Pratt addresses Vermillion Rotary

The Vermillion Rotary Club held its weekly luncheon meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at the Neuharth Media 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.

Rotarian Greg Huckabee introduced Dustin Pratt as our speaker for the day. Dustin is the former CEO of Coyoteopoly, and one of the first Innovation Fellows in South Dakota currently pursuing an MBA.

Mr. Pratt presented a report on the activities of the Coyoteopoly team as it raised funds and collected food items for the Vermillion Food Pantry. Coyoteopoly was started by Professor Greg Huckabee, a faculty member of the Beacom School of Business, to give students practical experience of forming a corporation and taking on activities in support of a client; in this case, the Vermillion Food Pantry.

Mr. Pratt showed a video of the activities on Nov.11, 2009, as they collected and organized the food items and collected funds.  He reported that Coyoteopoly collected $12,033 and 14,000 food items for the Food Pantry. A note of interest is that this corresponds to about 50 percent of the annual budget of the Food Pantry.

In the interest of full disclosure, the Vermillion Rotary Club currently sponsors Coyoteopoly.

Congratulations to the entire Coyoteopoly team for its contribution to our community.

The members were then shown a video entitled "Women in Rotary." This brief history showed how Rotary started as a businessmen's club in 1905 and voted to allow women to participate fully in 1989. Rotary is now stronger than ever, thanks to this occurrence.

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