4-H Chuckwagon Committee in Need of Officers

Hill County 4-H’s Chuckwagon Committee is in need of a Chair and a Vice-Chair. The officer positions need to be filled in order for this committee to continue.

The 4-H Chuckwagon Committee is a “special” committee. The explanation for a Special Committee is such that they are created throughout the year, usually at a Council meeting, to work on a short-term project. When the project is completed the committee no longer meets. Currently, the Council and Foundation created the “special” Chuckwagon Committee to be a multi-year project.

When the Chuckwagon Committee was first created, its focus was to work to rebuild the Chuckwagon Building on the fairgrounds. This committee was to work on the design, fundraising and construction of the new building. As the project has evolved, the goals of the Chuckwagon Committee are to maintain the new building, handle rental requests, fundraise, if necessary, for overhead and utility costs. This committee is to promote long-term sustainability and feasibility of 4-H’s capital assets.

If you are interested in serving on this Committee as Chair or Vice-Chair, please contact the Extension office.

Upcoming Swine Workshop (includes LQA)

Dave Madsen, DVM, serves as the Swine Outreach Coordinator for the Montana Department of Livestock and is providing training and education to 4-H members about pigs.

Plan on attending a workshop on Saturday, January 11, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. at the 4-H Chuckwagon to learn more about your swine project BEFORE you purchase your pig for this year’s fair. This workshop counts as one of your seven activities needed to complete your project and it also will fulfill the requirement for LQA.

Those 4-H members still needing LQA to be able to take a market animal this year are: Macy Barrett Kenzie Kallenberger Grace Brown Alyssa Lavery Ike Carroll.

If you are unable to attend on January 11th, please contact Tom Allen for other LQA arrangements.

Upcoming Events, Meetings and Deadlines

4-H Shooting Sports - Archery
Wednesdays 4-H Chuckwagon at 6:00 p.m.
The 4-H Shooting Sports Archery group will be shooting on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. at the 4-H Chuckwagon. The first shoot was on Wednesday, January 1st. If you have not enrolled in Shooting Sports but are interested, go up and visit the group on Wednesday. If you are not enrolled, you cannot shoot per insurance specifications, but you are welcome to come out and see what it is all about.

4-H Interstate Exchange Organizational Meeting
Sunday, January 5, 2020 in the Timmons Room at 2:00 p.m.
There is an organizational 4-H Exchange Meeting scheduled for Sunday, January 5th at 2:00 p.m. in the Timmons Room at the Hill County Courthouse to start planning the 2020-2021 round. To be eligible for the 2020-2021 Exchange round, a 4-H member needs to be 13 on October 1, 2019. On the other end, a 4-H member cannot be older than a Senior in High School during the last year of the round. So if a 4-H member is scheduled to graduate in May of 2020, they are too old for the 4-H Exchange group. If you are interested in expanding your horizons and traveling to another part of our nation to learn about different cultures and what other 4-Hers are doing in their programs, then this group may be for you. If you are interested in the 4-H Exchange group, please attend this meeting to see what it is all about.

4-H Cloverbuds Meeting
Sunday, January 12, 2020 in the Timmons Room at 2:00 p.m.
The 4-H Cloverbud group will meet at 2:00 p.m. in the Timmons Room on Sunday, January 12, 2020. Please call or email the office to let us know you will be attending to assure we have enough supplies for everyone. Thanks.

4-H Council Meeting
Thursday, January 16, 2020 in the Timmons Room at 6:00 p.m.
The 4-H Council will meet at 6:00 p.m. in the Timmons Room on Thursday, January 16, 2020.

4-H Battle of the Cupcakes Planning Meeting
Sunday, March 15, 2020 in the Timmons Room at 4:00 p.m.
The 4-H Battle of the Cupcakes has been scheduled for March 22nd. There will be another planning meeting on Sunday, March 15th at 4:00 p.m. in the Timmons Room to finalize the event. All are invited to help plan this fun event. Registration and competition information forms will be released in February.


