For the light-hearted, there is a saying that no good deed goes unpunished. For Dale Smicklas, general manager of Automax Dodge-Shawnee, he has discovered that a local group he belongs to has just issued a sentence that will affect him for life.

For the light-hearted, there is a saying that no good deed goes unpunished. For Dale Smicklas, general manager of Automax Dodge-Shawnee, he has discovered that a local group he belongs to has just issued a sentence that will affect him for life.

“Smicklas has a soft heart when it comes to charitable causes,” Dr. Scot P. Wengland, president of the Central Oklahoma Mopar Association (COMA), said.

Smicklas, and Automax, contribute to Shawnee school teams and also to local car clubs, he said.

Smicklas was recently featured in the local news when he and Automax donated –– at no cost to the family –– a used reliable minivan.

Lisa Jessup's son, Jacob Waylon Jessup, born mid-September, is battling hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), which is a birth defect that affects a number of structures on the left side of the heart that do not fully develop.

She did not have reliable transportation to commute to and from OU Children's Medical Center in Oklahoma City to be with him.

“Mr. Smicklas did not do this for the publicity. The family called the TV stations so all of central Oklahoma could learn of the kindness that was shown,” Wengland said.

Wengland said the former professional Polo athlete is very humble and prefers to stay quietly in the shadows while helping people.

“Many do not know, but Mr. Smicklas has knelt before Queen Elizabeth I I and played Polo with Prince Charles in his younger years,” he said.

To honor Smicklas and his efforts, on Saturday afternoon, the Central Oklahoma Mopar Association (COMA) bestowed on him an honorary lifetime membership in the organization during a surprise ceremony –– much like the one Smicklas was responsible for with baby Jacob's family.

“We honored him for all the outstanding work he has done to help others,” Wengland said.

“I am proud to call this man my friend and to nominate him for this honor,” he said.

Smicklas said, “It was great. I had no idea they were going to do that. It was a pleasant surprise.”

He said he has never been elected for a lifetime membership to anything.

“I've always been a fan of vintage cars and have supported Mopar since I moved to Shawnee,” he said.

“Though I've never owned a vintage car, I was compelled to be a part of the club because it has so rich a history with cars.”

“We had a great time,” he said. “It's a really good bunch of people.”

About COMA

COMA has been a not-for-profit club for 33 years. The club hosts an annual car show to raise money for local charitable organizations.

“Last year with help from Mr. Smicklas, and others, we raised and donated $3,000 to two charities: one being a abused woman's shelter,” Wengland said.

He said the group has been able to raise money for different charitable themes.

“This year we hope to raise money for K9 tactical vests and also to help a local museum,” he said.

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