George Bliss

George Bliss, Hall of Fame Community Leader

George Bliss, Hall of Fame Community Leader

An avid Sports fan, successful businessman and tire- less community servant, George Bliss has been active in our community helping for over 60 years.

As a resident of Carpinteria since 1921, he has been Chairman of the Memorial Stadium Steering Com- mittee and he championed the funding of the High School’s Memorial Stadium. Recently he was selected as the Honorary Directory of the Russell Cup Track Meet. A 60 year member of the Lions, he was instrumental in establishing the Carpinteria Lions Park. He has been active in the campaign to build the city swimming pool and in the establishment of the Historical Museum. There hasn’t been a Boys or Girls Club Capital Campaign that did not involve George. He has been on the Carpinteria School Board, a Director of the Chamber of Commerce, and in 1967 was Carpinterian of the Year.

George’s good works don’t stop in Carpinteria. As President and Director of Elings Park, he played a key role in transforming a useless landfill inco a showcase park.

He is Past Chair of the SB County Employees Civil Service Commission, Past Chair of the SB SheriffCivil Service Commission, Past Member ofthe SB Planning Commission, Past Director of the Land Trust of SB County and Past President and Director of the 19rh Agricultural District. George is this year’s recipient of both the News-Press Lifetime Achievement Award and the Santa Barbara Foundation’s Man ofthe Year Award.

As for athletic prowess, George has that too. In 1935 and 1936, he won the Russell Cup 660. In 1936, he was the State Champion in the 660. He was a member ofthe UCLATrackTeam and the Captain of theUCLACrossCountryTeam.However,heismost proud of being a member of the Carpinteria High School Medley Relay Team that beat C lar nee Schutre’s best back in 1935.

George and his wife Marjorie have 3 children: Terry, Wendy & Tim and 6 grandchildren.