Flathead County December 2019 NewsletterMSU Logo


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2019 December Newsletter


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

It’s time to finalize your 4-H Enrollment

The enrollment process starts by entering your enrollment information into 4honline at https://mt.4honline.com/Login. This makes your enrollment status “pending”. The next step is to pay your 4-H enrollment fees at the MSU Extension Office. That will prompt the MSU Extension Office to “activate” your 4-H enrollment status. The fees are as follows:

Volunteer Leader: $10

Member 8-18 (4-H years old): $204honline image

Cloverbud 5-7 (4-H years old): $10

Market Project (additional): $5

Horse Project (additional): $5

Meat Rabbit/Poultry (additional): $5

If you would like to add information or announcements to this newsletter please email dacooper@flathead.mt.gov

Brick Challenge!!!

Country Cousins Brick Challenge: Country Cousins 4-H Club nominated a volunteer to be honored with  aGold Dollar Sign Image brick on the Fairgrounds. The club purchased the brick and is challenging all clubs in the Flathead County to purchase a brick to honor a volunteer of their club’s choice. If all of the clubs do this, they will all help the Foundation raise $2,000. B&F Livestock and Half Moon Highlanders have joined Country Cousins in this challenge! Won’t you join the challenge also and buy a brick today! Proceeds benefit the 4-H Foundation!

Flathead 4-H Rabbit, Poultry, & Pocket Pal Project Meetings

January 27th at 6pm—LQA and Topic of Nutrition

February 24th at 6pm—LQA and Topic of Health

March 23rd at 6pm—LQA and Topic of Care and Handling

May 25th at 6pm—LQA and Topic of Labels/Withdrawals

All meetings are held in the 4-H Building on the Fairgrounds unless otherwise specified.

If you have any questions contact KelleySue at 862-5000 or kelleysuebain@gmail.com for Rabbit and Pocket Pals or Maleah McQuade at glaciervew4h@gmail.com for poultry.


4-H Sew for Children will be sewing dolls for the new Pediatric wing at the hospital. Donations of fabrics and Rag Doll Imagepolyester stuffing would be greatly appreciated.  Materials needed: cotton, cotton blends, flannels, polyester filling, and sewing machines ready to go.  4-H Sew for Children would love to have sewers of all ages for the sewing and stuffing of dolls. The basic materials should be skin toned that are light enough to be drawn on and the gown material can be any color or pattern. This community project will take place on December 14, from 2-6 in the County Fair Kitchen.  Contact Carol Olson-Erickson if you have any questions or for more information at 260-7456 or bucajudda@gmail.com.


Fundraising Information!!!

As the new 4-H year continues a lot of clubs are busy raising funds for their activities.  The State of Montana 4-H program does have policies regarding fundraising, so please take time to be aware of these policies.  As well, be sure to complete the 4-H Funds/Activity/Event Form and return it to the office.   This helps us know which events are happening when and to answer questions if we receive them from the community.  The following is from Montana 4-H Policies & Procedures, Section 7.  Note – we have contacted the Flathead County Commissioners about any regulations for conducting a raffle.  As a non-profit, Flathead County does NOT need a raffle permit or report from 4-H.  Be sure to keep accurate records with any fund raising activity so that you can answer questions and provide a paper trail if any questions or disputes ever arise.

Montana 4-H Policies & Procedures


4-H clubs may choose to finance their activities through their own fund-raising activities. Fund-raising should be done for the good of the total group, consistent with the county 4-H fund-raising policies and to support 4-H activities. Fund raising should not be the main focus of group activities nor exclude any individual from participation. Clubs are expected to support the financial needs of the total group and assist with participant costs in county, state, national and international programs whenever possible. Soliciting funds from statewide businesses or organizations should be coordinated with the Montana 4-H Foundation.

Fund solicitation by clubs should be kept to a minimum and undertaken only after consultation with the County Extension agent responsible for 4-H and the County 4-H Council. To maintain good will, repeated calls upon local supporters should be avoided.

4-H events and activities, including raffles, must have a clear educational goal or purpose and should be primarily for the benefit of 4-H members. Any event sponsored for the purpose of raising funds, should be limited to fund raising to support the educational mission of 4-H.

For any event or activity involving entry fees, raffle ticket sales, registration, etc., and where funds are collected, appropriate financial management practices should be followed. Detailed accounting for income and expenses following the steps outlined in the Montana 4-H Treasurer’s Book is required. A financial report must be given to the county Extension agent within 60 days after the conclusion of the event. If such reports are not filed, an investigation will be conducted.

