Foundation meetings. Youth members will be chosen by application and an interview. If you are interested in becoming a youth representative on the Foundation board, please reach out to Allyssa (allyssa.zoern@montana.edu).

Cascade 4-H Foundation Board Member Opening

The Cascade 4-H Foundation has an opening for a Rural Leader. The Foundation board members meet four times a year to discuss, advise, and determine 4-H investments, scholarships, and other opportunities for our 4-H members and leaders. If you are interested in this position, please reach out to Allyssa (allyssa.zoern@montana.edu).

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.

Fundraising Approval Forms

Reminder: All fundraising plans must be approved by Leaders Council before the fundraising can begin. This applies to all clubs and committees. If your club or committee is planning a fundraiser, please reach out to the Extension Office to get the necessary form.

Livestock Leaders Meeting

The next meeting of the Cascade County 4-H Livestock Leaders will be on Tuesday, October 6 at 7:00 pm at the Extension Office. Leaders also can participate via WebEx. Agenda items include officer elections (president, treasurer, and secretary) proposed rule change discussion, forming bylaw committee, budget, livestock education series, award ceremony, judging teams, and 2021 Livestock Show and Sale. Voting on rule changes will occur at the November meeting. 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 proposed rule changes.

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

Market Animal Quota List

Please enroll your child in market animal projects by October 31, 2020 if you are planning on raising a market beef, sheep, swine, or goat for the 2021 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 added to the market animal quota list. If 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 or Montana 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 one or more species. Please call Rose at (406) 454-6980 with any questions.
Breeding Projects Breeding projects will begin on October 1, 2020. Animals do not need to be in possession as of October 1, 2020. Contact the MSU Cascade County Extension office at (406) 454-6980 if you need a new animal breeding book or have questions.

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 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, 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.

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 income-producing 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.

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 (406) 444-5402 for more information, brochures, and application forms.

Horse Leaders Meeting

The next meeting of the Cascade County 4-H Horse Leaders is Tuesday, October 6 at 5:30 pm at the Extension Office. Leaders also can participate via WebEx. Agenda items include officer elections (president and secretary/treasurer), proposed rule change discussion, planning education opportunities, determining open rides, award discussion, and budget. Voting on rule changes will occur at the November meeting. 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 proposed rule changes. Mare and Foal Training and Care Clinic The FREE clinic will be held on October 11, 2020 from 2:00-4:00 pm. The clinic will be held at Salo Ranch in Cascade. Rose will focus on halter breaking, leading, weaning, nutrition, and training. Registration forms are due by October 1, 2020. Electronic copies of the registration form can be requested from Rose by emailing rose.malisani@montana.edu


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