January 2022 4-H Newsletter


Welcome 2022- Happy New Year


Welcome New 4-H Families!


New Family/Member/Cloverbud 4-H Orientation

Sunday, January 9

1:00 to 2:00 PM

Fergus County Sheriffs Complex Basement

Everyone is welcome to attend- highly recommended for new families. We will review the timeline for the 4-H Year and all of the activities and events available. We will visit about the Cloverbud Project and ideas for activities. We will review 4-H Projects for Members, workbooks, record forms and completion. The roles of parents in the program and the opportunities to be a leader will also be part of our discussion.


Montana 4-H Leadership Academy

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 1- January 9 : Topic- How to Make Club Meetings Awesome

Session 2- February 13: Topic- Ages and Stages for Mentors

Session 3- March 13- Topic- Successful Service Learning

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


Attention Small Animal Project Members

Dog, Cat, Rabbit, Poultry and Pocket Pet Projects


Saturday, January 8

10 AM to noon

Sheriffs Complex Basement

This workshop is an opportunity to get the required activities started if not finished in your project workbooks. We will also have a review of the project records in zsuites.

Please bring your workbooks and a smart phone or lap top if possible.


Small Animal Committee Meeting

Saturday, January 8

Noon- following the Small Animal Workshop

On the agenda: Winter Fair Rabbit and Dog Shows, Dog Obedience Clinics, Spring Showmanship Clinic


Leaders Council Meeting

Thursday, January 13

5:30 PM

Sheriffs Complex Basement

Each club should have at least one representative. All leaders and members are welcome.

On the agenda; Leaders Council Scholarships, Fairgrounds Gazebo Monument, County Public Speaking Day, zsuite Training.


4-H State Award Workshop

Sunday, February 13

1:00 PM

Sheriffs Complex Basement

Would like to attend National 4-H Congress in Atlanta Georgia? This workshop will help you understand how to build your resume in a project or activity area and submit a successful State Award application. Cassandra Cox will share her experience at National Congress in the fall of 2021.


4-H Enrollment

From January 1 to April 15, we will still accept late enrollment for the 2021-2022 4-H year. You will have to pay for your own literature and we have to get permission from the club you would like to join.


Project Drop/Add Deadline

April 15

In the next three months you will want to get started with all of your projects. Try and knock out the required activities in your workbooks and get started in your record keeping in zsuites. The fair book will go up on our website in January, so you can start planning your entries in February. Do a reassessment in early April, if you don’t like a project or know you can’t finish it this year, you may get onto zsuites and drop the project until April 15. Any projects you keep after this date you are expected to complete. (Please return any unused workbooks).

If you have finished a project by early April (workbook activities and records)- yay! You just need to have your fair exhibits ready. Or, you may want to move up a level. If you are a Horsemanship or Ranch Horse Project Member you also need to have a horse leader assess you.



January           8          Small Animal Workshop, 10:00 AM, Sheriffs Complex

                        9          4-H Orientation, 1:00 PM, Sheriff’s Complex

                                    Leadership Academy, 2:30, Sheriff’s Complex

                        13        Leaders Council, 5:30, Sheriff’s Complex

                        27-30   Montana Winter Fair

February         11        Valentines Cakes due to the Extension Office by 5:00 PM

                        13        State Award Workshop- 1:00 PM, Sheriffs Complex

                                    Leadership Academy, 2:30 PM, Sheriffs’ Complex

                        13        Office open to accept Valentine cakes 4:00 to 4:30 PM

                        14        Deliver Valentine Cakes 9 AM

March             1          Rec Lab Registration Due

                        13        Leadership Academy, 2:30

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

May                 1          Fair Entry Opens

June                1          Fair Entry Deadline

21-23   4-H Jr. Camp

July                  13-16   State 4-H Congress

                        25-30   Fair Week

September      1          Record Books due to Club Leaders

                        30        Last Day of the 4-H Year


January 2022 Newsletter


Livestock Committee Meeting

January 17th 6pm Sheriff’s Complex (Notice date Change)


Horse Committee Meeting

The next horse committee meeting is Monday, March 7th at 5:30 P.M. at the Extension Office.


Family Consumer Science Newsletter

This month Sarah will be starting a Family Consumer Sciences Newsletter. This will provide information on her upcoming classes and events as well as articles on topics such as family finance, nutrition, mental health, caregiving, food safety, cooking and more! Please email Sarah at sarah.bock@montana.edu or call the office if you are interested in being added to her list. She can email or mail the newsletter to you.


Youth Beef Show

There will be a youth beef show at the winter fair this month in Lewistown on January 30th.  Check in will be from 7 A.M. – 9 A.M. and the show will begin at 10. Grand prize winners for steers and heifers will each receive $300 and Reserve will receive $200. The remaining payouts will come from registration fees. To register or find more details, visit the Montana Winter Fair Website. Please contact Sarah or Cody with any questions.


Unlock the mysteries of space exploration!

We welcome members to participate in a two-part STEM space exploration workshop hosted by the Lewistown Public Library, Boys and Girls Club, and County Extension Office. Each workshop will involve two hands-on projects such as using a telescope and decoding with a cipher. There will be no cost and all materials are provided. Please contact Sarah Bock at 406-535-3919 or sarah.bock@montana.edu to get signed up.


When: January 31st and February 7th from 4 P.M. – 6 P.M.

Who: 5th and 6th grade members

Where: Boys and Girls Club

Cost: None