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 fellow brother in the Masonic fraternity made me a member back in 2000. Since then I have made many members of my Freemason fraternity turtles.
I have been a member of several different Turtle organizations, but they fell apart. However, I would greatly appreciate becoming a member of your club.
I first heard of the Ancient and Honorable Order of Turtles when doing a research project for my high school astronomy class on Wally Schirra. Naturally, the fact that he was a member made its way into my presentation and the entire class had a laugh over it. Afterward, it turned out that my friend’s grandmother was also a card-holding member. I forgot about it for a few years until I was in college one evening and suddenly remembered. I went online and took the test myself and the rest is history.
I was web surfing and came across the website after doing some research. Answer the questions (in which gave me a few marks from all the head scratching) and now I am a turtle ready to build or add unto a pond.
Hello, as a MM I was looking for a pin and suddenly I saw a turtle pin with a square and compass and star to investigate about , and applied online because I don’t know bars near me, I hope someday I can share a drink with some brothers.
Many hundreds of moons ago I was initiated into the
Turtle Organization. Later on, I was deemed one who could initiate others into the Turtles. That person I have lost contact with. What I need are more Turtle Membership cards, so I can continue to do so.< Stephen April 11, 2019
I belong to the Society for Creative Anachronism. A group that re creates the middle ages. My personal coat of arms is that of a turtle. Some friends visiting from Arizona came by my encampment and asked if I was a turtle. I said I liked to think I was. Well I was asked the required questions and proclaimed a turtle! A little back story came with the induction. Though I have wondered over the years if I am a ligit turtle as I am a teeetotaler.
April 9, 2004
I first learned of the Turtles from my father, who interestingly enough (after reading the genesis of the club) was in the Air Force. He taught aerial gunnery in a B26 in Arizona during the Korean War. Anyway, he was quite familiar with the Turtles and answered the question proudly whenever he was asked if he was a Turtle. I also remember hearing fellow high school swim team members challenging one another with the question, but thought that was more for “coolness” effect than anything else. My dad’s “turtleness” was genuine – and truly cool.
Jan 27, 2008
My good friend introduced me to the Ancient and Honorable Turtle Club in the Summer of 2018 while I was stationed in the Country of Bahrain. I was intrigued by what I heard and now here I am. Carlton 6/4/1019
My grandfather, Doug Bell, was inducted to the International Asociation of Turles on June 6, 1956. I found his membership card after he passed away in 1986. I have always carried it with me, and considered my self an unofficial member.. My best friend came upon my card several years ago and she also became an unofficial member with me!. We spontaneously ask the question and respond with the password/phrase and then giggle! I had no idea there was still an “official club” until I started looking online because I wanted to make her a membership card. Now I have officially joined! (Although I have been an unofficial member for 33 years!) I have immediately sent her the link to join as well! I am so happy! Kimberly 7/6/1986