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December 2009
MSU Science Saturdays - Hands-on science and research for kids 10-15
If you like to dig your hands into science and learn about cool new research and technology, you'll love MSU Science Saturdays! MSU Science Saturdays are designed for kids aged 10-15 (younger kids are welcome if accompanied by a parent). Participate in hands-on experiments, learn about exciting new projects and meet the scientists and MSU students who are the shaping the future in Montana. Each month will feature a fun new science topic, so be sure to join us for all MSU Science Saturdays. "Our goal for Science Saturdays is to show that science is based on questions, and that many of these questions are really fun and challenging to investigate," said Trevor Douglas, director of MSU's Center for Bio-Inspired NanoMaterials, which sponsors Science Saturdays along with MSU Extended University and Montana EPSCoR. "We want kids to have an afternoon to explore these big questions right along with MSU scientists and students." The next event is on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009 and is titled: What do baby diapers and cleaning up oil spills have in common? What do plastics, wood, clothes and erasers have in common? Make your own oobleck, gluep and slimy goop, and explore the unique properties of polymers. Presented by Dr. Abigail Richards, Chemical & Biological Engineering Admission is free to Science Saturdays, but pre-registration is required. Enrollment is limited to 60 participants. To register, call (406) 994-6550 during MSU business hours. For more information, visit

Bar J Wranglers in Concert
Gallatin County 4-H will be hosting the Bar J Wrangles on Saturday, January 9, 2010 at the Willson Auditorium in Bozeman. The doors will open at 6:00 pm and the show will start at 7:00 pm. The general admission tickets will be available on Friday, November 20, 2009 at the following ticket outlets; Lee & Dads IGA in Belgrade and Murdoch’s in Bozeman. General admission tickets are $15.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door. Reserve tickets will be sold at Murdoch’s and are $20.00 in advance. They will be $25.00 at the door. We would like to encourage all 4-H families to attend. 4-H parents and members that attend are asked to show their 4-H pride by wearing 4-H apparel. We want to show the attendees what they are supporting.

Ushers Needed for the Concert
We are in need of 6 adults and 6-8 kids to usher for the Bar J Wranglers concert on Saturday, January 9, 2010. The requirements are that the 4-H members must be 13 years of age and up. If you wish to have a seat, you will need to purchase a ticket. The required dress for the evening could be called formal western, much like a livestock judge, light shirt and dark pants with boots and hat optional. If you are interested in helping with this event, call the 4-H Office at 388-3213 to get your name on the list, first come - first served.

Unlimited Leaders Council Meeting
NO Council meeting in December – Happy Holidays and we’ll see you in January.

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Project Sign-up Deadlines
If you are in a Market Animal Project (Beef, Sheep, Swine, Goats, Rabbit, Poultry) you must be signed up for that project by the required animal possession date. Contact your project leader for those dates. The May 1st add/drop deadline does not apply to Market Animal Projects. You must be signed up for your animal project by the date your animals must be in your possession.

Cloverbuds - Are You Ready for a Wild Time?
Come join us for a wild time as we explore the Wildlife Project. We have a new leader for the Cloverbud Project. Her name is Cyndi Suhr. Yes, it is me - the person who answers the phone and works at the front office at the Extension Office and the one putting together this newsletter. We will be holding our first meeting on Wednesday, December 9 at 6:30pm in Bozeman, location to be determined. Please RSVP at 388-3213 and we will let you know where the meeting will be located. We plan to have a Cloverbud event every month, each with a different theme.

Dog Agility
We will pick up again with Session 2 on Tuesday, January 5, 2010, again at 4:30pm, Livestock Building #1. Session 2 will end on March 9, 2010. Session 3 will start Tuesday, March 23, 2010, again at 4:30pm in Livestock Building #1 and will continue until Fair in July. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Anne Dixon at either 406.209.4997 or email:, put 4H Agility in the subject line.

Dog Care & Obedience
Make sure you are signed up for the project. We will not be holding any meetings until the start of 2010. We are looking forward to you being a part of this project.

