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?

Pick a date for your initiation and share the pond name you belong to if you have one.

Drag the field out and type 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.

Turtle Club Origin Story

The University of Maryland, College Park marching band, the Mighty Sound of Maryland, has always had a tradition of turtle-ing people. Nobody ever knew where it came from, it just made sense because the school mascot is a terrapin. So 4 years of band pass and a couple of years after graduation I saw a tweet from a friend claiming that Kurt Vonnegut used to turtle people. Being my favorite author, I did some research on this claim and stumbled across this whole society. I didn’t believe it! Turtle-ing goes back over half a century. So I saw a place to join and thought “What’s the worst that could happen?”
Ivan Reimers
06/04/2020

Turtle Club Origin Story

It was in 1990 or 1991 at my first station in Germany when my husband and I met Harvey. He was married to a coworker of mine, and the four of us hit it off and would often socialize. On one occasion, he challenged us to answer the four questions, and I surprised him by answering them all appropriately. He then initiated us into the International Association of Turtles Imperial Jewel Chapter. I still have my membership card.
Judy
01/01/1991

Turtle Club Origin Story

I visited a charity event at my local area here in Germany, There was a lot of turtles around me … so it comes how it comes – I start to be a turtle … this was an experience of a lot of Whiskey to give the right answers,
We have all a lot of fun and a lot of drinks.
Harald
29/02/2020

Turtle Club Origin Story

I was a sophomore at the University of Illinois in the fall of 1971. I went to school early at the end of the summer to become an “Illini Guide” – an upperclassman who would assist the incoming freshman with the how’s, why’s, where’s, and who’s regarding college life. I met several other Illini Guides,, of which 4 of them INTRODUCED me to The TURTLE CLUB! Of course this was during a study-drinking event, but ever since then I have known the answer: YBYSAIA!
Mark
09/03/1971

Turtle Club Origin Story

I was having a band party at my place in college, and a few of my fraternity brothers came along. An older brother and I had been drinking and talking for a bit when he mentioned the club to me. He took me aside and made me into a Turtle alongside two of my roommates. One of my favorite memories from college!
Billy
09/06/2018

Turtle Club Origin Story

I remember being told you have four riddles to solve and every time you get it wrong you have to take a shot. I got sooooo drunk that night. But eventually I got the riddles right and became a Turtle.
Savoz
27/04/2019

Turtle Club Origin Story

I became a Turtle after an initiation by Bill Peters in 1975. Bill was a former next door neighbor and an FBI agent. He asked me one evening while we were at dinner if I was a Turtle. Of course I had no idea what he was talking about. He proceeded to ask me the initiation questions, related the story of the necessary response, and provided me my membership card.
Gene
08/02/1975

Turtle Club Origin Story

Both my grandparents were members of the turtle club my grandma had spoken to me about becoming a member of it back in the 90’s ,I would be honored to become a member on behalf of my grand parents I want to say it was back in 89- to early 90’s that they had jokes with other members during the evening and they would sit around laughing with there drinks joking around for hours
Krystal
28/02/2010

Turtle Club Origin Story

Attending a business seminar at a local motel conference room the group was waiting for the main speaker. During the wait one of the attendees stood up, took the microphone and gave the group (including me) the four required riddles. After submitting our mailing address we were new members of Turtles Organization. Within three weeks I received my coveted membership card. This was in the year of 1973. Hopefully I have been a loyal Turtle ever since.
Robert Buetow
03/08/1973

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