Rotary learns of Coyoteopoly’s mission

Rotary learns of Coyoteopoly's mission


The Vermillion Rotary Club held its weekly luncheon meeting on

Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the Neuharth Center on the campus of USD. 


President David Lorenz opened the meeting and led us in the

invocation and recitation of the Rotary 4 Way Test. This was

followed by a round of singing, introduction of guests including

three Vermillion High School seniors, and announcements.

President Lorenz introduced Richard Drawdy and Dustin Pratt as

our speakers for the day. Mr. Drawdy is a junior at the Beacom

School of Business and the CEO of Coyoteopoly. Mr. Pratt is a senior

at the Beacom School of Business and the CFO of Coyoteopoly. 

Coyoteopoly is currently a subsidiary of Vermillion Rotary.

They began their presentation by stating the mission of

Coyoteopoly, which is to provide Beacom School of Business students

an opportunity to expand and develop their current business skills

and knowledge needed for a successful future career.

Coyoteopoly was started in 2004 by Professor Gregory Huckabee as

a means of providing students with a real world experience of

starting a business, selecting a client, organizing a business

structure, and working toward a successful outcome.

The selected client for this fall semester is the Vermillion Food

Pantry. The task is to collect food items and funds to assist the

client, the Food Pantry, in meeting its goal of providing food for

those in need in our community. They have selected Saturday,

Nov. 14, as Coyoteopoly Day, at which time they will canvas the

Vermillion area for food items and funds. Their goal for this

semester is to collect 10,000 food items and $12,000 in cash.

They are implementing many new ideas to raise the necessary

funds. Some of the ideas are: a Hot Dog stand downtown during D-

Days, a Disc Golf event, approach civic organizations to solicit

their involvement and support, and a 50/50 raffle through the Greek

system. They will also solicit volunteers from the Greek system to

help sort and deliver food items that are collected. Each student

has also set a personal goal of raising $100 each. They have also

set up a Pay Pal link on their website at

During a question and answer period they were asked if they knew

what percentage of the Vermillion Food Pantry budget their

contribution represented. Their answer surprised most people in the

audience when they said that the contribution amounted to

approximately 50 percent of the annual budget. This is an admirable

contribution on the part of university students in our community. 


At the end of the presentation, President Lorenz presented them with a

Rotary check in the amount of $500 toward the achievement of their goal.

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