Ravalli County 4-H
Newsletter
March 2021
Upcoming Dates
March 20th 4-H Horse Clinic by Mustang Matt 10:00 -2:00 Skalkaho Arena
March 22nd 4-H Advisory Council Meeting 6:30 Extension Meeting Room
March 26th Competition Day Registrations Due
April 1st Montana 4-H Foundation Scholarship Applications due
April 1st Ravalli County 4-H Advisory Council Educational Scholarship Applications due
April 9th Competition Day- Speech and Demonstration, Fashion Revue, Visual Arts
April 13th Horse Committee Meeting 6:30 Extension Meeting Room
April 13th Competition Day- Stir-Ups
April 14th Competition Day- Awards Ceremony
April 15th Livestock Committee Meeting
May 1st Add/Drop Deadline
May 1st Ravalli County 4-H Carnival 2021
May 1st Ravalli County 4-H Ambassador Applications Due
May 7th 4th Grade Farm Fair
May 12th Goat QA 6:00 PM Victor Weed District Building
May 15th Swine Weigh-in
May 26th Sheep/Goat Weigh- in
July 13th-16th 4-H Summer Camp 2021
Project Add/Drop Deadline
Important Date: May 1
Each year, the deadline to add or remove projects from your enrollment is May 1. Usually, this is done via paper from turned into the Extension office. This year, it is the family’s responsibility to make these corrections on their Zsuite account.


ALL projects you plan to take to fair need to be added by MAY 1!
Please call the Extension office if you are having trouble figuring out how to do this, we are here and happy to help!

Remember: Youth taking livestock projects MSUT be enrolled in both a level (1,2,3, or independent study) and market or breeding project.

Adding/removing projects in Zsuites:
1. Go to 4h.zsuite.org
2. Login using your family email and password
3. Select the “primary account”- enter PIN
4. From the household list, click on the youth’s name
5. Click on “update enrollment”
6. Click on the “clubs” tab at the top of the page
7. Click on the “add projects” button at the bottom of the project list.
To remove a project, click the “x” to the right of the project
8.     Once the correct projects are added, click on “add to cart” to save changes.
9.     To add a project for another family member click “dashboard” on the left hand
side navigation panel, this will bring you back to the household list, follow steps 4-8
Please call the Extension office with any questions. We are happy to help!
Project Books
There are two ways to order your project books:
1.       Go to store.msuextension.org scroll down to the 4-H materials and search for the book(s) by category. Once selecting the correct book, you can pay online and have it shipped to you directly.
2.      Order through the Extension office. We will place the order on your behalf. When the order is in we will let you know to come pick it up and you can pay for the book (cash or check) at that time.

Some clubs pay for project books. Check with your club leader if this is something they offer!!
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!
Project Meetings
Dog Project
Meets on Thursdays
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Fairgrounds Floral Bldg unless the weather is too cold. 

Please contact Nicki Arndt positivechangesllc@yahoo.com before attending meetings for the first time or if you have 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
Next meeting: March 11th
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Extension Office Meeting Room 
Cake Decorating Meetings
Third Tuesday and Wednesdays of the month starting
Next meeting: March 16th & 17th
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Extension Office Meeting Room
Horse Project
Horse Level Assessments If you are in Horsemanship level 3 or above and would like to assess to the next horsemanship level, the horse committee would like to know, so a horse assessment day may be scheduled before May 1st. Levels 1 and 2 can be assessed by a club horse leader.
Please contact Coral Maxwell rcmaxwell77@gmail.com

Jumping and Dressage Practice:
Starting in April for jumping and dressage, semi private lessons are free for enrolled 4H horse kids. I have sign-ups through sign up genius with the following links.



Location: Coyote Creek Ranch and Studio
485 Thousand Acre Rd, Corvallis, MT 59828
(406)369-0020

Competition Day 2021
Competition day is an annual event that allows youth to showcase their work in still exhibit projects. This event is open to all youth (Cloverbuds included!) Winners in the senior age group are eligible to compete in the corresponding state level contests during 2021 Montana 4-H Congress.
Please visit the website to learn more about each contest!

Dates
  • Registrations due: March 26th
  • April 9th Speech and Demo (4 -6 PM), Fashion Revue (6:30-8:00 PM), and Art (drop off between 4 PM and 4:30 PM)
  • April 13th Stir-ups (4-6 PM)
  •  April 14th Awards Night (4 PM)

Registration Instructions
Registration will take place in your z-suite account. Follow the directions below or watch this quick video to learn how!

