Ravalli County 4-H
May 2021 Newsletter
Dear Ravalli county 4-H Families,
I hope you are all looking forward to an exciting and busy summer season ahead! We completed the gift basket silent auction fundraiser on May 1 and raised just over $2000 (including cash donations). Thank you to all who contributed to the amazing baskets! These funds go into the Ravalli County 4-H Advisory Council budget that pays for county programs like Competition Day, Animal Quality Assurance Trainings, 4-H Fun Day, Junior 4-H Camp, and more. We thank you and our community for their contributions!
The next way you can continue to help raise funds for county 4-H programs is to share the Bitterroot Gives Online Giving Drive coming up on May 6-7. This is a 24-hour online fundraising campaign that any non-profit in Missoula and Ravalli county can participate in. Our goal is to raise another $500 with this fundraising effort! Use the following to help spread the word:

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Again, thank you to all who help our fundraising efforts be successful so that 4-H Youth in Ravalli County can have the opportunities to learn important life skills!!
Upcoming dates
May 6-7 Bitterroot Gives online fundraising Campaign
May 12 Goat Quality Assurance 6:00 PM Victor Weed District
May 15 Swine Weigh-in 8 AM-12 PM Ravalli County Fairgrounds
May 17 Ravalli County 4-H Advisory Council Meeting 6:30 PM Extension Meeting Room
May 19 McDonald’s Employment Skills Workshop 5:30-6:30 Hamilton McDonald’s
May 25 Sheep Quality Assurance 5:30 PM Corvallis Grange Hall
May 26 Goat/Sheep Weigh-in 5-8 PM Ravalli County Fairgrounds
May 28 Small Bore Rifle and Pistol registration due
June 22 Livestock Committee Meeting 7:00 PM Victor Weed District
June 23 Ravalli County 4-H Junior Camp registrations due
July 13-16 Ravalli County 4-H Junior Camp
July 19 Meritorious Award nominations due
July 23 Livestock Marketing and Fair entry Workshop
August 5 Fair Entries Due
September 1-4 Ravalli County Fair
September 4 4-H/ FFA Livestock Sale
Cowboy Poetry Project Meeting
May 11th 7:00 PM Extension Meeting Room
Dog Project Meetings
Contact Nicki Arndt for more information at positivechangesllc@yahoo.com
Horse Project 
Ranch Horse Nights
Darby: 1st Monday of each month May-August
Waddell Creek Ranch 6:30-8:30 PM
Stevensville: May 6, June 3, July 1, and July 29
Jones Leather and Livestock 6:30-8:30 PM
Hippology Study Nights
Do you love learning about horses? Join the Hippology study nights to challenge your knowledge in a fun way!
Dates: May 13 6:30 pm, June 1 at 6:30 pm, July TBD
Location: Never Sweat Ranch 1025 US Hwy 93 S. Hamilton, MT 59840.
Please RSVP one week in advance if possible via phone (406) 381-3541 or email ashleymlee2019@gmail.com.
If members are unable to attend, I will have handouts that I can email.
Goat Project
Quality Assurance
When: May 12 at 6:00PM
Where: Victor Weed District 121 Tudor Street, Victor (old fire hall building)
Who: Members must become Quality Assurance certified once between the ages of 8-13 (as of October 1) and once again between the ages of 14-18 (as of October 1).

When: May 26
Where: Ravalli County Fairgrounds
Sheep Project 
Quality Assurance:
When: May 26 at 5:30 PM
Where: Corvallis Grange
Who: Members must become Quality Assurance certified once between the ages of 8-13 (as of October 1) and once again between the ages of 14-18 (as of October 1).