Montana Middle School Students Eligible for Prestigious Scholarship

Each year, one talented Montana student is selected on the basis of character and academic accomplishment to receive $62,000 annually to cover their attendance at St. Paul’s School, a boarding school in New England, along with $15,000 awarded per year towards tuition at a college of their choice. Founded in 1856, St. Paul’s School is a co-educational college preparatory high school in Concord, N.H. The 2,000-acre grounds are home to approximately 530 students from 38 states and 20 countries. All students and the nearly 100 full-time faculty members live on the grounds. The School is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Established in 1973, the Cook Scholarship is underwritten by the Frank Hervey Cook Trust and is named in honor of Frank Hervey Cook, a Montana resident and successful cattle rancher who graduated from St. Paul's School in 1919. Following his death in 1970, the majority of his estate was converted to a trust for Montana students who might benefit from a St. Paul's education. Since the founding of the scholarship, 124 Montana students have attended St. Paul's School from Montana – 78 as Cook and Hervey Scholars. The Montana-based Cook Board selects recipients who meet St. Paul’s School admission standards and demonstrate a desire to give back to the Big Sky state. “Through the Cook Scholarship, young Montana students receive an outstanding high school education, with top-notch academic faculty and unique athletic and arts programs not offered here in Montana,” says Alex Blake, a Cook Trustee, and past Cook Scholar. “My St. Paul’s School experience opened up doors for me from an Ivy League education to serving in the Marine Corps, all of which helped me bring more home to Montana when I moved back.” Cook Scholarship finalists are selected by the St. Paul’s School Admission Office and then interviewed in Montana by the Cook Scholarship Board of Trustees, which includes Montana residents, former Cook Scholars, and a representative from St. Paul’s School. As a part of this opportunity, Cook Scholars are expected to give back to Montana through a minimum commitment of 80 hours of community service to benefit their state, along with a summer of service to their Montana hometowns.
Applications to St. Paul's School and the Cook Scholarship are due January 15, 2020.
Interested Montana students in the 7th, 8th, and 9th grades looking for a challenge are encouraged to attend an information session about St. Paul’s School and the Cook Scholarship on Friday, November 8, from 6pm to 7pm. Please visit www.http://apply.cookscholarship.org for a list of locations. Those interested in learning more about this educational opportunity at St. Paul’s School and the Cook Scholarship should visit www.http://apply.cookscholarship.org

To learn more about St. Paul’s School, please visit their website, www.sps.edu 


2020 Rec Lab * April 24-26 * Hobson “Perfect Vision for the Future” 

 Rec Lab offers many avenues for 4-H members and volunteers to explore while building project, leadership and team building skills. 

Rec Lab is an event for younger senior members (13+ as of October 1, 2019) to attend a state event for the first time and begin to form relationships with 4-H peers from across the state, broadening their own skills and widening their network. Mark your calendars  now and plan on attending this educational, fun state 4-H event. 

2020 Greytak Calendars are going… 

and purchase an autographed 2020 calendar. 

WE ONLY HAVE A HANDFUL LEFT – contact Amanda at the Extension office to get yours today.

The Sunrise 4-H Club (Kelly Compton, leader) and the Blue Horizon 4-H Club (Shelma Seidel, leader)  are also selling Greytak calendars.


Who can be in 4-H?How Do I Join?

     Any youth who is 5 years old on October 1st may join 4-H as a Cloverbud.  Cloverbuds is a non-competitive educational program that allows exploration of 4-H.  It is the only project this age group can do.

     Youth age 8 on October 1st may join a regular 4-H club as a full member who can enroll in several different projects.  They join a local 4-H Club that meets 6 to 12 times a year and pick at least one project to enroll in.  Projects range from cooking to swine to bicycle to pocket pets (just to name a few). 

     The 4-H year begins on October 1st each year and enrollment is ongoing throughout the year.  Some activities do have enrollment deadline dates to take part in.  Call the Hill County Extension Office and they can help you find a club and become a member today.