Horticulture & Video
Two graduate students and a couple professors in the Horticulture Dept at MSU are interested in creating a special program for 4-Hers involving videography and horticulture. 4-Hers will learn about gardening techniques such as composting, plant diseases, and pest management through hands-on gardening experiences. 4-Hers will learn how to compile still-photography, film, audio, and other media to create digital stories featuring horticulture topics they learn about. These educational videos will be posted online for anyone in the community - and even worldwide - to download. An informational kick-off event is tentatively planned for mid February 2010. This project is in the formative stages, so if you are interested in gardening, horticulture, and/or videography please contact Danica at 388-3213 and share your ideas with her so you can get involved with this wonderful opportunity!

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Horse Committee: Shannon Brooks - 581-7478, Brad & Renae Cline - 579-1720, Deb Gee - 763-4916, Krystal Tenneson - 920-1753, Mike & Kathy Pratt - 388-6045, Scott Reiner - 585-7263,Leasa Stratton - 522-9756, The horse committee meetings will be the 1st Wednesday of the month. We will meet on December 2nd at 6:00 pm at Mackenzie River Pizza in Belgrade. IMPORTANT!!! - Mandatory Meeting Requirement The Horse Committee has been holding mandatory meetings for all horse project members. There is a new horse helmet policy that requires participants in the 4-H Horse Project to attend a helmet education workshop and/or view the video "Every Ride Every Time" once as a junior 4-H member (9-13) and once as a senior 4-H member (14 and up). Every Horse Project member must attend one of these meeting this year. You will not be allowed to participate in any riding workshops until you have attending this workshop. RSVP as soon as possible. Pizza will be provided by the Horse Committee. RSVP to Renae at 579-1720. Parents are encouraged to attend and are required to sign the Montana State University Extension permission and assumption of risk for participation in all 4-H Horse Projects form. The next scheduled meeting is January 14, 2010 at 6:00 at Mackenzie River Pizza in Belgrade, RSVP by Dec. 31st.

Winter Horse Care Workshop: December 19th at 12:30 (NO horses) at King Arthur Trailer Park Clubhouse off
Gooch Hill Road in Bozeman. Please RSVP to Renae at 579-1720 or email at Cost of the clinic is $10 or $5 with a donation for the animal shelter. This would be a great clinic for all Level 1 kids to learn proper winter care. Any member who attended the helmet clinic on the 19th, there is a clinic schedule in some of the policy manuals. Please disregard it; this it is not our clinic schedule.

NEW! Horseless Horse Club
The Horseless Horse 4-H Club will meet on Monday, Dec. 7th at 6pm at Eagle Mount. A mandatory Horse Helmet Safety workshop will be presented at this meeting. All youth enrolled in 4-H horse riding projects are required to attend this workshop with at least one parent/guardian. If you cannot make it to this meeting, you may sign up for the January 14th Helmet Safety workshop sponsored by the Horse Committee, by RSVPing to Renae at 579-1720 (see "Horse" entry above). Please call the Co-Leaders if you have questions: Club Co-Leader: Stacey Peterson – 388-4103 Club Co-Leader: Todd Kesner – 994-6816, 451-1207 Eagle Mount Equine Director: Maggee Harrison – 406-586-1781

Colt Raffle
The Horse Committee is EXTENDING the Colt Raffle because this information was sent previously only by email and there has been low participation. Her name is Izzy, she is a 2 year old filly and she is very SWEET. She has papers and she would love to be in the Green Horse project for the 2010 year. All you Level 4 members who would like to write an essay, please include the following and turn it into the 4-H Office by January 5th, 2010. A decision will be decided on January 6, 2010. If the Horse Committee does not receive at least 4 essays for Izzy, the owner has decided to turn Izzy over to the Horse Committee for a raffle fundraiser. She would love to be in the Horse Project. Essay Requirements: What you would like to accomplish with the colt if you win her? What are your 4-H goals? Where would you keep her? Tell us about your accomplishments in 4-H.

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Meetings will be the 1st Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm at the Valley Bank of Belgrade.