Funds from 4-H events may not be divided up amongst individual club members or otherwise used for personal, rather than 4-H, related expenses. For official 4-H events for which funds are raised, the revenue must be placed in an account to be used by the sponsoring club or 4-H entity. Contributions earmarked by a donor for a particular individual are treated, in effect, as a gift to the designated individual and are not deductible as charitable contributions.

Games of chance, lotteries, betting activities involving money, and other related kinds of activities do not support the mission of 4-H and should not be engaged in.


Bingo is considered gambling in the state of Montana and as such must be registered and approved through the State of Montana – Department of Justice: Gambling Control Division. Guidelines for this type of activity, provided by the State Gaming Office, must be followed.

Fifty-Fifty Fundraising

Montana 4-H does not condone nor support 50/50 type fund-raisers or raffles. These fund raisers are not to be conducted under the auspices of 4-H nor associated with the 4-H name and emblem.


The purpose of conducting raffles under the name of 4-H should be to support the educational programs of 4-H. Funds raised under the name of 4-H belong to 4-H and must be used only for the 4-H program and its participants. As a guideline, 4-H clubs should be conducting raffles only where a product is awarded to the winner and not as cash. Products should be of good quality and should represent the organization well. The cost of raffle tickets cannot be deducted by individuals as charitable contribution to 4-H as raffles are considered a form of gambling.

For non-profit organizations like 4-H, there is no formal state permit required to conduct raffles. 4-H groups wanting to hold a raffle should check with their local County Commissioners’ or Tribal Council office to comply with county/reservation requirements. Some officials will require an accounting of the raffles, while others will not. Be sure to ask if there are any regulations about 4-H youth (minors) selling raffle tickets.

Neither non-profit nor for-profit groups can solicit outside the state, but they can go across county lines. A 4-H group conducting a raffle should check with the County Commissioners or Tribal Council where the drawing will be held about any requirements for raffles.

4-H Trail & Packing Project


The 4-H Trail and Packing began in January 2020 so get signed up as soon as possible. If you want to learn how to get your horse ready for trail riding this is the program for you. The packing group has re-designed the entire program to give you the tools to train your horse for trail riding. You will also learn packing in the back country with the skills to camp or hunt in the back country to feel safe and comfortable. Come to the introduction in January and find out about the exciting horse packing program. For more information call Rick Mathies at 752-2209 or Alden Totten at 257-5520. The 2020 4-H Packing Schedule:


January 4th—Introduction-Smith Valley Fire Hall 1 PM to 3 PM

January 18th—Clinic I—Country Kitchen—10 AM to 4 PM

February 15th—Clinic II—Country Kitchen—10 AM to 4 PM

March 14th—Clinic III—Bad Rock Arena—10 AM to 4:30 PM

April 18th—Clinic IV—Bad Rock Arena—10 AM to 4 PM

May 30th—Camp out—Swisher Lake Trailhead, Eureka

Details available soon

Gift Wrapping at Murdoch’s


Kalispell and Columbia Falls Locations


December 6-8th

December 14-15th

December 21-24th


Only 3 days left to fill in Kalispell

All days available in Columbia Falls

Please contact Chris Scott at 261-9454

to schedule your time

Cloverbud Activity Days!!!


Saturday December 21st, located at the 4-H Building on the Fairgrounds at 10 am to 11:30 am.

For questions or more information, please call Jayme Evenson at 291-5864.

Shooting Sports is Gearing Up!!!


Shooting Sports Leader Training—Dec. 6-7th, 2019

Scoring for the Postal Match begins—Dec. 9th, 2019

Shooting Sports Fun Week—Dec. 30th, 2019 & Jan 2nd, 2020

Flathead Invitational—Jan. 25th, 2020

Fun Week—Feb. 24th & Feb. 27th, 2020

Club Match—Feb. 29th, 2020

State Match—March 6-8th, 2020

Muzzle Loading Starts—March 15th, 2020

Market Livestock Dates

Beef Weigh-in and Tagging—December 7, 2019 from 9-11 am at FairgroundsBeef Parts Image

Beef Replacement Cut-off—January 31, 2020

Beef 2nd Weigh-in—April 4, 2020


Hog Leader Training—February 19, 2020

Hog LQA—March 5, 2020Hog Parts Image

Hog Weigh-in and Tagging—April 29, 2020

Hog Replacement Cut-off—May 31, 2020

Hog Live Clinic #1—June 13, 2020


Sheep LQA—March 20, 2020Sheep Parts Image

Sheep Weigh-in and Tagging May 18, 2020, 4:30-6:30 pm at Fairgrounds (RSVP Required)


There will be no more multiple make-up LQA. If you miss them you may make them up in another county.



