MSU Extension Flathead County Newsletter January 2023
Upcoming Extension Meetings and Special Events for January
Forums, Committees & Councils
· Flathead 4-H Council: Thursday, Jan 26th, 6pm 4-H Building
· Flathead 4-H Foundation: Tuesday, Feb 23rd 6:00pm 4-H Building
· Ag/Livestock Committee: Thursday, Mar 2nd at 5:45 pm 4-H Building
· Horse Committee: Thursday, Jan 12th at 6:00pm 4-H Building
· Beef Committee: TBA
· Hog Committee: Wednesday Jan 4th, 6:30pm TBA
· Sheep Committee: TBA
· Goat Committee: Wednesday Jan 25th, 6pm 4-H Building
· Awards Committee: TBA
Upcoming Activities & Other Meetings
🍀 Jan 3, Dog Project 7pm Country Kitchen
🍀 Jan 6, Leader Banquet 6:30pm Elks Lodge
🍀 Jan 7, 4-H Horse Packing Orientation 1pm Wolf Pack Way
🍀 Jan 8, Leadership Academy Online Series
🍀 Jan 10, Dog Project 7pm Country Kitchen
🍀 Jan 11, Extension office Closed 12:30-3:30 for monthly safety meeting
🍀 Jan 15-17, Citizenship Seminar Helena
🍀 Jan 17, Legislative Breakfast, Helena
🍀 Jan 17, Dog Project 7pm Country Kitchen
🍀 Jan 17, Small Animal Clinic 6pm 4-H Blding
🍀 Jan 21, Foods Fair, Expo Building
🍀 Jan 24, Dog Project 7pm Country Kitchen
🍀 Jan 28, 4-H Horse Packing Clinic I Country Kitchen
🍀 Jan 28, Flathead Shooting Sports Invitational
🍀 Jan 31, Dog Project 7pm Country Kitchen
🍀 Jan 31, 4-H Steer Replacement Cut-off
🍀 Feb 1, Market Sheep & Swine Enrollment Deadline
🍀 Feb 7, Dog Project 7pm Country Kitchen
🍀 Feb 8, Extension office Closed 12:30-3:30 for monthly safety meeting
🍀 Feb 13-17, No Office Admin Available
🍀 Feb 14, Dog Project 7pm Country Kitchen
🍀 Feb 17-19, MT 4-H Volunteer Institute
🍀 Feb 18, Cloverbud Meeting 10am Sykes Basement
🍀 Feb 21, Dog Project 7pm Country Kitchen
🍀 Feb 25, 4-H Trail & Packing Clinic II 10am Country Kitchen
🍀 Feb 28, Dog Project 7pm Country Kitchen
Table of Contents
Page 2—From MSU Extension Office
Page 3-—Club Reporter Monthly Feature Story
Page 4—Flathead 4-H Foundation Notes
Page 4-5—State Events and Information
Page 6-7—County Events and Information
Page 8-9—Project Information
Page 9—Market Project Information
Page 10-11—Miscellaneous Information
Page 12—SNAP Recipe
FROM THE MSU COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE
Flathead 4-H Members, Volunteers, and Parents,
Good afternoon and happy holidays to you all. I hope the winter break from school
and (hopefully) some days off from work have been restful for you and your families.
Thank you to the volunteers who attended the Montana 4-H Center Shooting Sport training
in early December at the Fairgrounds. It was encouraging to see several new Flathead
4-H volunteers earn their instructor certification. Over a third of Flathead 4-H
members participate in at least one of our outstanding shooting sports disciplines.
We’re always looking for new instructors to help train the next generation.
Thank you also to the 4-H members and clubs who volunteered their time to help sort
gifts for the Toys for Tots program on December 11th. Please see page 4 of this newsletter for some action photos.
After we celebrate New Years Day, Flathead 4-H will embark on a busy January schedule.
First on Friday, January 6th Flathead 4-H will honor our volunteer leaders with an appreciation dinner at the Elks
Lodge. Please RSVP to Dee or Kristi Davis as soon as possible and plan on attending.
