August 2020

Hello 4-H members, leaders, and parents, With all that the 4-H community was up against to pull off a Fair this year, we want to extend a heartfelt “congratulations” to everyone for a job well done!! This year’s Hill County 4-H Fair was a great success. Thank you to everyone for working together and doing what was asked to make our Fair such a great experience for everyone.

Remember your “Thank You’s”
4-H members that received special awards at the fair, be sure and write a Thank You note to the sponsor. If you need an address or contact information, call the Extension office and we will help you with that. And of course, please do write a Thank you to your animal buyer(s). The buyers at the Livestock Sale are an intricate part of making your 4-H year a success. And be sure and thank that special 4-H leader or member or even a parent who helped you along the way in getting ready for this year’s Fair. A kind word means a lot!!

Fair Ribbons

Do you have fair ribbons sitting around the house getting in the way? This is the time to collect them and donate them back to the 4-H program. The ribbons must be clean, not written on the back and in good shape. If you would like to donate your ribbons back to the 4-H program, drop the ribbons off at the Extension office.

Looking Ahead

The End-of-Year Celebration is scheduled for October 4th at 5:00 p.m. at the 4-H Chuckwagon. Happy Havre and Sunrise 4-H clubs are in charge of the meal and will be assisting the office as needed.

If you have any questions or need assistance with the upcoming meetings and deadlines, please do not hesitate to call, email or stop by the Extension office.

Upcoming Events, Meetings, AND DEADLINES

4-H Livestock Committee Meeting
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at the 4-H Chuckwagon at 6:00 p.m.
The Hill County 4-H Livestock Committee will meet on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at the 4-H Chuckwagon.

The information for calling in or joining via video or Skype is as follows:
Meeting number: 120 660 0442 Password: 4H2020
Join by video system Dial 1206600442@montana.webex.com 

You can also dial 173.243.2.68 and enter your meeting number.
Join by phone +1-855-797-9485 US Toll free or +1-415-655-0002 US Toll Access code: 120 660 0442

4-H Cloverbud Workshop
Sunday, August 16, 2020 at the 4-H Chuckwagon at 2:00 p.m. The 4-H Cloverbuds will meet on Sunday, August 16, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at the 4-H Chuckwagon.

4-H Project Books and Record Books Due
It is time to finish up your seven activities in your 4-H Project Books and complete your 4-H Record Book for the year. The completion deadline is September 17th. If you have questions, please call the office.

4-H Foundation Meeting
Monday, August 17, 2020 at the 4-H Chuckwagon at 6:00 p.m.
The Hill County 4-H Foundation Board will meet on Monday, August 17, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at the 4-H Chuckwagon.

The information for calling in or joining via video or Skype is as follows:
Meeting number: 120 729 8835 Password: 4H2020
Join by video system Dial 1207298835@montana.webex.com You can also dial 173.243.2.68 and enter your meeting number.
Join by phone +1-855-797-9485 US Toll free or  +1-415-655-0002 US Toll Access code: 120 729 8835
Remember – we need a quorum to hold this meeting, so please plan on joining us in some fashion.

ZSuite Update
Montana 4-H will be transitioning to ZSuite (formally Zing Books) from 4-H online for our enrollment protocols. Please stay alert to your emails as we get training videos and instructions sent to you. We are hoping to have it be a smooth process for enrollment in October. If you have any questions, please call the Extension Office. This is the same system we use for online record books. You do not have to do an online record book, but it will make it more accessible since it will all be in one place. If you are already using ZSuite, you can keep using it and the instructions for enrollment will be coming soon. We ask that you please not create a new account, because we might provide each family with their user information (again, unless you already have an account).

 

SAVE THE DATE OPPORTUNITIES

Montana 4-H State Horse Show

September 18th thru 20th, 2020 in Livingston, MT.

OTHER

2020 Herdsmanship Winners! 

 Congratulations to the Bear Paw Beavers and Happy Havre 4-H clubs for being chosen as the Herdsmanship winners at the 2020 Great Northern Fair.  At the Year-End Celebration, Bear Paw Beavers as the small club will receive a $50 Chamber Gift Certificate sponsored by Northern Land & Realty and Happy Havre as the large club will receive a $75 Chamber Gift Certificate sponsored by Scharfe, Kato & Co. for their efforts in keeping their areas of the barns clean and spiffy.  Job well done!!

 

Congratulations 4-H Scholarship Recipients!!
Congratulations to Angelina Toth and Sydney Scheresky-O’Neil as this year’s recipients of the 4-H Scholarships in the amount of $750 each. Also, congratulations to Saige Scheresky-O’Neil and Laine Shettel as this year’s recipients of the 4-H Scholarships in the amount of $500 each.
Funding for the scholarships came from the 2019 auction of the 4-H Scholarship Plaque purchased by Bob and Georgia Larson during the 4-H Livestock sale. This year the 4-H Scholarship Plaque was purchased by Double R LLC ~ Ryan and Kari Riley.

