Thank You Lois
MOA Club #363 BMW
Columbia, South Carolina
Lawson and Lois McLeod were active in motorcycling, going to rallies and events near their home and across the country. They got to know many riders from the area, often seeing them at these events. Legend has it that Lawson would sooner or later bring up the subject of starting a BMW-MOA chartered club in the Columbia, SC area.
In October 2013, Lawson and Lois invited all the MOA members in South Carolina to their home for a cookout. This was the beginning of MOA Chartered Club #363.
At one of the earliest meeting held, we elected officers. Lawson was elected President and Lois was elected Secretary. I’m not sure anyone ran for VP, but no one wanted to be Treasurer. Lois accepted that responsibility also.
With Lawson and Lois at the helm, we started to develop and shape as a club. We had approximately fifty members and we had volunteers for Club Chaplain, Ride Captains and such. We even had a Vice President. Lois was still doing double duty as Secretary/Treasurer.
Before the club’s first anniversary, Lawson died unexpectedly. At the time of Lawson’s death, we were still growing our roots. In all clubs, there is the core of the group. The members who show at the meetings, rain, sleet or motorcycle in the shop. And we had them.
We also had Lois. After Lawson’s death, Lois stayed on as Secretary/Treasurer of our club. Secretary? Treasurer? She did it all. Lois continued to lead the club for four months, until the first of the year, when we elected new officers. At that time, the VP became President, a new VP and Treasurer were elected, and Lois stayed as Secretary.
Lois has taken members ideas, and put her heart, soul and organizing skills to turn them into events. Of course, she has plenty of experience in that field, she used these same qualities to help initiate and build our club. Over the years, our club annual activities include family picnics, camping, rider’s training, swap meets, grand tours and Toys for Tots. Every September we have a ride in memory of Lawson.
The recipe for a strong club is to get as many members involved as possible. But every club needs a Lois. She has made the reservations, got the permits, cooked and served the meals, and whatever else was needed.
Most of us have experienced a time when work has interfered with our motorcycling. Unfortunately for our club, this has happened to Lois. Because of work, Lois has stepped down as Secretary, effective immediately.
In Lois’ own words, the club that Lawson and Lois wanted was “one centered on socializing, fellowship, education, a love for motorcycling and an informal atmosphere where there was something for everyone and flexibility for all.”
Lois has definitely led this club using that philosophy.
Thank you, Lois.
Palmetto BMW Riders
MOA Club #363
Who are We
We are motorcyclists that participate in socializing, fellowship, and of course, riding motorcycles. We are a chartered club of BMW MOA, but all riders and all brands of motorcycles are welcome.
Our activities include group rides, a “Tour of South Carolina”, a club swap meet, club camping and other events. We stay on top of our game by participating in club training events. We have an annual family picnic and support ‘Toys for Tots”.
For more information, e-mail your name, address and phone number
Lawson McLeod loved motorcycling, rallies, and fellowship with motorcyclists. In October 2013, he initiated the beginnings of the Palmetto BMW Riders, a BMW-MOA chartered club. With the assistance of BMW-MOA, emails were sent to MOA members in the Midlands and surrounding areas, inviting them to the McLeod home for a cookout and the rest is history.
Lawson’s conception was centered on socializing, fellowship, education, and a love for motorcycling. He emphasized that, while we are affiliated with BMW-MOA and support that organization, members don’t have to own a BMW to join…just a love of motorcycling. He wanted an informal atmosphere where there was “something for everyone and flexibility for all.”
Palmetto BMW Riders currently has 34 members and a mailing list of more than 75. We meet the third Saturday of each month, alternating locations around the state. Please come have a meal with us and enjoy fellowship with our South Carolina motorcycle club.
Note: Sadly, Lawson died suddenly and unexpectedly in August 2014. The club continues to honor his memory and enjoy the benefits of the club as he envisioned it.