Fix named Woman of Distinction |

Fix named Woman of Distinction

What Diane Fix believes made her Soroptimist International’s 2001 Woman of Distinction is her constant involvement with literacy programs.

“If you give children a love of reading and excitement in books what it does is makes them want more,” Fix said. “It makes them do better in school, it makes them do better in life.”

For Fix, a love of books and reading was inspired by her mother, who was a librarian.

“Probably way back there somewhere it was planted in my psyche as something that was important,” she said. “When I was a teenager she (her mother) used to pay me for watching my little sisters with Nancy Drew books. Books have been a part of my life since I was a young child.”

And she’s been teaching them most of her adult life.

Fix began working with children in a preschool setting in 1975 in Santa Cruz where she attended Cabrillo College. Since moving to Truckee in 1982, she has worked at Church of the Mountains Preschool, started a Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District day camp, started the Young Historians with the Truckee Donner Historical Society, started the TDRPD after-school program, served on the Sierra Nevada Children’s Museum board, started the Read to Me program with Truckee Rotary, ran workshops at the Truckee Library for older children, worked as the facilitator of the Mother/Daughter book club at the Bookshelf and started a Saturday program at the library called Storytelling with Mrs. Fix.

“I feel the need to be involved in anything that involves children as long as I have the energy to do it,” she said.

Fix, who is not a member of Soroptimists International, said she doesn’t know who nominated her for the award and remains humble about receiving it.

“I think it’s an opportunity to thank people,” she said. “It’s not about me, it’s about the work and people who helped with the work. So it’s an opportunity for that and that’s how I’m getting myself through it.”

Soroptimist International annually honors a Woman of Distinction for achievements in “professional, business or voluntary activities.”

The group forwards recipients of local awards on to “region and federation levels for further recognition.”

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