Rotarian Dianne Fix has been a literacy advocate for Truckee preschoolers for over 35 years.
In July 2019 the Rotary Club of Truckee, under Dianne’s leadership, was awarded a District 5190 Service Grant of $2,000. The club matched the grant for a total of $4,000, which purchased 2,000 books and book bags to be given to preschoolers each month through the Rotary Shares Stories program. This program, which was started by Dianne in 2007, organizes Rotarians to read stories at Truckee Pine Head Start and Truckee State Preschool each week.
Dianne also started the literacy program, Read to Me, in honor of her late husband, Tim Fix. Book bags are distributed to pediatricians in the Truckee area to be given to the parents of their young patients, encouraging a love of reading.
Dianne reads in 30 Truckee and Reno preschool, kindergarten, and first grade classrooms each week. She inherited her love of books and reading from her mother, a career librarian. Dianne’s daughter Eileen is a teacher at Alice Smith school in Golden Valley. A 4th generation literacy advocate, Dianne’s seven-year-old granddaughter Georgia helps her grandmother put “Rotary” stamps on each book provided to the children. Georgia also reads a book weekly during “circle time” at her former preschool, Noah’s Ark in Reno.