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Dan Rusanowsky and S.J. Sharkie Surprise New President of the Downtown San Jose Rotary Club

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Sharks radio play-by-play broadcaster Dan Rusanowsky and S.J. Sharkie were on hand last Wednesday when Shirley Lewis opened her first meeting as the San Jose Rotary's 99th president on July 6, 2011 at the Rotary Summit Center in downtown San Jose.

A native of San Jose, Lewis served on the city council from 1981-92, including two years as Vice Mayor and four years as the Vice Chair of the Redevelopment Agency under Mayor Tom McEnery.

In these roles, Lewis was intricately involved in the effort to pass the building of the San Jose Arena (now known as HP Pavilion at San Jose) and then negotiating to bring the San Jose Sharks hockey club to town. Shirley was not a hockey fan at the time and had never seen a professional hockey game, but she was a huge proponent for revitalizing downtown and was convinced that a venue and hometown team would do just that.

"As many of you know, the measure to build the Arena barely passed in 1988,” said Lewis. “But both the building and the team have certainly lived up to everyone's vision.”

When Lewis went to the first Sharks game at the Cow Palace in 1991, she was completely hooked and has been a season ticket holder ever since.

"I love the excitement and the pace of the game and it is great fun to root for the home team – HP Pavilion at San Jose is my second home!" says Lewis.

The appearance of Rusanowsky and S.J. Sharkie was a surprise to Lewis and she was delighted when they presented her with a black jersey with her name and the number 12 to commemorate her year (2012) as Rotary president.

Everyone at the Sharks organization congratulates Lewis and thanks her for being a great Sharks fan!

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