Please contact the project leader for workshop information. Call Jill Hunziker at 388-6760.

The wheels and gears are turning as we have launched into another year of robotics! First year robot builders have successfully captured their cows with their robots and they are now building a photo-taking robot for a spy mission. Second year robot builders are busy wrapping their heads around the new programming software and are building a robot to read bar codes on groceries. Who knows what we will be doing next! The robotics program would like to graciously thank all the support the Gallatin Valley 4-H, enthusiastic participants, parents and community has given us! Thanks to your support, we are able to expand the number of robotics sets and introduce some new sensors (temperature, pH, acceleration, voltage) this year to keep us on the leading edge of the technology. First year robotics. We will meet at the Belgrade Middle School Cafeteria from 6:30-8:00 on December 10, January 7, January 21, February 18, March 4. Both 1st year and 2nd year will meet together on April 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th. Second year robotics. We will meet at the Belgrade Middle School from 6:30-8:00 on December 3, December 17, January 14, January 28, February 25, March 11. Both 1st year and 2nd year will meet together on April 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th. For up-to-date progress of our robotics program and a copy of the schedule, please visit our robotics web site at If you have any questions about the program, please email Gregg at or by phone at 581-0624. Keep your batteries charged!

Sewing & Textiles
Sewing and Textiles workshops will begin in January. The scheduled dates are January 13, January 20 and January 27 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the basement of Valley Bank, 98 N Broadway, Belgrade. Help selecting a project and additional information can be obtained by contacting Janell Barber at or 539-1301. If you are NEW TO THE PROJECT please be sure to contact Janell to discuss the appropriate fabric and project for your skill level.

Shooting Sports
December shooting sessions for air rifle, air pistol, and archery will be held every Sunday EXCEPT December 27th. There will be no shooting on December 27th. Postal match shooting will begin on December 6. Choose the time that works best for your schedule, 5:00-6:00, 6:00-7:00, 7:00-8:00. First year shooters should attend the 5:00-6:00 session. Usually the 5:00-6:00 session is the most crowded and the 7:00-8:00 session is the least crowded. All equipment and supplies are provided or shooters may bring their own. Before buying an air rifle or air pistol, please talk to a leader first. If purchasing a bow, make sure it is easy to pull back. Call Bill Ott at 209-2599 if you have any questions.

The first night for smallbore will be Monday, December 21, 2009 at the Greenway Range. The shooting and orientation will start at 5:00 pm. The shooters must be enrolled in the smallbore project and be 10 years old. The shooters must have had one year of shooting training in air-gun, bb gun, etc. We are limited to 10 shooters, so make sure and take care of this matter soon. If there are any questions, please contact Scott Francis at 284-6843 or Tom Everett at 3889076.

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Sheep Project Workshops
Sheep Project Orientation and Sheep Quality Assurance 6 PM on Jan 27, 2010 (wool lab) Care, Feeding, and Selection of Your Market Lamb 6 PM on Feb 23, 2010 (Place TBD) Shearing Workshop (Real ranch shearing not slick shearing) 1 PM on March 14, 2010 (Location: MSU Red Bluff Research Ranch, Norris) Lamb Selection Workshop in Conjunction with Smith’s Lamb Sale Tentative Time and Date: 11 AM on April 18th, 2010 Pre-fair/Showmanship Workshop 5:30 PM on June 30th (Fairgrounds hog barn) Reminders! Weigh-In and Tagging: April 29, 2010 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM at Sorenson Vet Clinic, Belgrade or May 1, 2010 from 8 - Noon (hog barn Fairgrounds) Please Note: Lambs can be sheared on this date only Sheep project participants MUST attend 3 of the 5 scheduled workshops* in order to show at the fair. 1st and 2nd year 4-H’ers must attend the Gallatin Co. 4-H mandatory Marketing workshop (Date TBD) *Substitutions (must be approved by the sheep committee) - Slick shearing your own lambs for fair will count as one workshop - Participating in a Jackpot show will count as one workshop - Attending an out-of-county lamb sale will count as one workshop, but must attend the pre-sale workshop.

