The Woman. The Club. The Legacy: Sisters of Scota WMC ~ 30 Years Print
Written by Cara Mae McGuire   

 

soswmc patchAs she came to her senses out of the blackness from yet another brawl, the first thing Dayna Davidson did was check her colors. All the beatings in the world couldn’t take her patch away, she was in it heart and soul -in a man’s world…the aggressive world of outlaw bikers during the late 70’s. Barely hanging on, but determined as hell, Dayna had sealed her fate time and again, with her "no turning back and no regrets" mantra. A mindset also shared by her sisters, a ‘family’ of women who motored the social outcast road together; women who were trying to find beauty in the people and places that made up this taboo biker community.

 

 

The Woman

You might not recognize her given name, Dayna Davidson, a spunky gal born in a small Texas town of Rosenberg, but raised in California by a strict Southern Baptist mother and a hard drinking, good-time dad. Early in life, she suffered the tragic loss of her older brother who drowned in a swimming accident, witnessed by Dayna at age five -- a moment that would forever leave her heartbroken.

Despite her conflicted family life, Dayna persevered through her childhood by taking the theatre stage to sing and act. She also proved to be a strong athlete in track -- good enough to be a contender for the Olympics. She did what most accomplished girls would do and went on to college, where she realized “it wasn’t the right fit” and sought another course. Her new direction would lay the groundwork for her destiny: to create a women’s motorcycle club.

It was 1978 when Dayna discovered motorcycling. Her pal, Corky Davis, gave her lessons on a Honda Hawk. From there she hit the open road searching for a home in the biker community. A woman commanding her own bike and her own identity in outlaw land, though, would be a brutal one. Her hazardous mission to share the streets and gain respect from the ruling 1%ers would leave her to endure numerous mental and physical beatings making clear, there was no room in their world for “a gal like her.”

Dayna, not hindered by the threats, decided to reach out to other fellow female riders who desired her outlaw lifestyle and soon “Grumbles” gave birth to a revolutionary movement: women biker outlaw clubs.

Through the willingness of a member from the Valley Knights MC, Ron Strousse, mentored Grumbles inDayna Davidson, aka: Grumbles the proper protocol and constitution of outlaw biker ways. It was based upon that knowledge she created, Leather and Lace WMC, which we now know as Sisters of Scota WMC and was allowed to “prospect” her patch for approval. Still with her new-found venture, she had to pay her dues sacrificing her body through bar brawls and beat downs defending her outlaw (three-piece) patch. Grumbles suffered major concussions, broken bones, including a cracked collarbone from three skinheads who didn’t like the fact a girl bore a patch on her back. She withstood having her bike knocked over and barstools kicked out from beneath her. The lifestyle also played havoc on her mental state. She often suffered through sleepless nights wondering if “it was worth it all“ and memory lapses from ingesting too many substances networking at biker parties.

Sober now since 1993, Grumbles looks back on all those sacrifices and they seem so small to her now, thirty years later, as she relishes in the sea of members riding down the highway, the Sisters of Scota Women’s Motorcycle Club (SOSWMC) - her momentous contribution to the world of motorcycling. “I sacrifice my heart to this Club everyday. Everything I do is for our Club. I have no personal life. I will continue to sacrifice myself with the belief that SOSWMC will continue to grow and thrive long past the day they spread my ashes to the winds“ she says.

The Club

“SOSWMC is the real deal! There is nothing neither phony nor fake about myself or this Club. Living the life of an outlaw biker is not a game. This world is not for ‘weekend warriors,‘ posers who purchase fake three-piece patches on-line. You cannot buy your way into this life” Grumbles exclaims. She refers to the Heart-N-Wings emblem, the Sisters of Scota three-piece fuchsia and silver patch, which symbolizes her Sisterhood, her Family, and her Love.

She founded SOSWMC in 1979 under the name of Leather and Lace WMC, after three years of going through the proper channels and challenges, her efforts were rewarded in 1981. It was the year Hell’s Angel founder, Sonny Barger, was released from prison. With the mood upbeat in that community, Grumbles was granted her final approval to have SOSWMC officially roam as a club. It was the beginning of a new era.

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To clarify, the Club is not a part of the 1%ers, even though it was necessary to get approval from them. This club was formed only in the outlaw sense of the tradition: a family of black sheep, kinship you don’t quit, and sisters that stick by your side no matter what. Historically, to be an outlaw meant you didn’t submit to society's rules or standards. You were an irritant to the citizens, the "straight and narrows" as they referred to them. It was no big deal if you drank and rode. It was not out of the ordinary to get into “scraps” with persons who disrespected club members. Racing from bar to bar, playing cat and mouse with the cops was just good fun! It was a different era back then. A secret society with its own set of unwritten rules. You had to seek out a mentor that was willing to teach you in the outlaw etiquette to be one of them. All of it today, glorified to a fault in books, TV, and the Internet. But the edginess of the times is not lost on the Sisters of Scota, where they lived and learned from it to honor a better sisterhood. And sure, they still enjoy cutting up a bit…it’s just in their genes, but for the most part, these women are dedicated to the betterment of each other and their community.  

