March 2021 4-H News Letter

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

Thank you!

Thank you, so much, to everyone that baked and decorated Valentine Cakes. You added $600 to the Leaders Education Fund and thank you cakes were delivered to the hospital, fire, police, sheriff and other business’s that support 4-H.

County Public Speaking Day

Registration is due March 12

Sunday afternoon, March 28, Lewistown Boys and Girls Club

Please use the enclosed form to register.

Montana 4-H Leadership Academy

Sunday, March 14

2:00 PM in person at the Farm Bureau

2:30 PM on line

For all 4-H Members 12 and older by Oct. 1, 2020

Foods and Baking Workshop

Saturday, March 27th

10 am to 1 pm

Lewistown Boys and Girls Club

Registration due, Friday, March 19- call the Extension Office at 535-3919

This workshop is for all members in any level of Foods or Baking. We will prepare items appropriate for each project and then enjoy a yummy lunch! We will also go over project records and discuss fair entries and displays.

Cloverbud Camp Planning Meeting

Thursday, March 25

5:00 pm

Extension Office

If you would like to help plan the 2021 Cloverbud Day Camp, please attend. We will choose a theme, activities and set the date.

Ambassador Events

Annual Food Bank Toiletry Drive

Donations due, Wed. March 31

The food bank can only spend their donated funds on food products, leaving family’s in financial distress without a means to purchase toiletry items. The Ambassadors conduct a yearly collection drive and donate the collected items to the Lewistown Food Bank. The club that brings the most items to the Extension Office by Friday, April 2nd will be rewarded with an ice cream party by the Ambassadors. Items to collect; toothpaste, tooth brushes, mouth wash, toilet paper, soap, body soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotions.  Please bring the items in a box clearly marked with your club’s name.

Traveling Farm

Monday, April 5th

Please mark your calendars for the Monday after Easter and join the Traveling Farm! Calves, lambs, baby pigs, rabbits, ducks and chickens, cats and dogs are all welcome and very much enjoyed by the residents of the Lewistown Nursing Homes and Assisted Living facilities. The animals will more than likely be shared through the windows, but what a great, uplifting, experience for everyone. The group will meet in the bowling alley parking lot at 8 am that morning to divide up and will finish by noon. Please contact Cassandra Cox, (538-4172), if you would like to participate.

Farm Safety Day

Tuesday, April 13

Teen Leaders- Please contact Cody England, (366-2766), if you are willing to be a group leader for this years Farm Safety Day.

Project Drop/Add Deadline

April 15

You may add or drop 4-H Projects up until April 15. If you are not sure you are going to be able to complete a project this year, you will want to drop it before the 15th, so it is not marked incomplete when your record book and project books are assessed. If you have finished one level and want to move up to the next level, you need to do so by the 15th.

 Montana 4-H Collegiate Scholarship Applications

Application Due: April 1st

The Montana 4-H Foundation offers several collegiate scholarships to students. When filling out the application, you will select which scholarships you would like to apply for. All scholarships require certain Criteria to be met, in order to be awarded. We ask that you only apply for only the scholarships you qualify for. Below are links to the scholarship application. Please follow the directions on the application to apply. If you have questions, please contact the Montana 4-H Foundation by email 4hfdn@montana.edu or call 406-994-5911. 

http://montana4h.org/programs/grants/scholarships.html

 Kids' Chance of Montana Scholarship

Application Due: March 31st

Kids' Chance of Montana provides scholarships to students who have had a parent killed or severely injured on the job. Montana has one of the highest rates of fatalities and severe work-related injuries in the country. The Kids' Chance Scholarship application is available at Kids Chance of Montana. Application deadline is March 31st. Eligibility criteria is quite minimal beyond the experience of having a parent who has suffered a significant workplace injury or fatality. The scholarships can be used toward 2 year & 4-year colleges/universities, technical/career education opportunities, and are renewable. To learn more, please visit http://www.kidschanceofmontana.org/.

