Ravalli County 4-H
September 2021 Newsletter
As this year ends with a very successful fair week, I want to extend my sincere gratitude to each and every 4-Her, parent, guardian, volunteer, and supporter! You are what makes this program so successful and one that continues to inspire new youth to join and gain the valuable life experiences 4-H has to offer. As you reflect on the past 4-H year, I hope you mostly think of the positive experiences and memories, but also note the experiences you learned from and how to do things differently in the upcoming year! Thank you again to everyone who gave their all this year in 4-H! 
September 14 - Carcass Education Night 6 PM Hamilton Pack Co.
September 14 - Beef After Fair Meeting 7 PM
September 20 - 4-H Advisory Council Meeting 7 PM
September 21 - Swine After Fair Meeting 6 PM
September 22 - Goat After Fair Meeting 6 PM
September 22 - Dairy After Fair Meeting 7 PM
September 27 - Dog, Rabbit, Poultry After Fair 5:30 PM
September 28 - Sheep After Fair Meeting 7 PM
September 24-26 - State 4-H Horse Show, Joliet, MT
October 1 - 4-H Enrollment Opens online Zsuite
October 3-9 National 4-H Week
October 19 - Livestock Committee Meeting 7 PM
December 31 - 4-H Re-enrollment Deadline
After Fair Livestock Species Meetings
Every year it is important to look at the systems and rules we have in place for our 4-H program. Each large animal project area has a subcommittee of the Livestock Committee. Those who can vote at the subcommittee meetings are teen project members and project leaders currently enrolled in the project. These subcommittees vote on proposed changes. Those changes that pass the subcommittee will then be voted on at the October Livestock Committee Meeting. The changes that are passed in Livestock Committee will then be voted on at the November 4-H Advisory Council meeting, Extension Office.
Carcass education night: Sept. 14, 6 PM, Hamilton Packing Co. 692 US-93, Hamilton, MT 
Beef Meeting: Sept. 14, 7 PM, Extension Office meeting room
Swine Meeting: Sept. 21, 6PM, Extension Office meeting room
Goat Meeting: Sept. 22, 6 PM, Extension Office meeting room
Dairy Meeting: Sept. 22, 7 PM, Extension Office meeting room
Dog, Rabbit & Poultry: Sept. 27, 5:30 PM, Extension Office meeting room
Sheep Meeting: Sept. 28, 7PM, Extension Office meeting room
Livestock Committee Meeting: Oct. 19, 7PM, Victor Weed District, 121 S. Tudor St, Victor, MT
Contact your barn’s superintendent or the Extension Office, 375-6611.
Enrollment- Opens Oct 1 on Zsuites
Returning families:
  1. Go to zsuite.org type in your email and password from last year (contact extension office if you forgot email or click “forgot password” if you forgot your password.
  2. By returning members name, click on more actions then create enrollment
  3. Fill out and update required fields.
  4.  Add your club and projects (this part can be updated throughout the year)
  5. Click add to cart to save

$10 for returning members and volunteers
$5 for Cloverbuds
$40 for new volunteers
Checks payable to Ravalli County 4-H

Project Books:
Your project books are not ordered in the Zsuites, even though they ask about them. Please order online: https://store.msuextension.org/
You may call the Extension Office with any questions, 406-375-6611.
National 4-H week
Show your 4-H sprit and wear 4-H Green on Friday, October 8th!
Ravalli 4-H Alumni
Quilt Raffle Winners:
  • Queen sized quilt - Ryan Oster
  • Lap Log Cabin quilt - Nellie Knight
  • Youth quilt - Tammy Beckwith
  • Christmas Skirt - Becki
Thank you Alumni and those ticket buyers for raising
$ 546.00
that will be used to send 4-H youth to 4-H camp!
Special honors to Dominic for being our top ticket seller!
4-H Alumni Rummage Sale

Saturday, September 18
9 AM - 2 PM
201 Grantsdale Road, Hamilton
Small Bore Pistol and Rifle Season
The summer of 2021 flew by as we spent our Tuesday & Thursday evenings leading our 4-H students through their introduction to shooting small bore rifle & pistol. A total of 13 young people participated, the most we’ve had since the program started in 2018. By the end of the season our goals were met – safety had become a habit, they were comfortable with their guns, and their groupings improved tremendously! Our final night was especially memorable in that we combined the groups and had the students coach the parents, as well as having some fun shooting competitions with the shooting trees!

The students made great strides in moving through the various NRA/Winchester Qualifcation Program achievement levels. One of the highlights was presenting the highest NRA/Winchester Qualifications award, Distinguished Expert, to Kale Blatter! His determination, focus, and attention to the fundamentals of shooting over the last two summers is something to be proud of.

It was summer of learning new shooting skills, developing discipline, and gaining self-confidence. The time spent was most rewarding & well worth it.
Kale Blatter, Distinguished Expert Award
Archery Season 2021-2022
Watch for a separate e-mail containing information about sign ups for the upcoming archery season!

Be sure to add the Archery project to your re-enrollment in Zsuites. Then in addition to your 4-H dues, Archery has a registration form and dues. Questions? Please contact the Extension Office.

Fall Ambassador Training
Friday October 22- Sunday October 24, 2021
Billings Hotel and Convention Center, Billings MT
Fall Training is the annual leadership development retreat for Montana 4-H Ambassadors and Teen Leaders. The event is planned, implemented, and evaluated by the State Ambassador Officer Team. Youth will leave the weekend prepared and excited to take the knowledge and skills they have gained and apply them in their counties. It is also a great place to have youth leaders exchange ideas and create a statewide network of resources. Fall Training takes place each year over MEA weekend, the third Thursday/Friday in October.
Registration cost is $175, including lodging (2 to a room) meals Saturday and Sunday Breakfast and program costs. Adult chaperones will have lodging options during registration.
Those participants interested in attending need to register using Zsuites. Please contact your MSU County Extension office for specific registration requirements and deadlines.
Youth participants must be 14 on or before October 1, 2021 and volunteer chaperones must be at least 21 and a certified volunteer.
Dunk the Mayor for 4-H
$500 was raised on Saturday at the fair for
Ravalli County 4-H!
The Living Centre
Farm Day Parade
Poster & Still Exhibits Competition
Consider participating!
This event is for the residents at The Living Centre to enjoy!

They are also having a poster and still exhibit competition that residents will be the judges for. Take your fair entries from last week and enter them again! You can win prizes for your entries. Please take your entries to The Living Centre in Stevensville before Monday, Sept 13.
Questions? call "Activities" at 406-777-5411.
Dog Project
Dog Meeting - NO Dogs
Date: Thursday, October 14
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Dog Barn at the Fairgrounds
Contact: Nicki Arndt, 406-369-0707, positivechangesllc@yahoo.com

Post Fair & Pre- 4H year: This meeting is for last year families & members (even if you didn't participate at fair) and for any new families & members interested in the Dog Project. There will be pizza!!
Horse Project 
2021 Montana State 4-H Horse Show

Location: Cottonwood Equine Center in Joliet
Date: Sept. 24-26
MSU/Ravalli County Extension Office

215 S. 4th Street, Ste G
Hamilton, MT 59840
Phone: 406.375.6611

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