Save these dates. Some of these workshops are still in the planning stages, times and locations to be finalized. January 5th - Carcass Results from the Fair and Animal Quality Assurance (AQA). All new members are required to take the AQA training. Returning members: you are required to take AQA training every other year. March 9 - Housing, Feed, Selection, 6:30 Belgrade High School April 9 - Pig Pool, Pig Barn at the Fairgrounds. If you need to purchase a pig and need to know where to get one. Please let Sandy Bryant know so that she can begin contacting producers to make sure we have enough for everyone. July 6th - Getting Ready for Fair, Pig Barn at the Fairgrounds Make sure you are signed up for the Pig Project before you attend any workshops.

Scrapbooking and Theater Arts
We have potential new leaders for these two projects and hope to get things going in January 2010. If you are interested in one or both of these projects and/or want to help, please contact the 4-H office.

Vet Science
December 8, 6:00 pm at the Fish, Wildlife and Parks Building on S. 19th. We will be meeting with the FWP Veterinarian.

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Food Night at MSU
On Monday, Nov. 23rd, more than 25 youth whipped together a huge feast themed “The First Thanksgiving." It was a lively beehive of activity while youth and MSU student teachers jointly cooked venison stew, duck, parsnips, acorn squash, potatoes, grits, beans, cranberry tarts, apple and pumpkin pies, cakes, and cookies in the 8-kitchen laboratory at MSU. 4-Hers' parents and siblings joined in a sit-down dinner and listened to the youth give presentations about what they learned about the food history of the first Thanksgiving. Many, many thanks to Professor Holly Hunts and her crew of talented, dedicated, and fun MSU Family and Consumer Science students!

Youth Officer and Volunteer Training Nights
Many thanks to all of you who attended our trainings on Nov. 5th and 16th. Approx. 60 youth and 70 adult volunteers participated. We appreciate such strong turnout! If you missed it and would like copies of the materials and resources distributed, contact Danica. Additional volunteer training will be offered later this winter, so keep reading the newsletter.

Lucky for us, Pat Stackhouse has agreed to be the Key Leader for our Gallatin County 4-H Ambassador Program! Pat's many years of work with 4-H and her enthusiastic energy and love for 4-H will inspire all of us, and especially our three Ambassadors: Valerie Kutsch, Samantha Poelstra, and Diana Griffing. Thank you, Pat! The 4-H Ambassadors are willing to come visit your club for a variety of presentations including: team-building games and an exciting presentation about Valerie’s 4-H trip to Costa Rica this past summer.

Teen Leadership
The next teen leadership event will be a training in January. Details are being worked out by the teen leaders and a more specific announcement will be in the January newsletter. For December - come help with the Bozeman Christmas Stroll!

S'mores, Sneckers, and Scholarships
All 4-Hers 12 and up are invited to help with a fundraising event for the Teen Leadership Program at the Bozeman Christmas Stroll on Saturday, Dec. 5th from 3:30 - 8:30pm. It's going to be lots of fun, so come on out! We will be making and selling s'mores! We will also be selling sneckers (fleece neck warmers handmade by 4-Hers) and soliciting donations to support Summer Camp scholarships. Please call the 4-H office at 388-3213 to sign up (half shifts are available). We need green and white lights to decorate the pop-up booth shelter. If you have some you'd be willing to loan us, please label them with your name and drop them off at the 4-H office before 5pm on Friday, Dec. 4th.

Manhattan Tater Gems
No December Meeting. Our next meeting will be 01/25/10. Check the website for updates.

