Members and leaders of the MSU Toole County 4-H program helped to host the Biennial 4-H Legislative Breakfast in Helena on Jan. 17. From the Blazing Saddles Club, Avalyn, Alethea and Anissa Smith, accompanied by their father, Dusty Smith, participated. The breakfast is sponsored by Montanans for 4-H, an all-volunteer group of concerned citizens with the mission of supporting 4-H throughout the legislative session.

This year, a majority of legislators attended the breakfast to hear 4-H youth and alumni describe the transferable life skills they gained through their participation in Montana 4-H. Over 200 people attended the breakfast, including 54 legislators and elected state officials, including Senator Butch Gillespie (SD9) and Representative Ross Fitzgerald (HD17).

With a focus on “4-H: Opportunity for All,” this year’s event highlighted the positive impact 4-H has in all 56 counties and seven reservations across Montana for both rural and urban youth of all backgrounds. In addition to the formal presentations, 4-H members and adult volunteers had the opportunity to join their area legislators around a breakfast table and express the importance of the 4-H program to themselves personally, as well as thousands of families across Montana.

The Montanans for 4-H Committee thanks all legislators and Capitol staff who participated in the breakfast to learn about Montana 4-H, the youth development program of Montana State University Extension.

4-H is a community of young people and adults across the country learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H is the largest out-of-school educational program in Montana, annually involving over 17,000 youth and 3,000 certified volunteers. 4-H is open to any youth ages 5-19 and offers more than 200 hands-on projects and activities. 4-H is a part of Montana State University Extension. Visit us at: www.montana.edu/extension/4h/.

Editor’s note: Kim Woodring is a Toole County Extension agent.

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