Ravalli County 4-H
Newsletter
November 2020
Upcoming Dates
County Wide Meetings
Ravalli County 4-H Advisory Council Meeting
  • Date: Monday, November 16
  • Time: 6:30 PM
  • Location: Ravalli County Administration Building conference room-first floor 

Livestock Meeting
  • Date: Tuesday, February 9
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Victor Weed District Conference room - 131 S. Tudor St. (old Victor Fire Hall)

Horse Committee Meeting
  • Date: Tuesday, November 10
  • Time: 6:30 PM
  • Location: Ravalli County Administration Building conference room-first floor

Small Animal Committee Meeting 
  • April- TBD 

Indoor Project Committee Meeting 
  • TBD 

Project Meeting Information 

Dog - 6:30 PM every Thursday evening, Contact Nicki Arndt  - 369-0707

Rabbit - Thursday, Dec. 17, Ravalli County Administration Building conference room-first floor, Contact Katie Freeman - 210-0814

Cowboy Poetry - meetings starting in January 2021 contact Dominic Farrenkopf - 369-1588

Beef - Steer Weigh-in Jan. 9th 

Archery - Registration will be opening soon

If you have a county wide project meetings you would like announced in the newsletter, please contact the Extension office.
Enrollment Deadlines
Volunteer Vacancies
  •  4-H Council President
  • Poultry superintendent
  • Beef superintendent
  • Small animal sale coordinator
  • Teen Leadership leader
  • Shooting sports county coordinator
  • 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!
Organizational Leader Training
When: Wednesday, December 9, 2020 6-8 PM 

Where: Webex (link to be sent out to registered participants)

Who: All 4-H club Org leaders and Co leaders

What: Many things look different this year, but many things are still the same! 4-H can remain as a positive constant in youths' lives, but it's not possible without our volunteers!
Volunteer trainings will be held virtually this year. However, the session will still be interactive and filled with chances to learn from each other. 
Registration due: Monday, December 7, 2020


Other information: Set up your computer before hand using a test webex meeting:  https://help.webex.com/en-us/nti2f6w/Webex-Meetings-Join-a-Test-Meeting   
Project Leader Training
When: Wednesday, December 16, 2020 6-8 PM 

Where: Webex (link to be sent out to registered participants)

Who: All county or club project leaders

What: Every project is different, but there are a lot of similarities! Join the conversation on how to still make this year a success despite the challenges we face. Bring your questions and expertise to share with the group!  

Volunteer trainings will be held virtually this year. However, the session will still be interactive and filled with chances to learn from each other. 
 
Registration due: Monday, December 14, 2020

Other information: Set up your computer before hand using a test webex meeting:  https://help.webex.com/en-us/nti2f6w/Webex-Meetings-Join-a-Test-Meeting  
Order your 2021 Greytak Calendar
We are happy to once again offer the famous Montana 4-H Calendar with Don Greytak’s amazing pencil art for each month of 2021. The price to clubs and counties will be $10. We recommend that you sell the calendars at $15 which will give your clubs or counties a $5 profit. 

Contact the Extension office to order or for more information 
4-H Dog Project Meetings
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Date: Thursday evenings
Time: 5:30pm or 6pm (time depends on which group you are in) dog meetings with dogs. 
Location: Fairgrounds, Dog Barn/Arena as long as the weather holds then location TBD.

Contact: Nicki for more information, 406-369-0707

Future Meetings:
Saturday, November 7, 2:30pm meeting without dogs, location TBD subject TBD
Saturday, December 5, 2:30 pm meeting without dogs, location TBD, subject TBD
TENTATIVE 1st Saturday of each month at 2:30 pm meeting without dogs, location and subject TBD
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!
Contact the Extension office if you are interested in attending!
Ag Ambassador Competition
Saturday, January 30th, 2021 
This event takes place during the Montana Winter Fair in Lewistown, MT and is open to ANY junior high or high school student (7th-12th grade). However, younger competitors should be informed ahead of time that they might compete against seniors in high school – we do not have separate divisions planned right now. They do not need to be a 4-H member to participate.
Students will be asked to complete the materials listed below with a focus on the topic of Diversity in Montana Agriculture. The topic is intentionally broad, to encourage creativity. Students can focus on diversity as it relates to people in MT agriculture, types of crops/livestock, new or innovative production/management ideas, or even diversity in end products from MT agriculture.
  1. Newspaper Article – 500-800 words, will be sent to event organizers ahead of time
  2. Radio Spot – 50-60 seconds long, pre-recorded and sent to event organizers ahead of time
  3. Interview – mock TV interview happening day of competition 
  4. Prepared Speech – 7-12 minutes, delivered on day of competition
  5. Social Media Posts & Marketing Plan – 3 posts on any appropriate platform, including a picture or video (max. 30 sec.), and posts written using 40 words or less; sent to organizers ahead of time
a. Marketing Plan: submitted with posts and defines target audience by
location, age, gender, interests, etc.

Cash Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 competitors. Students must participate in all 5 contest components to be eligible for awards.

With the uncertainty surrounding COVID, this event may be held virtually or in person, depending on the status of other competitions that usually happen that weekend
Registration materials will be posted to the website Montana Winter Fair Website starting November 15th, 2020
If you are interested in participating in this event, contact the Extension office visit: http://www.montanawinterfair.com/ 
MSU/Ravalli County Extension Office

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

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