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Gallatin 4-H Unlimited Leaders Council Meeting Mackenzie River Pizza November 10, 2009

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The meeting was called to order at 6:40 p.m. by President, Ginny Francis. The American and 4-H pledges were said. Members present were Ginny Francis, Laura Lee Harvey, Leia Miller, Sandra Fiegi, Renae Cline, Brad Cline, Kathy Cheney, and Scarlett Wirtz. Guests present were Danica Jamison, Kelly Phipps, and Sonja Berg. Secretary’s Report: Sandra motioned to approve the September minutes as read, seconded by Laura Lee. Approved. Leia motioned to approve October minutes as corrected, seconded by Kathy. Approved. Treasurer’s Report: Danica requested to have the Unlimited Leaders Council issue a check from the 4-H Fair account to offset the negative amount in the ribbons side account. Another CD was found and Kathy is going to look into rates for CD’s with different financial institutions. Kathy motioned to approve the treasurer’s report as written, seconded by Leia. Approved. Sandra motioned to issue a check from the 4-H Fair account for $586.54 to clear negative amount in ribbons side account, seconded by Scarlett. Approved. Scarlett motioned to approve Kathy to research the information on the CD’s and to bring this information back to the Budget Committee for a final decision to be made within the time frame discussed, seconded by Sandra. Approved. Kathy motioned to approve the Fiscal Year End (September 2009) report as written, seconded by Sandra. Approved. Committee and Leaders Reports: Bar J Wranglers: We are still a couple of weeks out on tickets and posters. Sponsors are still being worked on. Public Relations Update: Sandra reported the unveiling of the globes at Murdoch’s went well. Betsy, Sydney, Danica, and others worked the booth. There were 166 votes cast for the favorite globe, the winner was a rectangle shaped ornament with an elk on it made by the Heckels. A lot of 4-H material was handed out and there was 1 calendar sold. Agent Update: There were 9 kids, 3 adults, and 2 dogs that attended the teen retreat. They went on a hike using the GPS to find their location after purposefully losing themselves. The Francis kids did most of the cooking while on the trip. There was much discussion on cliques and how to break them up. They ended up at Chico Hot Springs for a soak at the end of a good weekend. Pat Stackhouse is considering becoming the key leader for the fall ambassador training. There were about 210 people that attended the Family Orientation Nights. The Horseless Horse Club at Eagle Mount had approx. 60 people attend their first meeting. Todd Kesner and Stacey Petersen are the Co-leaders of this club and will be looking to teen leaders and ambassadors to help out. There were approx. 50 adults and kids that attended the Volunteer training and we need to have more work on Parliamentary Procedure. The office is working on the Cloverbud group. There is new curriculum and a new leader is being sought at this time. 4-H Foundation is working on several things for the upcoming year. Danica gave us a brief summary of all the projects. Old Business: Discussion of meeting dates for all Committees. The Budget committee will meet on November 15th 6 p.m. at the Extension Office. The other Committees will be revisited at our next meeting to discuss times. Danica will be emailing all interested in helping on each committee. Discussion on the awards program used by Lewis & Clark County. This will need to be revisited after more information is received. There were also ones interested in looking at another program used in Canada. New Business: Two scholarships were presented for review. The first scholarship was for a new 4-H family. The family is asking for $53.00 for enrollment to be reimbursed. Kathy motioned to fund this scholarship of $53.00 from member development, seconded by Sandra. Approved. The second scholarship was for a person wanting to attend CWF. This person was asking for help in covering $150 of a total of $724 to help cover expenses. Kathy motioned to provide up to $150 from member development, seconded by Sandra. Approved. Danica requested to have a petty cash drawer of $100 to be able to make change. Laura Lee motioned to take the $100 from printing and postage to make this petty cash drawer, seconded by Kathy. Approved. Wild West Winter Fest would like to have the 4-H kids participate in putting on 30 minute demos during the fest. Summer camp planning will be done by Gregg with the help of the teen leaders involved. Jill Martz will be helping with some of the leadership training in Helena on the 14th of this month. There was discussion about an orthodontist who would be willing to come in and speak about oral hygiene. The ULC feels it would be best to let leaders know this and they can take it from there. Kathy motioned to send an email to all leaders with his information and they could contact him at their leisure, seconded by Sandra. Approved. Kathy motioned to not have a meeting in December, seconded by Sandra. Approved. Meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m. Renae Cline, Secretary

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Wild West WinterFest on February 12-14, 2010

