Who Procured You?
Over the years I have met some great people through the Turtle Club.
Most can recall what I like to call an “origin” story.
For me, it was hanging around with my dad and his friends during the mid 70’s.
He worked in the aviation industry and those characters loved to tell stories and jokes!
Do you recall who introduced you to the Ancient and Honorable Turtle Club?
Share your origin story with us, as long as you give us permission to share with the world:
Dave working up a thirst by playing ice hockey.
A couple of buddies and myself were sitting at the bar in my good friend’s Jeff’s rec. room. Jeff’s dad said since we were all of drinking age he wanted to initiate us into the turtle club. The initiation took place in 1972 and I was 22 at the time. After each question, we each had to do a shot to Tequila, with salt and lemon to make it official. Needless to say, we all passed, but none drove home! Since that time I have procured literally hundreds of turtles and we created our own turtle organization. With every member made, a donation was made to the charity out of Laramie WY. My first Imperial Turtle was Stanley A Kluzura (not sure I have is last name spelled correctly). My one son is proudly carrying on the tradition and we have had one official turtle reunion party to recognize many new younger turtles who carry on the tradition. I ordered a batch of cards and will continue procuring new turtles. Thanks for your work in helping to carry on this Ancient and Honorable work.
My grandmother, Dianne, was a member of the turtle club. She passed away last October, but we are just now having an estate sale at her house. One of the things we’ve been having people come and ask about are all of her turtles, and today my dad told someone she was a member of the Turtle Club! Naturally, I just had to look it up, and here I am.
On a Masonic FB Group, a brother posted the question, “Are You a Turtle”. After that, 100 comments followed a single acronym “YBYSAIA”. It intrigued me so I googled it and here I am, I can now proudly reply “You Bet Your Sweet Ass I AM”!!
I was watching George Gobel clips on YouTube when I came across one of a song he did called “Are You a Turtle?”. Curious about the title I looked it up and discovered the Order.
I can’t say George was my sponsor but I can say he was the person who introduced the Turtle Club to me!
It had to be while I was in high school during the 60’s in southern California that my older brothers introduced me to The Turtle Club and the infamous password.
Yesterday, at the Celebration of Life for my brother, the “turtle” topic arose from someone’s innocent question about our pet tortoises and found it’s way to several of us discovering that we were loyal Turtle Club members back in the day!
Today I looked on line and happily found your website.
I’ve been a Turtle since the late 60’s when my father introduced us to them. I had my original card for like 20 years before losing it. My brother started to push the club again a few years ago with this site and has gotten quite a few new followers.
My dad and my uncle were Marines during WWII. My dad was also a private pilot. They inducted me and my cousin Frank into the turtles club about 45 years ago. Frank was 22 and I was 10 years old. Earlier today My cousin Frank asked me if I was still a turtle… Much to his surprise, I answered correctly…