To be included in the SOSWMC isn’t easy. To obtain a three-piece Heart-N-Wings patch, a woman is invited to prospect for the club after she has ridden with SOSWMC during what is called the hang-around period. She must own and ride her own bike, be licensed and insured as mandated by her individual state laws, submit to a background check, abide by the constitution of SOSWMC, and be willing to defend the honor of SOSWMC. It takes a minimum of a year before receiving the full three piece patch. During the prospect stage, riders learn and train in the traditional outlaw biker ways. That includes proper introductions, respect and protocol, club structure, volunteerism and most of all riding, riding, riding! It equates to boot camp or martial arts training. A patch wearing member must also have the strength and the wisdom to continue living up to the honor. If any transgressions occur once a women has "patched out," she maybe "center punched" (loss of center patch) until the situation is resolved. If not, or the transgression is severe enough, the patch is retrieved and membership is revoked. The patch is sacred and cannot be bought or sold. It is earned and never retires, signifying a lifetime commitment to the Sisterhood.

The Legacy

The Sisters of Scota WMC is the oldest outlaw women’s motorcycle club to date, which recently celebrated its 30-year legacy. One which is based on all of Dayna Davidson‘s hopes, fears, dreams and sacrifices. Grumbles has been fortunate to have her partner and soul-mate, Gramps, along for the ride over the last 15 years. Gramps, aka Tyler Sands, has transformed the club into something beyond an outlaw group, coming full circle past the many hard knocks and bad reputations earned from the early days.

During this time, it was Gramps’ determination and constant networking as National Liaison of the  of SOSWMCgroup, who opened up the door to help the Club grow into different states and countries. She attends the Confederation of Clubs (COC) meetings in the chapter of each state to ensure that the organization is working toward gaining new members and to ensure those women of SOSWMC are accepted. She stands alone before COC boards of 6-12 men who represent 1%ers and other patched Clubs to advocate for their acceptance. Gramps has advocated their nationwide recognition in the biker world. And she fine-tuned the structure and development of a network system of numerous chapters to be all in synch. To signify this change and reflect what they truly represent today, the club name was officially changed in 2000 from Leather and Lace to what we know them by now, the Sisters of Scota WMC. The change was to break free from the past, yet never to forget their roots.

The essence of the SOSWMC is revealed in the club motto "DEAL WITH IT" meaning to remember, there is room on the road for all of us.   We can feel their passion in this statement: “We love what we were and how we have grown to who we are today. People from all over have their own opinions of our Sisterhood, but until they get to know us, understand who we are and what we represent, DON'T judge us with your negative interpretation of how life should be. We are here to stay and all for the promise of THE GOOD.”

SOSWMC SisterhoodAlong with riding and living their motto, the club also commits a combined education, talent and energy to many causes funded through their "Seeking A Cure" 501(c)3 organization incorporated in 1986. Their efforts haven’t gone unnoticed; in 2007 the Club was awarded the Women in Motorcycling Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in portraying a positive image of women and street bikes at the Annual Motorcycle Expo. Also, in 2003, they joined the Women’s Motorcyclist Foundation staff and have raised over half a million dollars for breast cancer research by riding over 2,000 miles during the Pony Express Tours - A remarkable contribution.  

Grumbles is both reminded and rewarded every time she is with her family of Sisters screaming down the road in a tight pack of fuchsia and silver happily blazing by the “straight & narrows.” All the outrageous moments and sublime experiences of yesterday and today bringing her to this point, as a beloved leader, creator and mentor, and a proud founder of a beautiful club, envisioned so long ago. That is her legacy…a community to call her own. The Sisters of Scota WMC, now and forever. 

Meaning of the Name and Colors 

The spirit of Scota EmergesScota honors Grumble‘s Scottish heritage, it is from an ancient, Celtic, warrior goddess derived from the name "Scathatch." She was a goddess of retribution, taught special techniques of self defense, healing ones self and others with herbs, spiritual growth and positive change in self to be a stronger, influential and better person. Scota showed the men how to make their own weapons of protection, food for survival and so on.  

Fuchsia represents the bright color of the hardy Ice Plant with purplish-pink daisy-like flowers that magnify the beauty around it and symbolizes ones spiritual connection.  

Silver signifies female energy, the strength and endurance of the moon with ability for change and reflection.  

"The truth is we ride. What we ride is sacred. The love of riding our bikes, on the open road, takes us on a positive and spiritual journey.” ~SOSWMC

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Congratulations, Sisters of Scota WMC, for your 30 years of contributions to the women’s motorcycle movement. We truly cherish you and will never forget. 

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