Browse the new Montana 4-H merchandise at the MSU Extension Store and paint our state green with 4-H T-shirts, mugs, buttons, and stickers! Start shopping at the 4-H Mall!

See our Google Calendar for Extension scheduled events!

Forums, Committees & Councils

· Ag/Livestock Committee: Thursday, December 5 at 5:30pm in the 4-H Building at the fairgroundsPut on Your Calendar Image


· Flathead 4-H Foundation: Tuesday,  Feb. 25th at 5:30 pm in the Extension Office Conference Room

· Flathead 4-H Council: Thursday, Dec. 19th at  6 pm in the 4-H Building on the Fairgrounds


· Horse Committee: Thursday, Jan. 2nd at 6pm at the 4-H Building

Upcoming Activities & Other Meetings

🍀 Dec. 1st Buyer Thank You Due & Projects Checked offEvents Calendar Image

🍀 Dec. 6-7th Shooting Sports Leader Certification

🍀 Dec. 7th 4-H Beef Weigh-in & Tagging

🍀 Dec. 21st Cloverbud Meeting

🍀 Dec. 24th-27th Dee out of the Office

🍀 Dec. 25th Extension Office Closed

🍀 Dec. 30th-Jan. 3rd Nori out of the Office

🍀 Jan. 1st Extension Office Closed


Administrative Support goes to lunch every day from 1-2pm, so many times the Extension office doors are Out to Lunch Imagelocked during that time. She also has occasional meetings for the county. If you need special accommodations or a guaranteed meeting with someone, please feel free to call ahead and make an appointment.


Dear Flathead 4-H members, leaders & families:

The Flathead County MSU Extension Office will be closedDecember 25th for Christmas. Because we are Sorry we're Closed Imageshort staffed we may be periodically closed for meetings or to run errands. If you need personal attention please call for an appointment. Please leave paperwork in basket or leave in mailbox on front of building for confidential information.

Thank you,

Patricia McGlynn

Montana State University

Agriculture Extension Agent


Phone: 406-758-5554

Nori Pearce

Montana State University

4-H Extension Agent


Phone: 406-758-5552      

Dee Cooper

Administrative Assistant

MSU Extension, Flathead County


(406) 758-5553 phone

SNAP Recipe of the Month

Pumpkin Smoothies

Winter squash are loaded with vitamins A and C and provide approximately the same amount of potassium as bananas! It is also a source of vitamin B6, magnesium, iron, and calcium. Beta-carotene which is found in many orange colored vegetables, including winter squash, turns into vitamin A. Vitamin A helps maintain good vision and keeps skin healthy.


2⁄3 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt or 1 container (6 ounces)Pumpkin Smoothie Image

1⁄4 cup canned pumpkin

2 teaspoons brown sugar

1⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon

1⁄8 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)


Stir all ingredients together in a bowl. Serve.

Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours.

By: FoodHero.org


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education enables young families, single recipients and seniors to learn how to best use their food stamp dollars in providing healthy nutrition for  themselves and their families. Adults can sign up for a 6 week course that is fun and provide the basic concepts of good nutrition. The only requirements to join in the classes are: that a person is receiving WIC assistance;  either receiving food stamps or are eligible to receive them; or are getting commodity foods. Please call Caitlin at the Flathead County Extension office at 758-2448 to sign-up for classes.

MSU Extension Service—Flathead County

Patricia McGlynn

Agriculture, Natural Resource & Community Development Extension Agent

Nori Pearce

4-H & Youth Development Agent

Dee Cooper

Support Staff

Caitlin Coghlan

SNAP Educator


1108 South Main Street Ste. 4

Kalispell,  MT 59901

Phone:   (406) 758-5553

Fax:         (406) 758-5881

Email:     extension@flathead.mt.gov

Web:      http://flathead.msuextension.org

Calendar: http://flathead.msuextension.org/calendar.html

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Montana State University and the Montana State University Extension prohibit discrimination in all of their programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital and family status. Issued in furtherance of cooperative extension work in agriculture and home economics, acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cody Stone, Interim Director of Extension, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717