Please see page 7 of this newsletter for additional details.
The Montana 4-H Center will conduct a three day Citizenship Seminar in Helena from
January 15th to the 17th. This event will conclude with the Legislative Breakfast and a tour of several state
government buildings on the final day. Please see page 5 of this newsletter for additional
information. Please email me prior to Jan 1st if you are interested in attending
these events. The registration deadline is quickly approaching.
Flathead County 4-H Shooting Sports will host their annual Invitational on Saturday, January 28th in the Fairgrounds Grandstand building. Please contact the Extension Office for additional
On Saturday, January 21st Flathead 4-H will hold our annual Foods Fair at the Fairgrounds Expo Center. This
year’s theme is “Flannels and Favorites.” Please see page 6 of this newsletter for
additional details. The event planning committee and your org / club leaders will
be sending out more info in the coming week or two.
Best wishes for an enjoyable and safe New Years weekend and great start to 2023.
Rick Balestri MSU 4-H Extension Agent
4-H CLUB REPORTER MONTHLY FEATURE STORY
Greetings 4-H Family!
The Open Horizons 4-H Club had a very fun and successful 2021-2022! We kicked off
the year with a chili dinner Achievement/Awards Night and election of new officers.
We also reviewed our club’s bylaws and constitution and made a few changes. The fall
and winter passed by quickly with monthly meetings and lots of great demonstrations,
many nights of shooting sports practice and competitions, Foods Fair, hog clinics,
a Bingo Night at the County Kitchen, County Congress, designing a club logo and having
apparel made. During the holiday season we donated to a local family in need, volunteered
at Toys For Tots, rang the Salvation Army Red Kettle Bell in front of Walmart and
wrapped gifts at Murdochs. The spring continued with more monthly meetings, great
demonstrations and Shooting Sports muzzleloading! In April some members of the club
met at the Darrell E. Fenner Loon Lake 4-HCamp to help clean up and get it ready for
campers. The months continued with many members attending hog and small animal clinics
and doing some painting in the small animal barn at the fairgrounds. We rounded out
the end of the school year with a work afternoon at Stillwater Lutheran Church. A
way of thanking the church for letting us meet there so often. We cleaned up the roadsides,
pulled weeds, planted flowers and then enjoyed a potluck. We also spent an afternoon
at the Food Bank packing bags of food for people in need. We all agreed that it was
the funnest volunteering we had done all year! Summer rolled around with Project Tour
in July. We spent the afternoon and evening traveling around to each club member's
house. We saw many pigs, chickens, rabbits and 1 goat. We concluded the tour with
a delicious BBQ. Fair week was a BLAST! We were all exhausted after a week of hog
shows, rabbit shows, goat shows and entering baking, photography and sewing exhibits!
year ended at the County 4-H Awards night, celebrating all our members and friends
who received awards! This year Open Horizons 4-H Club definitely made the best better!
Attention 4-H Club Reporters!!
What is a 4-H Club Reporter? Do you know what a news reporter is for the newspaper
or for the TV news? A 4-H Club Reporters is the same thing except they report what
is going on in their 4-H Club. Do you have a story you would like to feature in the
Extension newsletter? We are going to feature a different club each month so get your
keyboards ready and keep your ears and eyes open for some fabulous news to share with
the Extension community. Email your story to [email protected] We can’t wait
to see what is going on in your 4-H Club!
Flathead 4-H Foundation Cookbooks!
The Flathead 4-H Foundation has cookbooks for sale. The cost is $10 per book and the
club keeps $8 and $2 comes back to the Flathead 4-H Foundation. Check out cookbooks
from the Extension Office. Call in advance if you are wanting a large amount of cookbooks.
Toys for Tots was a Success!
Leadership Academy: Online series
Members 4-H Age 12 and up
Local county leadership groups will have an opportunity to join with groups from around
the state as well as the Montana 4-H Ambassador Officer team, virtually and in person
when possible, to work on skill building, planning and mentorship.
