Clubs and Organizations Rotary learns
of Coyoteopoly The Vermillion Rotary Club held its weekly luncheon meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at the Neuharth Media Center on the campus of USD. President Mary Edelen opened the meeting and led us in the invocation. Singing, announcements, and introduction of guests (including four seniors from Vermillion High School) followed. Rotarian Greg Huckabee introduced Rob Schuneman and Lisa Nesheim as our speakers for the day. Rob is the CEO of Coyoteopoly, a student-run organization that provides support to various identified clients in the Vermillion community. Lisa is the president of Coyoteopoly. Coyoteopoly was started in 2004 by Professor Greg Huckabee as a way of giving business school students a chance to incorporate classroom learning with a real-world business experience. The history of Coyoteopoly is an impressive one. In the spring of 2005 they assisted the 86th Combat Surgical Company in Baghdad by sending over 900 pounds of morale enhancing supplies. In 2006 they collected, packaged, and shipped school supplies to over 600 school children in Iraq. In 2007 they collected funds to provide many amenities in the improvement of the Vermillion Bike Path project. In the fall of 2008 they raised over $16,000 for the Vermillion Food Pantry. The amount raised each year has been steadily increasing. The effort involves over 100 business school students. The students are involved in numerous areas including finance, human resources, operations, technology (Web site), marketing, and many other areas. The mission for the spring of 2009 is to help beautify the Vermillion community by raising funds for benches and waste receptacles for the downtown area and for trees to be planted in the community. This is in support of the Sesquicentennial celebration of the community of Vermillion. Their goal is to raise $12,000 in support of this project. To achieve this they will be soliciting cash donations, accepting recyclables to be processed, and will be setting up a Paypal site on their website: â�?�?Coyoteopoloy.com.â�? The big day will be April 4. On that day they will be collecting donations, holding an art event including the sale of original donated art work, and the planting of trees. Vermillion Rotary has accepted the role of sponsoring Coyoteopoly because of the many contributions Coyoteopoly has made to our community.