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Turtle Club Origin Story

While enjoying BBQ, basketball and beer my friend of 20 years challenged me to a long round of shots. As the juices flowed through my veins, my vision blurred and my sense of judgement waned. It was in that moment that he asked if I wanted to be a turtle.
Tyisha
07/04/2016

Turtle Club Origin Story

A good friend referred someone to me and they followed the Order. Curious, I explored what I could find out and realized a commonality. Cheers!
Scott Chopin
03/10/2019

Turtle Club Origin Story

I have been a Turtle since 1972 & honestly do not remember how I became one. But here is a funny story. In Philadelphia my friend & I were out for her birthday & couldn’t find a seat in a restaurant so we went to a small bar for a drink. This man came out of a door to order drinks & started talking to us. He invited us into his dinner which consisted of over 200 men fr the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper. She was on one end & I was on the other. The big mahoff went to the microphone & started talking. All of a sudden he said “is anyone here a turtle?”. WELL. I stood up & I was the only one – & said loud & clear – you bet your sweet ass I am. Well the man’s jaw dropped. He was so surprised. We had a GREAT time.
Nedra
01/06/1972

Turtle Club Origin Story

The date was March 29, 1967. Card was signed by Bob Ames “Imperial Turtle”. That was over 50 years ago. All I can remember was at the time I was working as an installer for Western Electric, and I was attending a technical class. One of the speakers, “Bob Ames” asked if anyone in the room was a Turtle. No one answered. He told his story and by the end of the lecture, we all left as Turtles. Two weeks ago I was visiting an old friend in North Carolina. We were having lunch with some of his friends and one of them asked me if I was a Turtle. I was surprised I still remembered it, but I gave the correct response. When I got home, I looked for my membership card and to my surprise I still had it.
Marty
27/03/1967

Turtle Club Origin Story

My father brought me in right before I received my 32nd degree in the Scottish Rite. Friendly and fun. Very neat to see how many others there are.
Adam
11/11/2012

Turtle Club Origin Story

I always was fascinated with how members were asked if they are a turtle, and their response given. As a Freemason I started doing my research. Answered the questions on official website and now I can’t wait to meet members in person to learn more and fellowship. The rest is history to make.
Eddie
18/09/2019

Turtle Club Origin Story

My dad first introduced me to the Ancient and Honorable Order of Turtles. It was the Day I left for basic training in the US Army. My dad, retired after 32 years in the US Army, where, for a time, he was a Huey Helicopter Pilot. My dad passed away in 2002. I was talking to my wife about my dad, and remembered the introduction my dad gave me to the Turtles. So I decided today I would make it official, in Honor of my dad, LTC Jan Allen Lichtig, may he rest in peace.
Bryce Lichtig
02/09/1993

Turtle Club Origin Story

My dad was in the. Army Air Corp in WWII and I remember having Turtle parties at our home, in the 60’s, Always a fun time even for the kids, so I joined a great bunch of people! Thank you!
Kim
09/09/2019

Turtle Club Origin Story

My Grandfather and I were relaxing and drinking at a cookout; some of his friends came over and I noticed one of their shirts. A few shots, a few stories, and a few questions answered and the rest is history! It is a honor to be apart of the pond and i will help to build and add to the pond!
Eman
08/05/2019

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