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We know our community has many needs. And certain selfless individuals are doing the right thing for the good of the community without wanting any publicity or notoriety.

In 2003, the Enid News & Eagle, along with community partners, created the Pillar of the Plains. The ceremony honors local people who have been active in the community, improved the quality of life and made the Enid area a better place.

Pillar of the Plains, now in its 17th year, has honored 68 deserving people (some of them now deceased). Of those, 16 have been honored as a “Pillar of the Plains.”

Previous Pillars of the Plains are Bert Mackie, Lee Thompson, Janet Cordell, the late Lew Ward, Dr. Charles Ogle, Becky Cummings, Dr. Jerry Blankenship, April Danahy, Doug Frantz, Martie Oyler, Gail Wynne, Paul Allen, Cheryl Evans, Dr. Barry Pollard, Jim Strate and Cheri Ezzell.

Pillars are honored for contributing to the community above and beyond their professional livelihood. With visionary leadership, they make a difference and work hard to leave a lasting, diverse legacy.

This kind of notoriety is deserved for those making a major difference. We’re talking about our volunteers that give freely of their time — not for a paycheck, but to better our community.

Please think of our local business leaders, community leaders and volunteers who unselfishly give of their time and talents in addition to their daily duties.

To nominate someone as Pillar of the Plains, please send us his or her name, address or place of business and a phone number.

We also need a written summary of what your nominee has done to be deserving of the honor.

Finally, we need your name and contact information.

Email editor@enidnews.com or send information to Rob Collins, Enid News & Eagle, 227 W. Broadway, P.O. Box 1192, Enid, OK 73702.

We need to have nominations by Monday, Nov. 18, so a panel of past Pillars can select the honorees.

The recipient and all other honorees will be recognized in January 2020. Thank you for your input.

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