1.      Go to 4h.zsutie.org
2.      Login
3.      Select primary account (enter pin)
4.      Go to EVENTS in the left hand navigation pane
5.      Scroll down to the Ravalli County 4-H Competition Day event
6.      Review the rules and information using the link in the description
7.      Click REGISTER NOW
8.      All active members will be eligible to register. Click REGISTER for the first member in your family wishing to sign up.
9.      Complete all fields on the form
a.      The last step is confirming the media release that was completed during enrollment
10.  Click SAVE.
11.  At this point, you can go back and make any changes to the registration by clicking UPDATE REGISTRATION
12.  If everything looks good, click SUBMIT REGISTRATION
a.      If changes need to be made after submitting, call the extension office and we can make the changes for you,
13.  Complete steps 8-12 for all other members wishing to participate

New to the Sewing and Textiles Category
Quilt Category:
In an effort to be more consistent with how the state events are set up, quilt entries will be part of the sewing and textile category, but will not be judged in the format of fashion revue. We will have quilt displayed on a rack or table where entries will be looked at by a specific quilt judge. The quilt contest is a separate contest at the State Level and is run similarly to this format.
2021 Ravalli County Carnival
Details coming soon: Please keep an eye out for a separate e-mail with more details about the 2021 4-H Carnival.
Ravalli County 4-H Advisory Council Scholarships (County Level)
Deadline: April 1, 2021—in hand to the Extension Office
Due to: MSU/Ravalli County Extension Office

Request scholarship application from the Extension Office or find online.
The funds for the 2021 Ravalli County 4-H Advisory Council Scholarships came from the interest from the endowment invested with the Montana 4-H Foundation ($500) in February 2013 and the 2020-2021 Ravalli County 4-H Advisory Budget ($500).
The two $500 scholarships are available to help current and former Ravalli County 4-H members. The funds will be used to help two (2) students start or continue their education at a recognized college/university/institution of higher education. The recipient must be Ravalli County 4-H member and/or Ravalli County 4-H Alum. 
Montana 4-H Foundation Scholarships (State Level)
Deadline: April 1

The Montana 4-H Foundation offers a number of collegiate scholarships to students annually. When filling out the application, you will select which scholarships you would like to apply for. All scholarships require certain criteria to be met, in order to be awarded.

Find more information, a list of scholarships available and application information at the Montana 4-H Foundation’s Website: https://www.mt4hfoundation.org/scholarships.html
Ravalli County 4-H Ambassador Applications
Becoming a county 4-H Ambassador is a great opportunity for youth ages 14 and older to enhance their leadership skills!

Applications Due: May 3, 2021 to the Extension office

What do 4-H county ambassadors do?
  • Represent 4‐H in a public relations role.
  • Promote 4‐H with potential members, parents and the general public.
  • Help plan, implement and evaluate 4‐H events.
  • Organize 4‐H promotion activities.
  • Develop personal leadership skills and self‐confidence.
  • Encourage financial support for 4‐H.
Teen Leadership Academy
Teen Leadership Academy- Four Sessions left!
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 should be paired with a local county leadership meeting to work on county projects that serve the local 4-H program and community. 
All workshops are Sunday afternoons from 2:30 to 3:30.  
Contact the Extension Office if you are interested in attending!

Upcoming Sessions:

March 14
Facilitation
What is an audience? What is a workshop? How do I use my skills to teach others?

April 11
Service & Recognition
What can I do to serve my community? How can I inspire others to serve the community? How can people be recognized? 

May 16
Promotion
What is 4-H? Where can we tell people about it? Why is this important for my community?

June 13
Reflection
What have I have accomplished or not? What have we accomplished or not? What is next and why?

Contact the Extension office if you are interested in attending!
Montana 4-H Live Webinar Series: GPS and Drone Mapping
Montana 4-H is excited to offer a live webinar series introducing youth to the Global Positioning System (GPS) and Drone Aerial Mapping Technologies and how they're used in agriculture and natural resource applications. 
The wide range of practical applications provide 4-H youth and clubs with many options from which to pursue their interests and projects - from military, farming/ranching, natural resources, history, geo-spatial storytelling, outdoor activities, and so many more!
This webinar series will take place from February 2021 - June 2021. Webinars will also be recorded and made available on montana4h.org.
Register via Zsuites- call Extension office for assistance.

March Webinars
March 23, 6:30 PM: Aerial Photos, Maps & Compasses Use aerial photos, maps, and compasses to navigate the outdoors. Photos, maps, and compasses are used with GPS technology to explore our world
COVID-19 and 4-H
While operating in a 4-H capacity we must remember to uphold the guidelines put forth by MSU Extension:
  • Practice social distancing
  • Masks are encouraged at all social gatherings
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Stay home if you are showing COVID-19 symptoms or know you have been in close contact with someone who is positive
MSU/Ravalli County Extension Office

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

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