Ravalli County 4-H
Newsletter
January 2021
Upcoming Dates
January 9 Beef weigh-in 8 AM 12 PM Sutherlin Farms
January 12 Horse committee meeting 6:00 Extension Meeting Room
January 15 Bred Dairy Heifer Deadline
January 18 Advisory council meeting 6:30 Extension Meeting Room & Webex
January 19 Legislative breakfast (virtual) 6:15 am-7:30 am zoom
January 19 Citizenship Seminar session 1 6-8 PM via zoom.
January 26 Citizenship Seminar session 2 6-8 PM via zoom
February 2 Citizenship Seminar session 3 6-8 PM via zoom
February 9 Citizenship Seminar session 4 6-8 PM via zoom
February 1 People Partner Grant Applications due to Montana 4-H Foundation
February 9 Livestock Committee Meeting Victor Weed District Conference Room 7:00 PM, - (131 S. Tudor St. (old Victor Fire Hall)
February 12 Camp Counselor Applications Due
March 1 New member enrollment deadline
April 1 Montana 4- H Foundation Scholarships applications due 
May 1 Ravalli County 4-H Carnival 2021 
New Member and Leader
Enrollment Reminder
Important Date: March 1
New members can sign up by March 1 and still participate with fair.
Members can drop/add projects for fair eligibility up until May 1.
Leaders must be re-enrolled prior to volunteering
Volunteer Vacancies
  • Livestock Sale Administrator 
  • Small animal sale coordinator
  • Teen Leadership Leader 
  • Air pistol/ air rifle leader 

Contact the Extension office to learn more about any of the above listed positions, or if you or someone you know may be interested!
Beef Weigh in information
An email and mailed letter was sent on 12/11/2020 to all past beef participants and newly enrolled beef participants. Please make sure the sheets included with the correspondence are completely filled out when you come to weigh in!
Also remember to bring with you:
-$2.00 /head for the brand inspection and Beef Council.
-Cash Donation for the Sutherland Farms and the Brand Inspector (used to purchase thank you gift cards)
Bred Dairy Heifer Project Information
Bred Dairy Heifer – 2 years old: Must send or email Bred Dairy Heifer Project Form plus three heifer identification pictures to Extension Office by January 15 to participate in livestock. Questions? Contact Jen Holmes, Dairy Superintendent, 642- 9717, lifelineFarm@msn.com.
Project Meetings
Dog Project
Module 2 (Rally Obedience) will start on Thursday January 7th
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Fairgrounds Floral Bldg unless the weather is too cold. 

Please contact Nicki Arndt positivechangesllc@yahoo.com with any questions.

Plumber Needed! Are you willing to donate some time to help get heat into the fairground's floral building that is used for dog meetings?
thanks,
Nicki













Cowboy Poetry Meetings
It is not too late to get signed up for cowboy poetry! The program leader is Dominic “Flominic” Farrenkopf. All ages and abilities are welcome and encouraged to participate. Email Dominic at flominic@live.com if you would like to sign up for this fun and educational project!

Date: Second Thursday of the month starting January 14th
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Extension Office Meeting Room 
Cake Decorating Meetings
Third Tuesday and Wednesdays of the month starting January 19th
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Extension Office Meeting Room
Rabbit Project
Date: Thursday, January 21
Location: Ravalli County Weed District in Victor
Time: 6:30 PM
Contact: Katie 210-0814
Project Leaders
The listed County-Wide Project Meetings are currently available to members. If you would like to offer a project meeting that is open to all 4-H members, please contact our office with details!
4-H Summer Camp 2021
Seeking Counselors 
Youth Director & Counselor Applications: 
Due Friday, February 12, 2021