Each month the officer team members will be presenting a different workshop topic
that they have found to be important as they have grown their own leadership abilities.
This workshop should be paired with a local county leadership meeting to work on county
projects that serve the local 4-H program and community.
Dates & Times
§ December 11, 2022 3:00-4:00 PM
§ January 8, 2023 3:00-4:00 PM
§ February 5, 2023 3:00-4:00 PM
§ March 5, 2023 3:00-4:00 PM
The 2023 Montana 4-H Citizenship Seminar will take place from January 15-17, 2023 in Helena at the Delta Colonial Hotel. This citizenship-in-action seminar is designed to educate Montana youth about the
rights and responsibilities of citizenship.
When: The seminar will begin on Sunday, January 15 at 3:00 p.m. and end on Tuesday, January
17 sometime in the early afternoon around 1:30 p.m.
Where: Helena, Montana – Seminar activities will take place at the Delta Colonial Hotel in conjunction with Legislative Breakfast, the Bill Hamilton Building as well as the state capitol complex.
Eligibility: 4-H members must be 13 years of age by October 1, 2022. Delegates will also attend
the Legislative Breakfast on Tuesday, January 17.
Chaperones: Each delegate must have a designated (adult) chaperone. Counties may combine with
other counties to reach a desired 1:10 ratio of adults to youth. Chaperones will be
asked to participate in the seminar by acting as lobbyists during the legislative
process. Any adults with special skills or interests please email [email protected] if you would like to assist in any way.
Accommodations: Each individual/county must make their own guest room reservations. A block of rooms
is reserved at the Delta Colonial Hotel (2301 Colonial Drive, Helena) under 'Montana 4-H Citizenship Seminar' by calling (406)
443-2100. The block will be open from November 28, 2022 – January 1, 2023. The rate is $107.00 per room plus tax (single/double occupancy) or $123.00 per room
plus tax (triple/quad occupancy).
Fee: There is a $85 registration fee per youth and adult to offset the seminar program costs. The Montana 4-H Foundation
contributes $3,000. The program fee includes all meals for both Montana Citizenship
Seminar and the Legislative Breakfast.
Registration: Youth and adults log into your ZSuite Profile and register under Events starting November 28, 2022 – January 2, 2023. Please check with your county office to confirm the amount before paying.
Transportation: Transportation to and from the seminar and shuttling youth delegates between activities
is the county’s responsibility.
Legislative Bill: Each delegate is expected to sponsor one “bill” suitable for the 4-H Legislature.
This should be submitted, electronically, to Christine Sommers-Austin [email protected] by January 2, 2023. The bills will be reviewed and grouped by topic area into committees prior to the
seminar. Please see the template included with this email and in the ZSuite registration
for information on how to write a bill.
Service Project: Each delegate and county will have the opportunity to contribute to a service project
that is yet to be determined.
History Bowl: Each delegate will have the opportunity to compete in the Montana History Bowl.
The first round of the History Bowl will be a written form given on Sunday, January
15 during the seminar's check-in to determine the participates who will compete in
the second and final rounds throughout the event.
Checklist: Please complete the following by the January 1 and January 2, 2023 deadlines
_____ Reserve your hotel room by January 1, 2023 or earlier
_____ Registration through ZSuite by January 2, 2023 or earlier
_____ Check with your county office to confirm amount before paying
_____ Email your mock legislative bill to [email protected] by January 2, 2023 or earlier
Contact Christine Sommers-Austin at [email protected] or 406-994-3504 with questions and/or comments.
4-H Ambassador News!
The 4-H Ambassadors go through an application and interview process to see who can
represent the Flathead 4-H Youth. This year’s Flathead 4-H Ambassadors are:
Patience Bain Rachelle Becker Taften Erickson
Lance Fritz Annika Mason
Brynn Mason Jayden McIntyre Tracen McIntyre Abby
Let’s congratulate these Flathead 4-H Ambassadors and support them as they represent
our Flathead 4-H Youth!
