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): $20
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
Country Cousins Brick Challenge: Country Cousins 4-H Club nominated a volunteer to be honored with a 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 email@example.com
for Rabbit and Pocket Pals or Maleah McQuade at firstname.lastname@example.org for poultry.
4-H Sew for Children will be sewing dolls for the new Pediatric wing at the hospital.
Donations of fabrics and polyester 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 email@example.com.
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.
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
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
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 Fairgrounds
Beef Replacement Cut-off—January 31, 2020
Beef 2nd Weigh-in—April 4, 2020
Hog Leader Training—February 19, 2020
Hog LQA—March 5, 2020
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, 2020
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.
MONTANA 4-H MERCHANDISE
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 fairgrounds
· 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 off
🍀 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 locked 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 short 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.
Montana State University
Agriculture Extension Agent
Montana State University
4-H Extension Agent
MSU Extension, Flathead County
(406) 758-5553 phone
SNAP Recipe of the Month
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
2⁄3 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt or 1 container (6 ounces)
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.
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
Agriculture, Natural Resource & Community Development Extension Agent
4-H & Youth Development Agent
1108 South Main Street Ste. 4
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 758-5553
Fax: (406) 758-5881
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