Each year, National 4-H Week is celebrated throughout the country the first week of October. 4-H is the largest youth organization throughout the world. Montana and Hill County have long been involved with this youth program. In fact, 4-H has been in Hill County since 1922 — that's 90 years.
The support given to 4-H is always appreciated by the members, parents, leaders and extension staff. Thanks to all who have been there. Your support is fantastic.
Montana 4-H officially opened the 100th-year celebration during the recent annual 4-H leadership forum held at Big Sky. During the next year there will be many events honoring this milestone. Betty McCoy, former Montana 4-H state leader, is in the process of writing a book which will feature stories submitted by 4-H'ers and former 4H'ers throughout Montana. Several items are available, including T-shirts and polo shirts, sweatshirts, vests, mugs and Montana Silversmith belt buckles and bracelets. Orders can be placed by contacting the state office at Taylor Hall in Bozeman or at local extension offices.
The celebration finale will take place in Billings at the 2012 Leadership Forum where a quilt, custom-made hats and a Don Greytak drawing will be raffled. Also at this event, recognition will be given to families that have three or more generations of 4-H members. There will also be recognition given to former 4-H members who have gone on to make a name for themselves throughout the country. Such an example of this would be former 4-H member Brian Schweitzer who went on to become governor of Montana.
If you or someone you know would fall into either of these categories, contact your local extension office or me with names and include the club and county they were enrolled with. We need everyone's help to be sure that no one is left out of this special recognition. Also, if you have any special comments about how you have used what you learned through 4-H, those comments are always welcome.
Join the fun and excitement of celebrating 90 years of Montana 4-H.
Hill County 4-H leader