2023 Foods Fair
2023 Flathead County 4-H Foods Fair will be held Saturday, January 21st at the Expo
Building at the fairgrounds. This year's theme is "Flannels and Favorites".
The Expo building will be open on January 20th from 6-8pm and January 21st at 7am
to set up and decorate your club's area as club booths will be judged. Each club
will have 1-2 tables and 5 chairs. If you need more tables, please bring your own.
Remember to bring extension cords and other equipment or supplies you might need.
Please be set up by 9am on January 21st, judging will commence at 9:30am. There are
junior and senior classes for each category. The last 2 categories "Theme" and Best
of the Best" will be call backs.
We are asking every club to donate a small item to put in each judge’s “thank you"
gift baskets. There are 10 judges. Please drop these items off at the Extension office
no later than January 13th.
Attached is the recipe form to fill out and bring attached to your food item (s).
These will be collected and kept by the judges. Remember, display and plating is
part of your score, be creative!
Each club is responsible for cleaning up following the event.
See you there.
Who: All Flathead 4-H volunteer leaders + spouse / one adult guest
What: Volunteer Appreciation Dinner (catered by the Vista Linda)
Where: Elks Lodge, 1820 US Highway 93 S, Kalispell, MT 59901
When: Friday, January 6th @ 6:30 p.m.
Why: To thank our outstanding Flathead 4-H volunteer leaders
Please RSVP in person to the 4-H office and pay a $10 deposit per person attending. If you attend the event, your deposit will be refunded when you arrive at the Elks
Lodge. If you RSVP that you will attend, but do not attend, the Flathead 4-H Council
will keep your deposit to help cover the cost of the event.
Shooting Sports Leader Important Information!!
1. Please take time to fill out the County Shooting Sports Report for 2021-2022.
You will find the document and the instructions attached. It is very important that
we have this information as it is forwarded to the National Shooting Sports Committee.
It is also a needed component for any Grants that the State Shooting Sports Program
may have been awarded. There are some grant applications that require information
as well. Please submit the information to me by November 21, 2022. That will allow
me to compile information and submit it to the National Committee by December 1, 2022.
2. As your county program get your Shooting Sports Schedules set for the year, please
submit the information for your local matches to me. I will see that they will be
posted on the State 4-H Website, http://montana4h.org/programs/events/shooting-sports-event.html. I ask that you please refer to it for the schedule of events, State Shoot, Rules,
and other information relative to the Shooting Sports Program.
3. The Shooting Sports Leader Training Schedule has been set for the year. Please
refer to the State 4-H Website to access the information. The link for the trainings
is http://montana4h.org/programs/events/shooting_sports_training/index.html. The Shooting Sports Leader Training Schedule is as follows and all documents are
a. April 2023 – Billings, MT. The following disciplines will be offered; Archery,
Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun, and Coordinator.
b. May 2023 – Manhattan Wildlife Association. The following disciplines will be offered;
Shotgun, Muzzle-loading, Hunting Skills, and Western Heritage.
4. We are excited to offer the Coordinator Discipline at the Leader Trainings. The
County Coordinator is an important position in your County Shooting Sports Program.
I encourage you to have a leader from your county attend this training. This will
equip your program with the needed tools to continue offering a super high quality
5. In order to be a certified Shooting Sports Leader in your county, the following
criteria must be met;
a. The leader must be enrolled as a 4-H Leader in their respective county.
b. Pass a background check. This process is handled by the County 4-H Office.
c. Complete the four Z-Suites Modules. If you have not completed the Z-Suites Modules,
please have that done prior to the trainings. Please print out your certificate and
bring it with you. If you have previously completed the modules, you are good for
the training. Please see the attached instructions for the modules. The code for
Z-Suites is NSS-MSU-FQ99W5JMD.
d. The leader must then complete the 8 hour training for the disciplines found in
4-H Shooting Sports.
