October 2020

A New 4-H Year!!

We look forward to sharing the adventures and discoveries of the new year with you! We welcome new Cloverbuds, Members, Parents and Volunteers and want you to know how pleased we are to have you in the 4-H Program. 4-H has sustained and adapted to changing times for over 100 years and we are up to any challenge that may present itself. We are committed to all of you and providing a great experience in the coming year.

4-H Enrollment begins October 1

The new 4-H year begins with a new enrollment program. Clover magazines will be distributed at your club meeting, along with instructions for the Zsuite program. Your family email you will need to use for log in is on a sticker on the front of the Clover. If you had an account in the Zsuite program last year to do your records, you will just log into that existing account. If you have any questions, please feel free to call, or they are very responsive and helpful in the live chat also.

Be sure to read all the project descriptions in the Clover for all project you are taking. You will also want to read the pink and the green insert in the Clover with general enrollment information and the Roles and Responsibilities of Cloverbuds, Members, Leaders and Parents.

The last step of your enrollment will be downloading the “Yearly 4-H Enrollment Agreement” from the Zsuite Dashboard under shared documents. Carefully review this form with your parent(s), sign and turn into your club leader or to the Extension Office.

National 4-H Week


Each year, the first week of October, we celebrate 4-H. It is a time to showcase our clubs and our 4-H families. It is the time to invite new families to join 4-H. Please take the time this week, October 4-10, to share your favorite 4-H photos on Facebook with the hashtags above.

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Round Table Discussion Groups

Sunday afternoon, October 11 at the Lewistown Boys and Girls Club

If you accepted award nominations, you were sent the schedule on Friday by e-mail, it is also attached with this letter. I am pleased to say that seventy-one members were nominated for awards and forty-seven of those members accepted the nomination and will participate in Round Tables on the 11th. Congratulation to all!

Leadership Academy Launch Party!

For all 4-Hers 12 and older

Sunday, October 17, 2:30 to 5:00 PM at the Lewistown Farm Bureau Meeting Room

Please pre-register at click on Programs, Youth Leadership and Leadership Academy.

This launch party is hosted by the Fergus/Petroleum County Ambassadors and the State 4-H Ambassador Team will join us virtually to hear the Keynote Speaker Kent Julian. Pizza will be provided.

County Awards Program & Ice Cream Social

Sunday, November 8, 1:00 PM. Please mark your calendars! All members and cloverbuds will receive their yearly completion awards and county award winners will be recognized.

Leaders Banquet and Annual Meeting

Sunday, November 22, 5:00 PM. Location TBA Mark your calendar and please plan on attending. Small Animal Project Winter Workshop Saturday, Jan. 9, 9:00 AM


Mark you calendar. This workshop is designed to help you complete your seven required workshop activities for the year.

The Small Animal Committee will meet following the workshop

Horse Committee


Sunday, January 10th, 1pm, Sherriff’s Complex: Horse Workbook Workday and Meeting

This is an opportunity for members to bring their horse workbooks, records, etc., and receive help from experienced members and leaders. Following the workbook time (about one hour), there will be a horse committee meeting where we will discuss spring horse clinics.

CONGRATULATIONS! Congratulations to Royce Stonehocker, the winner of our horse fundraiser drawing and a $100 Visa gift card! Thank you to all the members who collected sponsorships to support the 4-H horse program!

Livestock Committee


Monday, October 26th, 6pm at the Sherriff’s Complex – location may change depending on COVID situation

At this meeting we will be voting on the proposed policy changes that were brought forward at the September meeting. Those policy changes are attached to this newsletter. Remember, you MUST be an enrolled member or leader for the 2019-2020 and/or 2020-2021 4-H years in order to vote.

Lost and Found

Are you missing feed buckets, show sticks, show shirts, clothing, coats, sleeping bags… please

stop by the office, we have some of all!

Bright Country Nights

Holiday Drive Through Light Show

Nov. 27-29

Go to the Facebook page BrightCountryNightsMT for photos from past year.

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Proceeds from this event go to the Central Montana Fairboard to be used for maintenance and improvements at the fairgrounds. Some of the projects these funds have been used for are; lights in the small animal barn, the new highway

approaches, sod by the ag building, new ticket booths, big arena sound system and the concrete wall by the race track.

If your club is interested in setting up a display, set up will be anytime Nov 21-24 and clean up will be Nov. 20 through Dec. 6. Pledge sheets are attached to this letter.

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4-H Calendar



Enrollment Begins


National 4-H Week


Round Table Talks


Leadership Academy Launch Party, 2:30, Farm Bureau



County Awards Program & Ice Cream Social


Leaders Banquet and Council Annual Meeting

27-29 Bright Country Nights



Enrollment Deadline


Small Animal Workshop, 9:00 AM


Horse Project Workshop1:00, Sheriffs Complex

Horse Committee Meeting to follow

29-30 Montana Winter Fair



Valentine Cakes due to Extension Office



Enrollment Grace Period Ends

Project Drop/Add Deadline



Fair Entry Begins



Fair Entry Deadline


Jr. 4-H Camp



Pre-fair Interview Day


4-H Horse Show

26-31 Fair Week


"I Pledge

my Head to clearer thinking, my Heart to greater loyalty, my Hands to larger service, and my Health to better living, for my Club, my Community, my Country and my World."