The Gallatin County Fairgrounds has invited Gallatin County 4-H to be involved in the 2010 Wild West WinterFest. Here are some ideas where 4-Hers can be involved in the WinterFest. Please call Danica if you would like to: • Do a 30 minute Demonstration for Ag in the Classroom • Bring animals for the Farm Barn • Have a fundraiser for your 4-H Club or Project Group • Set up a demonstration, carnival game, or some other fun event • Bring tack to the 4-H Horse Tack Swap (Please contact a member of the Horse Committee) Enter in a Contest! - Entry forms will be available online soon or can be picked up at the Fairgrounds Office: • Quilt Show • Photography Show • Children’s Art Show • Hay Show (free lab analysis) – Hay needs to be brought to the Fairground Office by Jan 4. This one’s early! All of you who raise your own hay to feed your animals might be interested in learning more about your hay! • Chili Cookoff • Sweetheart Fur & Feather Show • Battle of the Breeds (Horses) – Must compete in a preliminary in January. • Paws & People Fun with Dogs – Puppy Parade, Adolescent Parade, Canine Talent Contest, Freestyle Dog Dance, Canine Good Citizenship Test (have to be pre-registered) • Bridger Feeds/Coors Dog Keg Pull • Doxie Derby (Dachshund dog racing)

$100 1ST PRIZE! All participants will receive free fair admission. This contest is open to everyone. Entries will not be returned and will become the property of the Fair Board. They will be displayed at the 2010 Gallatin County Fair. REQUIREMENTS: Logo designs MUST be circular, 2.25 inches in diameter, (do not use the circles below because they are NOT to scale) and MUST contain the following phrases: GALLATIN COUNTY FAIR JULY 21 - 25, 2010 “Wagon Wheels to Ferris Wheels”
Entry designs MUST be submitted in color. No limit on colors! Entry MUST include your name, address, and phone number on the back of your button entry. Circular design MUST be cut out! Please cut out your design! The logo will appear on the Gallatin County Fair letterhead and advertising. PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY BY JANUARY 15, 2010 TO: GALLATIN COUNTY FAIR 901 NORTH BLACK BOZEMAN, MT 59715

“Wagon Wheels to Ferris Wheels” July 21-25, 2010

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Opportunities & Announcements
I4-H International Programs
If you’re in 4-H and have always wanted to travel abroad, you can apply to go to Australia, Costa Rica, Finland or Japan in the summer of 2010. You’ll travel with other 4Hers from around the country, accompanied by at least one chaperone, and stay with a host family during the exchange. In addition, you’ll get to see some of the sights in the major cities like Sydney, Helsinki and Tokyo. In Costa Rica, you’ll visit a rain forest. When you return to Montana, you’ll get to continue the exchange by making small presentations to your schools, 4-H clubs or other community organizations that want to hear about your cool adventure. For volunteers or 4-H staffers over the age of 25, you can apply to chaperone one of the trips listed above. The applications are reviewed on the national level and preference is given to those who have significant experience chaperoning youth and to those with previous International travel experience (not required). IFYEs – former 4-H members can travel for up to six months on the IFYE program. Choose the country(s) of your choice and the 4-H Center will work with you and the destination country to put together an exciting exchange. IFYEs can expect to help their host families work on their farms and ranches. The application deadline for all of the programs listed above is January 15, 2010. Applications are available online at or by contacting Stephanie Davison at 994-3502 or

$$$$ Grant Money Available $$$
People Partner Grants: The purpose of this grant is to provide incentives and financial support to groups and individuals for programs that enhance the quality of living for people in their communities. Youth should be involved in determining, conducting, and evaluating the project. Up to $5,000 will be awarded by the Montana 4-H Foundation. Application deadline is February 1, 2009. Contact the Gallatin County Extension Office for an application. Gallatin 4-H Foundations Grants: Your Gallatin 4-H Foundation has funds available for 4-H purposes in Gallatin County. Grants may be awarded for member/leader training, new project development, existing project improvement, new club start up, community service projects and much more. Applications are available in the Extension Office and quarterly deadlines are: December 31, March 31, June 30, and September 30.