6. The 2023 Montana 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational will be held on March 3-5, 2023
in Bozeman. Please see the Events page for more information as it becomes available.
7. The 2023 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships will be held in Grand Island,
Nebraska, June 25 – June 30, 2023. To be eligible to compete at the National Championships,
the shooter must have turned 14 years of age by January 1st of 2023 and not turned 19 years of age before January 1st of 2023. The shooters that are the top four finishers in the disciplines offered
at the National Championships will be invited to represent the State of Montana.
The disciplines offered are Air Rifle, Air Pistol, Smallbore Rifle, Smallbore Pistol,
Compound Archery, Recurve Archery, Shotgun, Muzzle-loading, and Hunting Skills. The
State Shoot will be the Qualifying Event for the Smallbore and Ais Disciplines. Competitors
that wish to try compete in Air Rifle Discipline at the National Championships will
be composed of the top four shooters in the combined scores of Sporter 3P and Sporter
Standing Events. The Qualifiers for the rest of the disciplines will take place in
the Spring of 2023 When the schedule is set, it will be shared with the State.
Tuesday nights 7-8pm at Country Kitchen
Our Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/groups/804856783927485 and the group is called Flathead 4-H Dog Project. Please include my email [email protected] and phone (406) 314-3212 for contact.
Hog committee will be meeting on the 1st Wednesday of every month at 6:30pm. Please plan to join us if you are interested in
being involved this year.
4-H Trail & Packing 2023 Dates
Orientation/Introduction – January 7, 2023 – 1:00pm – 4:00pm – Forest Service Supervisors
Office, 650 Wolf Pack Way, Kalispell (Alternate if Government Shutdown)
§ Clinic I – January 28, 2023 – 10:am – 4:00pm – Country Kitchen
§ Clinic II – February 25, 2023 – 10am – 4:00pm – Country Kitchen
§ Clinic III – March 25, 2023 – 9:00am – 4:30pm – Badrock Arena
§ Clinic IV – April 22, 2023 – 9:00am – 4:30pm – Badrock Arena
§ Campout – May 20 & 22, 2023 – Swisher Lake Trailhead, Eureka, MT
2023 4H Small Animal Clinics
§ Jan 17th @ 6pm 4H building—Health & Housing
§ April 28th @6pm Grandstands—LQA
§ May 16th @6pm 4H building—Showmanship, Fair entry and prep
Committee in-person meetings to follow each clinic
Cloverbud Activity Days!!!
Saturday January 21st located at the Sykes Diner Basement (202 2nd Ave. W., Kalispell) at 10 am to 11 am.
Please don’t park in the parking lot, park on the side streets.
For questions or more information, please call Kadin Simon at 406-890-9798.
Meeting Wednesday January 25th, 6pm at the 4-H Building
Please sign up for Remind
This year we are using Remind to send updates about important fair information.
To sign up for Flathead County 4H Goat Committee notifications, please visit
Market Beef Project
January/February TBA: Clinic; Carcass Information
January 31: Steer Replacement Cut-off
April 7: 2nd Weigh-in, 3:45pm-6pm Fairgrounds
April 8: 2nd Alternate Weigh-in, 8am-10am Fairgrounds
May 20: Clinic, 10am Fairgrounds; Washing, Clipping & Showmanship
June 17: Clinic, 12pm Fairgrounds Mild Fence Arena; Hoof Trimming, Pre-Fair
July 8: Clinic, 10am-12pm; Washing, Clipping, Fitting 1pm Mock Show in Trade Center
Market Sheep & Hog – February 1st
Market Poultry/Rabbit – June 1st
Add and Drop all projects—June 1st
Horse Forms/Cards/Clinics-June 1st
You must be enrolled and fees paid by 5pm this date. No exceptions!
Interested in learning to judge livestock?
Flathead 4-H Foundation has purchased a membership to livestockjudging.com for Flathead
4-H members. Learn from professionals with 524 classes of livestock, horse, dairy,
poultry, rabbit, and meats. Contests and competitions are occasionally also available.