Who: Counselors (open to all youth 4-H Age 14 and up)
It’s time to start planning for the 2021 4-H Camp! This year’s 4-H Junior Camp dates are tentatively set for July, 12-16 at Loon Lake, Bigfork. Camp training and planning will take place on an evening night in March and an all-day retreat on the weekend in April.
Applications are available online at the Ravalli County 4-H website or can be completed here. 
Chaperones: If you are interested in being a camp chaperone, it is strongly encouraged to attend the camp planning meetings.
Questions? Please contact Annie Bauer, MSU Extension Agent, abauer@rc.mt.gov or 375-6611
Teen Leadership Academy
Teen Leadership Academy
Virtually brought to you by the State 4-H Ambassador Team
Every Sunday from 2:30-3:30
Starting December 13
These trainings are geared towards teens who are interested in gaining useful leadership skills that they can bring back to their clubs, community, country, and world!
Join the first Montana 4-H Leadership Academy workshop on Sunday December 13th. The leadership academy is a network of Montana 4-H members interested in exploring and developing their own leadership skills while serving their county 4-H program in new ways.
Local county leadership groups will have an opportunity to join with groups from around the state as well as the Montana 4-H Ambassador Officer team, virtually and in person when possible, to work on skill building, planning and mentorship.
Each month the officer team members will be presenting a different workshop topic that they have found to be important as they have grown their own leadership abilities. This workshop can then be paired with a local county leadership meeting to work on county projects that serve our local 4-H program and community.

Learn More Here
Contact the Extension office if you are interested in attending!
Legislative Breakfast 2021
Virtual Breakfast with legislators via zoom 
Dates and Times: 
2:30PM – 3:30 PM Sunday January 17, 2021 Leadership Academy workshop focused on citizenship and talking with legislators. Anyone 12+ that wants more in-depth workshop on: Zoom etiquette, conversation starters, who are your legislators, 4-H talking points, and talking about your 4-H experiences.  
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Monday January 18, 2021 Introduction and practice/training meeting. Strongly encouraged for anyone attending the morning breakfast meeting
6:15 AM – 7:30 AM Tuesday January 19, 2021 “Breakfast” with Legislators hosted by Montanans for 4-H.  

Who Can Join? 
Any 4-H member or volunteer that would like to share with Montana legislators about the positive impact 4-H has on their own lives and their community.  

Registration
Register in Z-suites by January 9th
Contact the Extension office for assistance with registering 
Citizenship Seminar 2021
The 2021 Montana 4-H Citizenship Seminar will take place virtually using Zoom. Participants will interact with 4-H members from across the State as they study the many aspects of citizenship. They will learn how to write a bill and will be part of a “mock” legislature, acting as 4-H “Senators.” Bills will be debated in committees and on the 4-H Senate Floor.
When: The Seminar will be a 4-week program. It will start on Tuesday, January 19 and continue January 26, February 2 and 9. Each session will be at 6:00-8:30pm via Zoom.
Eligibility: 4-H members must be 13 years of age by October 1, 2020 and must NOT have attended Montana 4-H Citizenship Seminar previously.
Registration: Registration deadline is January 8, 2021. County offices must register youth using 4-H ZSuites. Please provide a current e-mail for member participating and a parent. E-mails will be used to send seminar information and the Zoom link for each session.
Bills: Every delegate is expected to sponsor one “bill” suitable for the mock 4-H Legislature. If a delegate already has a bill written it can be submitted electronically to Melody Harris at melody.marris@montana.edu by January 11, 2021. The bills will be reviewed and grouped by topic area prior to the event. If a delegate decides not to write a bill, they will have the opportunity to write a bill at the Seminar.
Forms: There are no additional forms required beside enrollment information, including waivers being complete in Zsuite.
Contact Melody Harris with questions at melody.harris@montana.edu or 406-256-2824.
People Partner Grants
Applications due February 1
Is there a project that can be done by 4-Hers, but you need some financial assistance to get it completed? The People Partner Grant can help! This grant is for 4-H groups or individuals wanting to enhance the quality of living for the people in their communities. Learn more here: http://montana4h.org/programs/grants/grants.html
COIVD-19 and 4-H
Please remember, when participating in 4-H sponsored events we must follow the guidelines put forth by the Governor and MSU Extension.


Currently, we must follow the newly added (November 20) mandate of not meeting in groups with more than 25 people.
MSU/Ravalli County Extension Office

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

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