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 Coyoteopoly.com.
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.