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Turtle Club Origin Story

I’ve been hearing about this at several masonic lodges that I attend. Did a quick Google search and here I am..
Walter
12/01/2020

Turtle Club Origin Story

It was January 9, 2020 when a close motorcycle enthusiast asked me if I wished to learn to give answers unlike a Salty Sailor to which I said I would.
John
01/09/2020

Turtle Club Origin Story

After learning about the Turtle Club I vacationed with my daughter Debra in Alaska. We hosteled in a small city called North Pole, 18 lies north of Fairbanks. One evening we ventured out foreigner at a place called The Turtle Restaurant, Fox, Alaska.
We dined, some drinks then ventured to the bar staffed by a female bartender who asked if I were a Turtle. I replied no, ordered my third drink of the evening while she asked me four questions. With a bit of help I got through and received my Turtle membership card dated June 7, 2017. I value that little green card over my Navy military ID card listing me as a Master Chief, USN. Am a Korean War Navy radioman. Send me an email at : frank.barb@comcast.net if you wish.
Frank Broz
07/06/2017

Turtle Club Origin Story

A friend told me I should be a Turtle because I find the least possible vulgar way to answer a question when vulgarity is expected. I would have it no other way.
John
04/05/2014

Turtle Club Origin Story

It was December 1972, Rantoul, Ill. I had been stationed at Chanute AFB and was about to get married when my future father-in-law initiated me. It was Dec 24.
Dale
24/12/1972

Turtle Club Origin Story

I was made a Turtle in June of 2009 while attending the annual communication of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons of Georgia. I was “initiated” by James Weldon Johnson of the National Turtle Club, Inc…who held the Title of Imperial TurtleMaker. My wife and I joined together and it was definitely an experience we cherish as there is nothing else in the world like a Turtle.
Antonio Alston
26/06/2009

Turtle Club Origin Story

Many, many years ago I realized I loved everything and anything turtle. My Mom would buy me turtle trinkets, turtle earrings, etc. One year she surprised me by enrolling me in the Turtle Club. At the time, the motto was “You can’t be a turtle if you don’t stick your neck out”. She was always chastising me for doing just that so I was a perfect fit. Time passed and as often happens, the Turtle Club got filed away in that overloaded file cabinet in my brain, pushed to the back, and forgotten. I was probably 30 then and now I’m 77. Last week lost in thought and idle time, I found that file drawer in my brain and remembered the Turtle Club. I re-enrolled myself and here I am. Thank you. I am proud and humble that you would allow me to be a part of this great tradition.
Jeri
12/03/2019

Turtle Club Origin Story

It might have been in the 1970’s i don’t really remember. I also don’t remember how I learned about the turtles but the attraction was immediate so I joined. I just recently retired and moved to Tucson AZ. Going through a box of papers I found my old frayed membership card and immediately looked for you online. Imagine my delight to find the club still exists. I very much want a new card and I will resume recruiting immediately.
Peggy
08/12/2019

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