Go to livestockjudging.com
Click "sign up"
To create an account if they don't have one.
Log into http://www.livestockjudging.com/code
Enter this CODE ....3epk
This will now take you to your account which will now say Elite Account at the top.
Volunteer Leader Resources
Learning Lab Kits Available for Leaders to Check-out as a Teaching Resources
Beef, Dairy, Dog, Horse, Sheep, Swine, Poultry, Rabbit, Goat, and Plant Identification!
Please contact the Extension Office at 758-5553 or [email protected]
Need 4-H Project Manuals and you can’t get to the Extension Office? No worries, go
to https://store.msuextension.org/ and search for the 4-H project manuals you need, select them, go to the check out,
then use your credit card or debit card, then finish your purchase, and have them
shipped right to your door. It’s that easy!
The Office Administrator goes to lunch every day from 1-2pm, many times the Extension
office door is locked during that time. She also has occasional meetings and errand
for the county. If you need special accommodations or a guaranteed meeting with someone,
please feel free to call ahead and make an appointment.
Just a gentle reminder…
If the Extension Office doesn’t have a club meeting or event on written record in
the office the meeting or event will not be covered under the 4-H insurance. Please
let the Extension office know the date, time, location, what the event is, or if it
is a meeting before the 4-H event, meeting, or activity. You can use the Event, Activity
and Fundraising Form if you like so you don’t forget anything or you can send the
Extension office an email. If your group is doing a fundraiser, of any type, you must
submit a Fundraiser Form to the Extension office to be put in your club file. We
often get questions from community members about various fundraisers.
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!
Dear Flathead 4-H members, leaders & families:
The MSU Extension Flathead County Office will be closed January 2nd for the New Year Holiday. We may be periodically closed for meetings or to run errands. If you need to speak
with us personally, please call for an appointment time. Please leave paperwork in
basket or leave in mailbox on front of building for confidential information. Our
schedule is subject to change at anytime.
Montana State University
4-H Extension Agent
Montana State University
Agriculture Extension Agent
Montana State University
4-H/FCS Extension Agent
MSU Extension, Flathead County
Phone: (406) 758-5553
SNAP Recipe of the Month
Turkey, Noodle and Vegetable Soup
Yield: [7 servings] / Serving Size = 1½ cups
8 cups low-sodium chicken or turkey broth
1 cup cubed potatoes
2 cups sliced carrots
1 cup sliced celery
¼ cup chopped onion
¾ cup frozen peas or baby lima beans
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups uncooked whole wheat noodles
2 cups cooked turkey meat, diced
1. In a large pot combine turkey broth, vegetables, and salt.
2. Cook for 15 minutes. Add noodles and turkey, heat to a boil and simmer 15 minutes
or until noodles are done.
Harvest of the Month: Carrot
Did you know that carrots were originally purple to black in color, and not orange? Carrots
originated in central Asia over one thousand years ago. Today there are over a hundred
varieties of carrots that come in many colors--purple, black, yellow, orange, red,
and white. In the US, we typically only see orange carrots at grocery stores, but
often you can find other colors at farmers markets too.
Carrots are well known for containing high amounts of beta carotene, an antioxidant
which is a form of vitamin A. Beta carotene is important for eyesight, skin, and growing
bodies. For “x-ray vision” be sure to pack carrots as snacks or add to your meals.
Carrots are an easy addition since they are delicious raw or cooked. Grate carrots to
add to salad, slaw, or sandwiches. Roast carrots as a delicious side dish or alternative
to French fries! Enjoy this simple recipe for soup featuring carrots and other delicious
MSU Extension—Flathead County
4-H & Youth Development Agent
Agriculture, Natural Resource & Community Development Extension Agent
4-H & Family Consumer Sciences Agent
1108 South Main Street Ste. 4
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 758-5553
Fax: (406) 758-5881
Email: [email protected]
Find us on Facebook at Flathead4H
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