At Soroptimist International of Napa’s annual Women’s Awards Banquet, the Opportunity Awards will be presented to first-place winner Susan Bell and second-place winner Ala Marie De Chillo for their efforts in working to improve their lives for themselves and their children.

In addition, Bell will receive $1,500 and move on to the district level of competition. De Chillo will receive $1,000. The funds are to be used in any way that the recipients need to help achieve their goals of continuing their education and building a better life for themselves and their children.

Kimberly “Nicole” Guffy from Napa High School will receive the Violet Richardson award, which goes to a teenage girl honored for her volunteer work.

Doris Smeltzer is the recipient of this year’s Ruby Award, given to a woman who significantly helps women or girls. Smeltzer is the president and co-founder of Andrea’s Voice Foundation.

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The public is welcome to attend the Women’s Award Banquet on March 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge on Soscol Avenue in Napa. Contact committee chair Carol Smith at 360-4312 for a reservation by March 8.

Soroptimist International of Napa is a women’s service organization made up of business and professional women dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls, locally and around the world. The Napa club meets the second, third and fourth Tuesdays of the month for lunch at the Elks Lodge from noon to 1 p.m.

For more information, contact President Brenda Roberts for more information at 255-4434 or