January 2020 4-H News Letter

Happy New Year!

Welcome new 4-H Families!

We are pleased to welcome all new families, members, cloverbuds and volunteers to the Fergus/Petroleum County 4-H Program. We look forward to getting to know you and participating in 4-H events and activities together. Please feel free to contact us at the Extension Office with any questions you might have. We are located behind the Courthouse in Lewistown and our phone is 406-535-3919. Your club leaders and families in your 4-H club are also a great resource for help and information. Attending your monthly club meetings is vital for the best possible experience in the 4-H Program.

4-H Orientation

For: New Members, Cloverbuds, Parents or anyone interested in reviewing 4-H Basics

Tuesday, January 12

6:30 PM

Join me virtually on Webex watch for the email invitation and simply click on the green “Join the Meeting” button

Or join from the meeting link


Meeting number (access code): 120 107 1597 Meeting password: yBwJP7bnB63

Or call in 1-855-797-9485 US Toll free

4-H Enrollment Deadline January 1

If you miss the January 1 deadline you may still enroll during the Grace Period from Jan. 2 to April 15. BUT you will need to pay for your own literature, and I check with the organizational leader of the club you would like to join, to make sure they will still accept new members for the year.

Zsuite 4-H Enrollment Program

You will log in with the email you used with 4honline last year and your old password. If you have forgotten your password- hit forgot password and they will email you a temporary. Most importantly, if you were in 4-H last year, do not create a new household, you will lose the data (projects, years in 4-H etc.) from last year. Zsuites also has a great live chat and they respond immediately with good help.

http://www.montana4h.org/resources/4henrollment/index.html  Great information and a video to help you with enrollment at this site. Be sure to choose the appropriate instructions if you are a returning family or new.

http://www.montana4h.org/projects/index.html If you do not have the Montana 4-H Clover to read, please go to this site to learn about the projects you are interested in and their completion requirements.

4-H Records

With the new enrollment program, you will automatically have digital record forms generated for each of your projects. You can update your records on your phone when you are in the barn feeding or vaccinating animals, while you are at a project workshop or club meeting. If you do not want to use these records, I will be making some packets of paper records you can get from your club leader.

Montana 4-H Citizenship Seminar

Montana Citizenship Seminar is designed to educate and inspire 4-H youth as they learn and experience the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Delegates participate in a mock trial, create and debate bills, meet with elected officials, and participate in a service-learning project.

The Seminar will be a 4-week program. It will start on Tuesday, January 19 and continue January 26, February 2 and 9. Each session will be at 6:00-8:30pm via Zoom.

Who Can Go?

4-H members, ages 13-19. Delegates can attend once. 

What Does it Cost?

There is no fee for the virtual event. 

What Else Do I Need to Know?

Every delegate is expected to sponsor one “bill” suitable for the mock 4-H Legislature. If a delegate already has a bill written it can be submitted electronically to Melody Harris at melody.marris@montana.edu by January 11, 2021. The bills will be reviewed and grouped by topic area prior to the event. If a delegate is struggling with writing a bill, they will have the opportunity to write a bill at the Seminar.

How Do I Register?

Members can register on ZSuite, www.4h.zsuite.org. Register by January 11. The event will appear at the bottom of the dashboard for eligible members. Registered members will then be approved by their county Extension office.


Small Animal Project Workshop

Saturday, Jan. 9

9 AM

Sheriffs Complex

Please bring your project workbooks.

This workshop is for all members in the Dog, Cat, Pocket Pet, Rabbit and Poultry Projects. This is an opportunity to get all your required activities done in your workbook for the year!!

Small Animal Committee Meeting

Saturday, Jan. 9

Sheriffs Complex

Immediately following the Small Animal Clinic

Montana Leadership Academy

For all 4-H Members 12 and older

The leadership academy is a network of Montana 4-H members interested in exploring and developing their own leadership skills while serving their county 4-H program in new ways. 

 Local county leadership groups will have an opportunity to join with groups from around the state as well as the Montana 4-H Ambassador Officer team, virtually and in person when possible, to work on skill building, planning and mentorship. 

Each month the officer team members will be presenting a different workshop topic that they have found to be important as they have grown their own leadership abilities. This workshop should be paired with a local county leadership meeting to work on county projects that serve the local 4-H program and community.  


Please notify Jennifer if you did not attend in December and you plan on participating, fergus4h@montanan.edu or call 406-535-3919 or text 406-366-1677

Fergus/Petroleum County will meet as a group at the Farm Bureau weather and health permitting.  We will all join virtually from home if needed or preferred.

All workshops are Sunday afternoons from 2:00 to 3:30- virtual program begins at 2:30

January 17-Citizenship

How can you share what is important to you with others? What do legislators and local policy makers need to know about 4-H? 

February 21-Planning & Recruitment

What does your community need? How can you make this happen? Who will be involved? How will you let people know what is going on and why?

March 14-Facilitation

What is an audience? What is a workshop? How do I use my skills to teach others?