We're going to Mini-Congress in Helena: Join us!
This multi-county event is being planned for January 16. Mark your calendars now, and watch for more information in the future. This will include exciting opportunities for both youth and adults. The event will be similar to the annual 4-H Congress held at MSU in July, but will be only 1 day and will be open to more ages. There will be workshops, team-building games, demonstrations, and perhaps even some dancing. Adult volunteers will have the opportunity to take Leaders College Level 1. Please call the office if you are interested in attending.

Newsletter Deadlines
Want to let your project members know when that next workshop is? Want to inform your club members of a planned tour? Want to get your information in the newsletter???? We can assist you. Please have all items submitted to the 4-H office by the 20th of the month.

Helena Teen Leadership Trip
A group of five 4-H teen leaders from Gallatin County 4-H joined forces with about 30 teen leaders from Jefferson and Lewis and Clark county 4H programs for a day-long training event. We played an icebreaker game called "Stack" in which we learned which 4-H projects we're involved in and in the process ended up with 3,4,5, even 6 people stacked up, sitting on each other's laps. After the laughing subsized and we learned each other's names, we settled down for a workshop in which we learned about four different leadership styles. We took short quizzes to assess which style we identified most closely with and worked in small groups to learn more about different leadership qualities. Each leadership type has its attributes and challenges so we discussed how beneficial it can be to work as a team and take advantage of everyone's leadership strengths. The workshop was led by Jill Martz, the Director of the 4-H Center for Youth Development. Following the workshop we ate lunch and then each county led the rest of the group in team-building games. They were challenging and fun and we hope to share many of them with the rest of you at Summer Camp, in our clubs, and elsewhere...maybe even at the Wild West Winter Fest in February. Participating on the trip were 4-Hers: Clare Cory, Megan Crawford, Nicki Dayton, Barry Francis, Taylor, along with Project Leader, Gregg Switzer and 4-H Agent, Danica Jamison.

Market Sale Committee
Next meeting is on Thursday, Dec. 3rd at 5:30pm at the Extension Office in Belgrade.

Club Leaders
Curriculum books and materials have arrived in our office. We've boxed them up for you and they are ready to be picked up. Call us if you need to swing by the Extension Office outside of our regular business hours (M-F 8-12 and 1-5) and we can probably schedule a time that works for you. We will also try to have current roster lists for you as well.

Gallatin County 4-H 201 W. Madison, Suite 300 Belgrade, MT 59714

Danica Jamison Gallatin County 4-H Agent Phone: 388-3213 Fax: 388-3243 E-mail: We’re on the web at
The MSU Extension Service is an ADA/EO/AA/Veteran’s preference employer and educational outreach provider. To request disability accommodation or to inform us of special needs, please contact the Extension Office at 406-388-3213, e-mail:, or write Gallatin County Extension, 201 West Madison, Suite 300, Belgrade, MT 59714

Support 4-H Teens at the Bozeman Christmas Stroll
Teens: We need your help with this fundraising event on Saturday, December 5th from 3:30-8:30pm. See inside for
more details. We’ll be selling s’mores + ‘snecker’ neck warmers + asking for scholarship support for summer camp kids. Everyone Else: Stroll on by and support our booth in front of The Last Wind Up Clock Shop (113 E Main St, Bozeman)

Gift Wrappers/Runners Needed at Murdochs
This is a great fundraising opportunity for all the 4-H clubs and project groups. All tips collected during the shift will be given to the 4-H club or project group working that shift. 4-Hers will primarily be asked to run gifts from the checkout counter to the gift wrapping station. Please contact the 4-H office to sign up for a shift on one of the following days: 10am - 5pm on 12/12, 12/13, 12/20, 12/23, and 12/24 (only 10-2). Also 12/15 is available from 4pm-8pm for Ladies Night helping with carryouts and the food table.

Greytak Calendars Available
Don Greytak, pencil artist from Havre is celebrating over twenty five years of drawing rural life. These calendars make great gifts and are only $10.00. These realistic drawings will help you appreciate the history of farm and ranch families and the rural lives they lived and are suitable for framing. Stop by the office and pick one up.