Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Turtle Club?

The Turtle Club is a drinking fraternity created during WWII by pilots in the Air Corps serving in England. Captain Hugh P. McGowan is credited with the formation. There are multiple “Ponds” around the world formed under the heading of Ancient and Honorable Order of Turtles or International Association of Turtles. Turtles are bright eyed, bushy tailed, fearless and unafraid folk with a fighter pilot attitude. They think clean, have fun a lot, and recognize the fact that you never get anyplace in life worthwhile unless you stick your neck out.

What does it mean if someone asks if you’re a Turtle?

Are you a Turtle (RUAT) is a challenge question for members of the Ancient and Honorable Order of Turtles or International Association of Turtles. Members must provide the secret password or forfeit a beverage of choice.

I’ve lost my membership card. How do I get a new one?

We sell a few varieties of cards in stacks of 20 or more, so you can Procure New Members. In stock are small green International Association of Turtle cards with our Turtle Pint graphic, also the Ancient and Honorable Order of Turtles folded cards.
Want cards for your Pond? We offer custom cards and can design the cards to your liking.
Should you want to be sponsored by Dave and receive his card with your name hand written as a member, join as an Honorable Turtle and it will arrive with a Certificate of Membership in the mail. Click here to see card options.

I’ve recruited new members, how do I register them?

You can enter your new Turtles into the Turtle Directory with their email address so they can edit it in the future. For more information and instructions, click here.

How can I find Turtles near me?

After a few failed attempts, we finally are building an online directory of Turtles. View the map on the Turtle Directory to find Turtles in your area. Check the Pond Directory to see if any local Ponds are recruiting members.

How do I start a Pond?

While there isn’t a “wrong” answer, because we are not overly strict and organized, there is a model to follow in our Reference Guide with officer positions and structure. The most important ingredient is to have fun and make friends.