 

Premium Money and Interview Day Comment Sheets

In regards to Premium Money, this year each 4-H club will receive a check for their 4-H members’ Premium Money. There will be a printout for each 4-H member showing the amounts they earned through their entries, along with the comment sheets from 4-H Interview Day. Your club’s packet will also include Cloverbud Comment Sheets. When the Premium checks are ready, an email will be sent to the Organizational Leader of each 4-H club.

 

4-H Interview Day “Thank You”!! 

A BIG thank you goes out to the many volunteers from the Blue Horizon  and Havre Honey Badgers 4-H Clubs for helping with set up, working during 4-H Interview Day, and clean up.  You did a great job and we appreciate all your hard work!

 

Nominate a “Friend of 4-H” or “Leader of the Year”

The Friend of 4-H award is given to a business or person in the community that has shown outstanding support of 4-H. The Leader of the Year award is given to a leader that has done exceptional work in their club or county. You may nominate a person or business that has previously received the award. Pick up nomination forms at the extension office. Deadline to turn in the Nomination forms is Tuesday, September 22, 2020.

 

Looking for Rabbit Pellets for Fertilizer   

We have a gentleman who is looking for rabbit pellets for fertilizer.  He will purchase 5-gallon buckets of rabbit pellets.  When you clean your hutch, collect your rabbit pellets, and when you have acquired 5 gallons of pellets, please call the Extension office and we will arrange for payment and pickup.

 

What is a Montana 4-H Ambassador? 

 Ambassadors are youth that are engaged in LEADERSHIP, SERVICE and PROMOTION of the Montana 4-H Program.  A 4-H Ambassador is an official envoy, an authorized representative of our Montana 4-H Program. A 4-H Ambassador is a self- motivated, enthusiastic leader who promotes 4-H using the skill, knowledge and leadership abilities acquired in 4-H with fellow members, area residents, community leaders, elected officials and non-4-H youth. A 4-H Ambassador serves to strengthen the 4-H program through public relations. Being an Ambassador is an honor and privilege. Being chosen as an Ambassador entails the acceptance of “great” responsibility and a total commitment to the Montana 4-H Program.  We are seeking 4-H members who are not afraid of people, work, or the time it takes to create success.     

To be an Ambassador for Hill County requires a commitment of time, money and enthusiasm.  The Ambassadors work on a team which consists of the County Extension Staff, Ambassador Key Leader, Senior Ambassador and Junior Ambassadors.  The county 4-H Ambassadors will have the opportunity to serve on both the district and state levels as officers.  Thus, opportunity to extend their service beyond the county level is available.   

All new Ambassadors will attend Fall Ambassador Training, and all Ambassadors will attend State 4-H Rec Lab and 4-H Congress where they receive additional training and put their skills to use. In addition, Ambassadors may attend other special events throughout the year.

How to Apply

To apply, please fill out the Ambassador Application (in typed form) and submit it to the Hill County Extension Office by Tuesday, September 1, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. No late applications will be accepted.

Ambassador Prospect Qualifications consist of:
*Must have a minimum overall high school GPA of 2.5

*Must be responsible and have time available to fulfill the role

*Must be 14 years of age by October 1, 2020 and not have yet completed your sophomore year in High School

*Must have been enrolled in 4-H for at least 2 years and be enrolled for the upcoming year

Remember, if you are chosen as a Junior Ambassador, it is a 2-year commitment. *You MUST BE willing to travel, attend training sessions, and serve in ambassador roles when asked. Funds for this program are limited, so you may be responsible for some out of pocket expenses. Ambassador Applications can be picked up at the Extension office.

 

2020 Montana MAKE IT WITH WOOL CONTESTS 

It is time to start preparing for the Montana Make It With Wool contests to be held this Fall. Get out your favorite pattern and start hunting for that perfect wool fabric. Wouldn’t it be great to make a wool outfit for a contest this Fall and then already have an outfit finished for your sewing project this next 4-H year?

The fabric needs to be a minimum of 60% wool to qualify for the MIWW contests.

**There is a $7.00 Montana entry fee per swatch of fabric used and wool yarn used. These funds will cover the cost of testing your fabric or yarn for wool content.

The categories are Preteen (12 and under); Junior (13-16); Senior (17-24); Adult (age 25 and older); and Made for Others. Ages are determined as of January 1, 2020.

First place winners in the Junior, Senior, Adult, and Made for Others categories advance to the State competition which will be held during the Montana Wool Growers Convention held in Billings on December 4th and 5th, 2020.

Specific Montana District information and the Montana Entry Form and Brochure is available at the Extension Office or at our Facebook page – Montana Make It With Wool.
And don’t forget about the Quilt – Applique Project – Afghan Contest being held again this year. That information is also available at the Extension office or at our Facebook page – Montana Make It With Wool.