This week we’ve highlighted four men who have been stalwart supporters of this community.

Those four — John Little, Jimmy Stallings, Dr. Barry Pollard and Leonard Northcutt — are the four Pillar of the Plains honorees this year. One of them will be named 2016 Pillar of the Plains during a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 12 in the Benson Room in Convention Hall in the Central National Bank Center.

The Enid News & Eagle, along with community partners, created the Pillar of the Plains award to honor local people who have been active in the community. These individuals have taken on tasks and projects beyond their professions to better the quality of life in our community. Honorees are selected by past Pillars of the Plains, who include Bert Mackie, Lee Thompson, Janet Cordell, Lew Ward, Dr. Charles Ogle, Becky Cummings, Dr. Jerry Blankenship, April Danahy, Doug Frantz, Martie Oyler, Gail Wynne, Paul Allen and Cheryl Evans.

That’s a distinguished list of previous recipients, and the four honorees this year fit right in.

John Little retired from his position as OG&E district manager on Dec. 1.

In his 16 years in this community he’s been a strong supporter of many endeavors that make Enid such a great place to live.

He is a past chairman of Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce, is chairman of both the Human Services Alliance of Great­er Enid and of Hope Outreach Mi­­nistries, and previously served as president on the Denny Price Family YMCA board. Two years ago, OG&E was campaign chair for United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma, as in his capacity with the electric company, Little was heavily involved in the campaign that touches so many lives here.

Jimmy Stallings is pre­sident of Envirotech Engineering and Con­sulting Inc. He also has served as chair of Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce from 2009 to 2010, served two terms on the Airport Advisory Board and served seven years on the Enid Regional Development Alliance Board of Directors. He was a Key Economics Networks regional leader for Gov. Mary Fallin’s Oklahoma Works program.

One of his most recent accomplishments was serving — with Chad Dillingham — as co-chairman for the recent Enid Public Schools $90.23 million bond issue. For that work, they were named by Oklahoma State School Boards Association as recipients of the 2016 Barbara Lynch Community Partner Award.

Barry Pollard is a neurosurgeon, owner and president of P&K Equipment, owner of Pollard Farms LLC, member of the American Angus Association Board of Directors and member of Oklahoma State University Presidents Medallion.

One of his biggest professional accomplishments is being a founding member of Oklahoma State University Medical Cowboys, a fundraising effort for those interested in the medical field and get doctors to rural health care areas.

Leonard Northcutt has called Enid home since 1963, when he joined the family car dealership.

Since then, he has wholeheartedly supported his adopted hometown.

He has been president and chairman of the fundraising campaign for United Way of Enid and Northwest Oklahoma. In 1973, he was named Outstanding Young Man of the Enid Jaycees. He has served as president of Denny Price Family YMCA, president of Rotary Club and chairman of Enid Development Coalition.

Northcutt has long been a friend of education. He has supported local public schools and was instrumental in the founding of Emmanuel Christian School and served as its first board president, and also served as president of the Enid-Phillips Partnership Drive in 1978.

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