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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
My boss, Chef Jesse Lythrop inducted me yesterday, over and during the creation of a huge chicken pot pie!!
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!