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.
|First Name:||Dan Dameron|
|Story:||As a young man working in the Antarctic, I would go to the OFFICER’s Club at McMurdo Station every night for movies (Mostly TV Shows via reel to reel projectors like movies). Beers were required and hanging around after the movie was almost mandatory. A traveling Consultant from Calfornia was in town to do some work for the National Science Foundation. He found the bar that night and my friend and I chatted him up because we were from CA also. After a couple of beers and pleasant conversation, this visitor pulled out his wallet and initiated us into the Turtles. I still have that card in my prized possessions collection and was delighted to find the TURTLES online.|
|Pick a date for your procurement. Don’t worry that you don’t remember an exact date, just pick what feels right. We will call this your Turtle birthday!:||16/12/1971|
|Story||I was surfing the net looking for other Masonic groups being I’m a freemason as well. Came across something called ANCIENT AND HONORABLE ORDER OF TURTLES, I thought it was crazy when I first seen it, so I looked into it more found out it’s history, and from there, Became A Turtle. Started my own POND, and trying to procure more turtles. I’m still very young in the ORDER but very proud to be apart of it. Also I am an AIR GUARD VET. BLOOP! BLOOP!|
|Story||My father.Chief Petty Edward Phillip DiGirolamo. Retired Navy WII. Was an Aviation Metal Smith .I lost
his turtle pin and card..I have been a turtle for ever
|First Name||Robert (Bob)|
|Story||In 1966 I moved from San Francisco to China Lake. I worked there for a year before going to CSULB to finish college. I worked for a government contractor and was assigned to the Weapon System Analysis Group at Michelson Lab. One of the members of the Group was a Turtle and procured me. Today while going through an old wallet I found my original members card dated 1/17/67 (I am now 80). The logo is different and the card shows ‘Interstellar Association of TURTLES
Outershell Division.’ It was signed by James E. Colvard as Member, with signatures Walter Schimal (?) High Potentate, Gerry Morton Low Potentate.
|Story||I was introduce to the “Turtle Life” in 2007 by one of my older cousins who served in the Navy during the 90s. One day he asked if i was interested in being a turtle and i replied “Hell why not” so that night we went out to a bar he often patronized..So after about 15 mins of casual conversation he says loudly “I wish there were some turtles in the house” i take one look back and its 22 men and women standing behind me in a circle. Soooo with me not knowing any answers to the questions it was an interesting night but at the end of the night I was saying proudly “BLOOP BLOOP”|
|First Name||Bill Cross|
|Story||How did I become a turtle?
Well, I was born as a member of the turtle clan of the Delaware nation, but there is more:
Mom was Rosie the Riveter. She worked on B-17s. I grew up loving airplanes.
I joined USAF in 1972. I served in England on old bomber bases (8th Air Force).
As for being an “official” turtle, I took the quiz, answered four for four, and accepted an invitation to join.
|Story||I was first initiated into the Turtles in the early 80s while serving in the Navy. Following my discharge from active duty, I went through a rough time where I lost everything. Even after all these years I remember the correct response to the question: At you a turtle? You bet your sweet ass I am.|
|Story||Was introduced to the Turtles at a bar in Vietnam in 1970. Unfortunately, Do to the fog of to many drinks I do not remember who exactly introduced me to the Turtles. I still have my original membership card in a box somewhere in the attic.|
|Story||As a child in the 1970’s, I loved turtles. My grandfather, a USAF veteran, heard of the Turtle Club and signed me up. I received my green turtle card complete with the jokes.
A couple months ago, I was at the local pub and I heard a couple telling some jokes. I immediately remembered the jokes from the Turtle Club. I asked them, “are you Turtles?” And they said at the same time “You bet your sweet ass we are!”
I no longer had my green Turtle card. But I found you guys online and I’m back!
|First Name||GARY ‘DOCSMOKEY’ NADEN|
|Story||While living in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1973 (2 years after I returned from Vietnam), I hung out at a bar called “MR’S “B’s”. When you joined her Turtle Club, you paid $5.00 a month and all that $$ of Turtle’s went into a pot and every 3 months she had a Pig Roast Turtle Party out back of the bar!! Thats when I became a TURTLE!! JUNE 1973!!|