Dara McGlamery honored for years of dedication to Mid-Del
By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon
The Mid-Del Public Schools Foundation welcomed its newest member of its Hall of Fame last week.
Dara McGlamery was inducted into the hall of fame Feb. 27 during the Foundation’s awards banquet at Rose State College.
McGlamery is a longtime business owner and active volunteer and supporter of the Mid-Del community.
Superintendent Rick Cobb spoke briefly before the hall of fame presentation. He thanked everyone for their support of public education through their actions, words and donations.
“When you listen to all the people who have a microphone around the state, not all of them sound like they believe in public education anymore and it makes me feel humble to be in a room with people who do,” Cobb said.
Mid-Del is blessed with many current and former educators who continue to give back, and impressive students that pave the way to a bright future, Cobb said.
Diane Sizemore and Cindy Mikeman introduced McGlamery as the newest hall of fame inductee.
McGlamery was raised in Midwest City and graduated from Del City High School. She and her husband Pat have a son Ryan and a daughter-in-law Katelyn, who is a teacher in Mid-Del, and two grandchildren.
She has had a successful business, The Cutt Co., in Midwest City for 35 years.
McGlamery has been active with several local organizations including the Midwest City Chamber of Commerce, Junior Service League, Mid-Del Public Schools Foundation and others. She also serves on the Midwest City Memorial Hospital Authority Board of Grantors which helps evaluate grant applications.
“She is a straight shooter, she is committed, she is invested in the community and never shies away from being the sole dissenter,” Sizemore said about McGlamery. “She is the type of person that every organization wants and needs on their board.”
McGlamery is a founding member of the Mid-Del Public Schools Foundation and has enjoying watching it grow over the years. Among her favorite parts is presenting grants for teachers.
“Never did she dream that an organization started out very humbling asking businesses for money to help teachers in the classroom that it would ever grow to what it is today,” Sizemore said.
McGlamery thanked the Foundation for the hall of fame induction.
“I was very surprised with this honor and I loved this organization [Mid-Del Public Schools Foundation] and they’ll never get rid of me,” she said.
McGlamery thanked her family, friends, former classmates and coworkers for their support.
“They all support me and they keep me going,” she said. “They’re not going to get rid of me.”
Following the induction, Barks provided an update on the Mid-Del Public Schools Foundation grant program and other projects and thanked everyone for attending the evening.
“When you come to these invest you’re having a generational impact on students across the board,” Barks said.