When: May 26
Where: Ravalli County Fairgrounds
Swine Project 
When: Saturday, May 15 from 8:00 AM- 12:00 PM
Where: Ravalli County Fairgrounds
Spring weigh-in this year will only be offered as an in-person format with members required to bring their animals to the fairgrounds to be tagged and weighed. The only exception to this is if you have a swine breeding operation, in which case you need to contact me for details prior to the scheduled weigh-in at the fairgrounds.
McDonald’s Employment Skills Workshop
May 19 5:30-6:30 PM
Hamilton McDonald’s Lobby
Get ready to apply for summer jobs! The franchise owner and manager are welcoming Ravalli County 4-Hers to attend an employment workshop to learn how to build a stand out resume, nail the interview, and use the skills learned in 4-H to your advantage once you land the job. This workshop will be geared to new job seekers but open to all who are interested in improving their employability skills.
The workshop will be limited to 20 participants. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Farmers Market 4-H Club Community Service Opportunity 
We are looking for 4-H Clubs to host a table at one (or more) of the Saturday Cooperative Farmers Market in Hamilton beginning May 8 - late Oct. Market is from 8:30 AM-12:30 PM. 
Master Gardener and SNAP-Education will take turns hosting the table with Extension program handouts and business cards. We won't be required to answer programming questions, merely refer to the agent/staff with a business card. This is an opportunity highlight our programs. We CANNOT sell anything because we are getting a free space since we are non-profit operation. 
If interested, please call the Extension office to sign up 375-6611
Please note:
Cancellations require a call into to Terri Frost, Market Manager, between 5:30-7:25 am Saturday mornings (406) 381-4386 and a call into Extension to notify us at 375-6611. The Extension table cloth/ banner, table, chairs, tent, and handouts may be picked up Thursday between 9-12 or 1-5 pm or Friday 9-12 or 1-5. They must be returned to the Extension office Monday between 9-12 or 1-5. People may take turns picking dates and may share a shift. It is prohibited to arrive late, after 8:30 or leave early, before 12:30 pm. 
Youth Volunteers for SNAP-Ed
summer classes 
Choose Health: Food, Fun, & Fitness is a 6 lesson summer program for up to 12 youth in a class, ages 8-12, in title one schools or whose families are income eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Ideally, classes are held once a week for 6 weeks, most of it outdoors, for 90 minutes.  

Jennifer Murillo- MSU-Ravalli Extension,  SNAP-Education Instructor is looking for teen assistance help supervise and assist with the games, activities, "cooking" (demonstrating and assisting kids to make salads or smoothies or wraps, etc.). 
If interested, please contact Jennifer Murillo
Phone: 406-375-6609 Desk, 406-529-9138 Telework
4-H Meritorious Service Award
Nominations due July 19, 2021
Nomination forms available in the Extension office or online: https://ravalli.msuextension.org/meritorious.html
Each year the Ravalli County 4‐H program recognizes individuals, businesses, or organizations, who have exhibited consistent and strong support of the 4‐H program. “Giving” relates to time, energy, leadership and/or support provided to enhance the educational mission of 4‐H.
The nominees may or may not be 4‐H leaders, teen members or volunteers. Recipients will be awarded during the Livestock Sale at the Ravalli County Fair.
If you have a nomination of someone you think should receive this award, please provide the name of the proposed recipient with explanation of their service to 4‐H accompanied with your name and contact information. The 4‐H Advisory Council will consider all nominations.
Nominations are due to MSU/Ravalli County Extension Office by scheduled July 4‐H Advisory Council Meeting.
4-H Junior Camp
When: July 13-16 (Tuesday-Friday
Where: Loon Lake 4-H Camp, Bigfork, MT
Who: 4-H Age 8-12 (4-H age is age of youth on Oct. 1, 2018)
Registration due: June 23 or until full to Extension Office
Cost: $115 for 4-H Members (Scholarships are available) and $145 for Non-4-H Members
What is camp?? Camp and outdoor education has been a part of the Ravalli County 4-H program for decades. It is a chance for kids to be screen free for four days while enjoying canoeing making new friends, fun in the sun, learning new skills, relaxing by the fire, building teamwork, sharing the adventure and HAVING THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE! Registration forms available online or call 375-6611.
Livestock Marketing Workshop
and Fair Entry help
When: July 27
Where: Fairgrounds
Who: All 4-H/FFA Livestock Sale participants
What:   1) Learn strategies to build relationships within Ravalli county to increase the sale price of your market animal. The more effort you put into marketing your animal the more you will get out of it!
2) Get signed up for fair and check it off your list!! Meet with the superintendents of each species to ensure you are signed up for the correct fair classes and pay your entry dues to the fair office.
MSU/Ravalli County Extension Office

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

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