Invisalign Change Makers

Application due March 31st

The Invisalign Change Makers Initiative, in partnership with National 4-H Council is accepting application for $5,000 cash award opportunity for 4-H Youth. All teens ages 13-19 who have made an impact in their community in the past 12 months are eligible to apply for a chance to be recognized for their contributions and win one of 100 cash awards ($5,000 each). At least 30 of these awards will be given to 4-H'ers. To apply, visit: Invisalignchangemakers.com 

2020-2021 Shooting Sports Training Dates & Registration

Billings: April 9 & 10, 2021 at 4-H Building, Metra Park: Registration / Agenda

Bozeman: April 16 & 17, 2021 at 123 Doe Road, Belgrade, MT 59714: Registration / Agenda

Kalispell: April 23 & 24, 2021 at Grandstands, Flathead County Fairgrounds: Registration / Agenda

 Each training workshop includes 3-hour Friday night sessions covering the philosophies and policies of Montana 4-H and 8-hour Saturday session of discipline training. Upon completion of the course, volunteers receive a certificate that allows them to administer 4-H Shooting Sports in their county and in the discipline, they received training for. For more information, please visit the Shooting Sports Training Page.

Calendar

March 7          Camp Counselor Training, 1:00, Sheriffs Complex

            8          Livestock Committee, 6:00 PM, Sheriff Complex

            12        Registration due for County Public Speaking Day and Gavel Games

            14        Leadership Academy, 2:00, Farm Bureau

            20        Youth Mental Health First Aid, 8:00 AM, Sheriffs Complex- pre-reg required

            25        Cloverbud Camp Planning Meeting, 5:00 PM, Extension Office

            27        Foods and Baking Workshop, 10 am, Boys and Girls Club

            28        County Public Speaking Day and Gavel Games

            31        Toiletry Drive donations due

April    5          Traveling Farm

            5          Traveling Farm

            13        Farm Safety Day

            15        Project Drop/Add Deadline

                        End Enrollment Grace Period

                        Hog Weigh/Tag/Photo Deadline

            17        Basic Horsemanship Clinic, Pavilion

            18        Performance Horse Clinic, Pavilion

            24        Ranch Horse Clinic, Pavilion

May     1          Fair Online Entry Opens

4          Livestock Nutrition Basics, 6-8 pm, Sheriffs Complex

            5          Species Focused Nutrition, 6-8 pm, Sheriffs Complex

            14        Registration due for 4-H Sr. Camp

            15        Sheep and Goat Weigh/Tag/Photo Deadline

June    1          Fair Entry Deadline

            1-3       Senior Camp

            2          Fair Entry Grace Perion Begins- $5 late fee

            15        End of Fair Entry Grace- Entry Closes 5:00 PM

            21        Counselor Day at Camp

            22-24   Junior Camp

July      10        Food Booth Workday, 9:00 am

                        Small Animal Barn Workday, 11:00 am

            20        Pre-Fair Interview Day

            21        4-H Ranch Horse Show

            22        Cat and Pocket Pet Show, 5:30

            23        4-H Horse Show

            26        4-H Dog Show

                        Foods and Gardening Interviews

                        Rabbit and Poultry Checkin

                        Rabbit Confirmation and Showmanship

                        Pavilion Set up, 3:30

            27        Rabbit Agility

                        Poultry Show

                        Livestock Check In and Weigh In       

            28        Swine Show

                        Sheep Show

            29        Beef Show

            30        Sale

            31        Premium Payout

                        Animal Check out noon

                        Indoor Check out 5:00 PM

Sept.    1          Record Books due to Club Leaders

 

AG Newsletter

Horse Committee

Fair Entry Workshop, Thursday, March 18th, 6-8pm, Sherriff’s Complex: This is an opportunity to learn more about the horse shows at the fair. Learn about which classes members can enter, which projects members should be enrolled in if they plan to compete during the fair, and more. If you think of questions ahead of time, send them to emily.standley1@montana.edu so our horse leaders can prepare, but feel free to bring your impromptu questions as well!

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

Horse Fundraiser

The Horse Committee is asking each member enrolled in a horse project to fundraise $50 worth of sponsorships by June 1st to support the 4-H Horse program. Details and sponsorship forms were emailed to all club leaders and horse members. Please see the form in this newsletter, or call the Extension office if you need additional forms.

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!