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Rusanowsky Serves as Keynote Speaker at Scouting Community Breakfast

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks
Dan Rusanowsky is an Eagle Scout, and he always says so in the present tense. 

As the keynote speaker at the Santa Clara County Council’s Scouting Community Breakfast on April 18 at the San Jose Athletic Club, Rusanowsky described the foundations for life that he learned through the Scout Oath and Law, how he applied them to the challenges of adulthood and urged his audience to support the program.

In a short 30 minutes, the radio voice of the Sharks shared many empowering stories about his learning experiences through Scouting, which culminated with his Eagle Scout award in 1979.

“Our Scout Troop had a board with leather plaques commemorating all of the Eagle Scouts from the Troop and I wanted my name on that board,” he said.  “The process that I went through to achieve that was a wonderful foundation for life as an adult.”

Rusanowsky is one of the most familiar personalities in Sharks team history and is no stranger to getting involved in the community.

He’s the co-chair of the annual Ultimate Fantasy Hockey Playoffs Draft and Dinner, benefiting the Foundation Fighting Blindness, which has raised more than $450,000 since its inception.  He serves on the Executive Board of the Santa Clara County Council and on the Advisory Boards for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley.  He contributes his efforts to raising funds for Services for Brain Injury.

Intuitively, Dan’s heavy involvement in his community and service to others can be attributed to his lifelong participation in the Scouting programs. 

The Boy Scouts of America is a value-based program with its own code of conduct. The Scout Oath and Law help instill values of good conduct, respect for others and honesty.  In addition to basic outdoor skills, first aid, citizenship skills, leadership skills, and how to get along with others, the Scouts have shown Dan how to stand up for the things he believes in.  Clearly, these are qualities that have made him the successful community leader he is today.

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