The award honors women who have contributed to public life and the community.  Nominations are open to women residents of, or employed within, the Santa Maria Valley.  One may nominate more than one woman for the awards. There is a $40.00 nomination fee per application.  Nominations must be postmarked by January 25, 2011.  A panel of judges will interview nominees on February 5 and 12, 2011.  For more information on the Women of Excellence Awards and the nominating guidelines, please contact Sara San Juan at 805-346-7900.

Categories for nomination: “Women Taking Creative Risks” award, “Women of Spirit” award, “Women Helping Women” award and the “Lifetime Achievement” award.

The Santa Maria Women’s Network invites the community

to make nominations for the Women of Excellence Award.

A recognition dinner will be held in their honor, Wednesday, March 2, 2011 in the Santa Maria Ballroom at the Historic Santa Maria Inn.  The event is scheduled from 6pm to 8:30pm.

The Santa Maria Women’s Network is a non-profit organization that promotes the professional and personal development of its members.   Membership includes men and women from the business and private sectors of the community, who gather to exchange information, provide mutual support and assist in the overall advancement of women.  Each month the organization will meet for a luncheon, which is held on the first Wednesday of each month at the Historic Santa Maria Inn 12-1pm.