April 11-Service & Recognition

What can I do to serve my community? How can I inspire others to serve the community? How can people be recognized?

May, 16-Promotion

What is 4-H? Where can we tell people about it? Why is this important for my community?

June 13- Reflection

What have I have accomplished or not? What have we accomplished or not? What is next and why?

Montanans for 4-H Legislative Breakfast

The Legislative Breakfast provides an opportunity to educate Montana legislators about the work and success of 4-H in the state. It brings together youth and adult constituents from across Montana to share stories of achievement drawn from their 4-H experiences.  The breakfast also reinforces the vital role of the MSU Cooperative Extension Service budget, which supports 4-H in Montana communities.   

The advocacy group, Montanans for 4-H, organizes and hosts the Legislative Breakfast with help from private donations and other support. The breakfast is held during the years when the legislature is in session.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021 Held Virtually via ZOOM Platform

Practice Meeting is Monday evening January 18, via ZOOM.

Legislative Breakfast will be held the morning of January 19th with a preparatory dinner on the evening of January 18th. Both of these events will be held virtually via ZOOM. Please contact the Fergus County Extension Office, 535-3919 or fergus4h@montane.edu for more information. 

4-H Calendar

Jan       1          Enrollment Deadline

            9           Small Animal Workshop, 9:00 AM

            10          Horse Project Workshop, 1:00, Sheriffs Complex

                          Horse Committee Meeting to follow

            11          Livestock Committee, 6:30 PM, Sheriffs Complex

                        Registration Due for Citizenship Seminar and Legislative Breakfast

            17          Leadership Academy, 2:00, Farm Bureau or online at 2:30

            18        Practice Dinner for Legislative Breakfast

            19        Legislative Breakfast

Feb      11        Valentine Cakes due to Extension Office

                          Leaders Council Meeting, 5:30, Sheriffs Complex

            21          Leadership Workshop, 2:30, Farm Bureau or online

Mar     14        Leadership Workshop, 2:30, Farm Bureau or online

April    11        Leadership Workshop, 2:30, Farm Bureau or online

15        Enrollment Grace Period Ends

                          Project Drop/Add Deadline

May     1          Fair Entry Begins

            16          Leadership Workshop, 2:30, Farm Bureau or online

June    1            Fair Entry Deadline

            13          Leadership Workshop, 2:30, Farm Bureau or online

            22          Jr. 4-H Camp

July      20        Pre-fair Interview Day

            23          4-H Horse Show

            26-31   Fair Week

4-H Facts

19,000 4-Hers across Montana

4-H is a diverse community of young people across Montana, the US and the world committed to learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills.

4,000 certified volunteers

4-H projects and activities rely on trained volunteers to provide leadership and work with youth as partners in learning.

200 4-H projects and other research-based curriculum

4-H’ers participate in hands-on learning experience building knowledge and life skills that contribute to lifelong success.

In 56 counties and 7 reservations

Montana State University Extension delivers quality youth development programs in all 56 counties and 7 reservations across Montana, actively engaging communities in life-long learning.

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Horse Committee

Wednesday, February 10th, 6pm, Sherriff’s Complex: Horse Committee Meeting

Horse Clinics Scheduled for April 2021!: We currently have three clinics arranged for this spring, including a basic horsemanship clinic, a performance show clinic, and a working ranch horse clinic. These will be held in the pavilion at the fairgrounds.

Members who do not have a pavilion membership will need to pay the $10 daily riding fee. Some scholarships are available – contact Emily at 406-535-3919 if you may need a riding fee scholarship. Please stay tuned to these newsletters and your email for more information!

- Basic Horsemanship – Saturday, April 17th

- Performance Horse – Sunday, April 18th

- Ranch Horse – Saturday, April 24th

Livestock Committee

Monday, March 8th, 6:00pm, Sherriff’s Complex: Livestock Committee Meeting

Main agenda items at this meeting will include the carcass contest, livestock clinics, and beginning preparation for fair.

Livestock Nutrition Clinics:

- Nutrition Basics - Tuesday, May 4th, 6-8pm: Josh Stroh will cover the basics of animal nutrition needs and the most important things to consider when raising your show animal.

- Species-Focused Nutrition – Wednesday, May 5th, 6-8pm: Josh will delve into more species-specific nutrition needs. Bring your questions!

These clinics are a great opportunity for new members or members who are raising livestock for the first time. Please stay tuned to these newsletters and your email for more information!

Quality Assurance

Now that quality assurance is completely online, you can take it anytime! If you need to renew your QA this year, get ahead of the game by visiting this link: https://edpuzzle.com/open/sardami.

  1. Once there, enter your full name into the “nickname” box. Then click “Join Class.”
  2. You’ll be taken to a screen with “Assignments” listed, and there will be a Quality Assurance Online Training video. Click that video, then hit play when it pops up on your screen. Watch the whole video (you can’t skip forward), and answer the questions that go along with it as they pop up.
  3. Once you’ve finished, your answers will be automatically recorded, and we can mark your Quality Assurance as complete!