On Saturday, Nov. 2, The Yucaipa Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints presented the “Standing for Something” award to Cali Binks, Superintendent of the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District, a position she has held since July 2013.
Relatives, friends, and co-workers of Binks joined school board members as well as members of the Yucaipa Stake to celebrate the accomplishment. Guests were treated to a delicious dinner before the award ceremony.
The “Standing for Something” award is given to those that not only live high values, but also work hard to make a difference in our community. Binks was nominated by Jennifer Isaac for her outstanding involvement in the lives of the children and their families in our valley.
Gordon B. Hinckley, former president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wrote in his book Standing for Something, “Tremendous is our opportunity to reach beyond the hoped-for goal of wealth and worldly success to build and strengthen others, to relieve suffering, to aid in making the world a better place, to be as a light. Tremendous also is our potential for leading out and standing up, in every arena of our lives, for the virtues that will make our individual lives, our families, and our society strong and vibrant.”
According to Isaac, “Superintendent Binks is that source of hope. Her Christian faith, and Christ-like, charitable heart guide her decisions each and every day as she leaves everyone feeling just a little stronger for being in her presence.” Isaac also shared stories of Binks caring for her brother, her neighbors, her students and their families, as well as the community we all share.
“Family is everything,” said Travis Salisbury of the Yucaipa Stake Public Affairs Committee, “That's why Cali’s job is so important to us, as we trust our children to the schools for eight hours each day.”
The award was presented by President Headley, a member of the Yucaipa Stake Presidency. In addition to the award, Binks was presented with a copy of “The Living Christ” as well as a copy of “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” two important documents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint theology.
After receiving the award, Binks – in her gracious and generous way – took the opportunity to point out the many good qualities of the invited guests in the room.