March 2022 4-H Newsletter


4-H Public Speaking Day and Gavel Games

Registration Deadline- Wednesday, March 15

Event- Sunday afternoon, March 27 at the Boys and Girls Club

Cloverbuds pay participate in “Show and Tell”

Juniors (8 to 10 4-H age)- participate in Demonstration/Illustrated Talk, Prepared Speech,           Commercial, or Gavel Games.

Intermediates (11 to 13 4-H age)- participate in Demonstration/Illustrated Talk, Prepared         Speech, Commercial, or Gavel Games.

Seniors (14 and older 4-H age) participate in Demonstration/Illustrated Talk, Prepared Speech,        Career Communications, or Gavel Games.

**Please see the Tips and Times for Public Speaking on your zsuites dashboard under shared documents.

**Gavel Game teams are comprised of 4 to 6 members in the same age group.

**Please complete the attached registration form and return to the Extension Office by March 15.


Cloverbud Day Camp Planning

We will meet at 1:00 PM on March 13th at the Sheriffs Complex to set the date and plan Cloverbud Day Camp. All teen members and leaders are welcome.


Valentine Cakes

Thanks so much for the great help we had this year delivering cakes! Chris England and Grandma, Kaycee Workman, Maggie Barth, Delci, Haddasah and Josiah Plouffe. Special thanks to everyone that baked and donated a cake your efforts raised $550 for the leaders education fund!


Leadership Academy

This month’s topic will be Successful Service Learning. Join us in person or online, it is a great learning opportunity!


All members 12 and older are invited to participate

All sessions begin at 2:30 PM and finish by 4 PM

All sessions are led by the Montana 4-H Ambassador Team

Virtual Option- a zoom link will be emailed to the Extension Office each month and we will forward it to all members in this age group.

In Person- We will meet at the Sheriffs Complex (Basement) and enjoy snacks during the presentation. Please arrive by 2:20 so we can everyone settled when the session begins.

Mark your calendars for these dates.

Session 3- March 13- Topic- Successful Service Learning

Session 4- April 10: Topic- Lead with a Purpose


Fair book is Online

Please visit our website to see the 4-H Section of the 2022 fair book. There is a separate tab for the 2022 fair schedule. Be sure to jot the dates down that pertain to you and your family and take a look at the entry’s available for you projects. Now is the time to be finishing all of your static project displays and educational displays for animals.


4-H Project Drop/Add Deadline

April 15

Up until this date you can change your 4-H projects. Add a project you have discovered interest in or drop a project you are not enjoying. If you want to move up a level in a project, remember you must complete the requirements for the level you are in now, drop that level and add the next level by the 15th. No project changes are allowed after the 15th and you are expected to complete all projects remaining.


April 15- end of Enrollment Grace Period.

No new enrollment is accepted after April 15.



March             7          Horse Committee, 5:30, Extension Office

                                    Livestock Committee, 6:00, Sheriffs Complex

                        10        District Rec Lab meeting, 4:00 PM

                        13        Cloverbud Camp Planning, 1:00 PM, Sheriffs Complex

                        13        Leadership Academy, 2:30

                        15        Registration due for County Public Speaking Day

                                    And Gavel Games

18-19   State 4-H Rec Lab, Hobson

27        County Public Speaking and Gavel Games

April                10        Leadership Academy

                        15        Project Drop/Add Deadline

                                    4-H Enrollment Closes

                        17        Easter

                        28        Leaders Council, 5:30 PM, Sheriffs Complex

May                 1          Fair Entry Opens

June                1          Fair Entry Deadline

                        6          Small Animal Showmanship Clinic, 5:30, Small Animal Barn

21-23   4-H Jr. Camp

July                  13-16   State 4-H Congress

                        19        Pre-Fair Interview Day

                        21        4-H Ranch Horse Show and Speed Events

                                    Cat and Pocket Pet Show

                        22        4-H Performance Horse Show

                        25        4-H Dog Show

                                    Foods and Gardening Interviews

                                    Rabbit Confirmation Show

                        26        Rabbit Agility and Poultry Show

                                    Livestock Check In

                        27-30   Fair Week

September      1          Record Books due to Club Leaders

                        30        Last Day of the 4-H Year




Needs Assessment

MSU extension will be conducting a state-wide needs assessment. Each county will have a needs assessment conducted, so we ask that you participate in the county that you most identify as your own. Sarah Bock and Cody Ream will be conducting the needs assessments in Lewistown for Fergus county on March 22nd and in Winnett for Petroleum county April 5th, both will be held at 6pm. Keep an eye out for adds when the dates get closer!


Livestock Judging

Livestock Judging is back in Fergus and Petroleum Counties! MSU Extension is working to get teams together for practices and contests for the upcoming season. Our first official meeting was February 27, but don’t feel like you missed out if you weren’t able to attend. Moving forward it looks like we will be meeting on Tuesday or Thursday evenings. All 4-H kids are welcome to join! Contact the MSU Extension office for more details.


Bull Selection Workshop

MSU Extension will be putting on a Bull Selection workshop at the end of the month. In this workshop Cody Ream will be going over some different strategies for selecting the right bull for your operation, different technologies available, and a crash course on how to read and understand EPD’s in order to make an educated decision. Keep an eye out this month for fliers detailing this event.



There will be a horse committee meeting on Monday, March 7th at 5:30 PM at the Extension Office.