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The Ancient & Honorable Order of Turtles!

This site page and book is dedicated to all those Turtles out there, of any brand, who have promised to further the cause of Turtlism and to willingly stick their neck out for a friend in need.

 

Are You a Turtle?  Many members of America's great fraternal organizations, such as the Shriners, Masons, Elks, VFW and American Legionnaires, are familiar with that age-old query, "Are you a Turtle?"  Sometimes, one sees a green-shelled turtle lapel pin or tie tack, or even an auto decal with a grinning turtle asking the same question.  But what or who are the Turtles, you ask? 

 

Quite simply, the Turtles are a drinking fraternity that exists in the United States of America as a fun-and-honor group usually within the local lodge or post, sort of a side degree.  It traces its honorable origins back to the Second World War, on January 12, 1943 in an English pub, when a group of fighter pilots formed a semisecret drinking fraternity among its squadron's members, and put prospective candidates for membership through a mock initiation.  

 

History of the Order

 
The late Captain Hugh P. McGowan, U.S. Army Air Corps/U.S. Air Force Reserve (Ret.), he and several pilots of the U.S. Army Air Corps 8th Air Force founded the Ancient and Honorable Order of Turtles in an officers' club while stationed in England during the Second World War:  "We were flying daytime bombing missions over Hitler's Third Reich. We just wanted a little fun. We had seen a sign showing that the 'Ancient Order of Foresters' and the 'Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffalos' would meet in the local pub, so I devised the name 'Ancient and Honorable Order of Turtles' for the fun of it.  It was not meant to be serious; it had no constitution or by-laws, and was a relief from the horrors and dangers we saw every day on our missions.  It spread after the War through the VFW and American Legion posts, and eventually, to colleges and even to the high schools of the U.S.A."  
 
The original initiation was quite simple.  It consisted of the candidate being asked four questions.  As all members are of clean mind to become an official Turtle the person must solve the riddles with clean-minded correct answers, called the Sublime Test of the Four Questions. 
 
The Order was not meant to be serious, as it had no constitution or by-laws, no formal applications for membership, no dues or fees, and a simple initiation ritual.  Over the decades since the second world war, the Order has developed many branches under various names, and the ritual of gaining membership expanded.
 

Degrees of the Order

 
There are seven (7) ancient Turtle degrees.  They are:
 
  • Candidate – a person invited to become a Turtle;
  • Turtle (Noble Shellback) – a Brother or Sister member duly initiated into the Order;
  • Snapping Turtle – A Brother or Sister Turtle who has personally initiated 25 new Turtles;
  • Grand Snapping Turtle – A Brother or Sister Turtle who has initiated 50 or more Turtles;
  • Imperial Turtle – A Brother or Sister Turtle who has initiated 100 or more Turtles;
  • Past Imperial Turtle – A Brother or Sister who has initiated at least 150 new Turtles into the Order; 
  • Master Imperial Turtle – A Brother or Sister who has initiated at least 500 new Turtles into the Order.
 
To progress through the different degrees, all that is required is that you personally initiate new Turtles into the Order and grow our ranks.  This can be informally or formally, as there are no official “rules” for initiation.  Heck, there really are no rules for anything in the Order, other than you MUST bring in new members and have fun!
 
Test online to become a Noble Shellback of the Ancient and Honorable Order of the Turtles TODAY!   Well, what are you waiting on?  The Online Test is in the other column!  Then, BOOKMARK THIS PAGE & TELL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT IT.
 

Become a Turtle TODAY Online!

Interested in becoming a Turtle?

We can help you with that! Just email us your First and Last Name, Location, and "the correct answer" to the four questions below. We will grade your test and send you a reply email shortly. That's all there is to it!

Then you can join a Pond near you or start your own. We do, however, suggest that you obtain one of our Turtle Club Handbooks to get you started off on the right lily pad, but that is, of course, left to your option.

Take the Online Sublime Test of the Four Questions:

1.  What is it a man can do standing up, a woman sitting down, and a dog on three legs?
2.  What is it that a cow has four of and woman has only two of?
3.  What is a four letter word ending in ‘k’ that means the same as intercourse?
4.  What does a dog do that a man steps in?
 
 
Send your info and answers to:     jfhatcher3 AT gmail DOT com
 
 

Join Our Pond!

If you are already a Turtle, you can join the Masonic Press Pond by emailing us your NAME, LOCATION and DEGREE/DATE (Be Honest)!  If you are a new Noble Shellback through this site, you will be added to the pond population.
 

Get Your Copy of the Turtle Club Handbook

This book is dedicated to all those Turtles out there, of any brand, who have promised to further the cause of Turtlism and to willingly stick their neck out for a friend in need.
 
A Must-Have Handbook for all Turtles, from the Newly-Initiated to the Master Imperial Turtle. This handbook provides guidance for the New Turtle with Turtle Basics, Starting your own Pond, The Degrees of the Order, Your Pond Affiliations, a section for each degree to record your progress from Snapper to Master Imperial Turtle...and more!
 
If you are a Shellback, or just simply desire to become one, this is the handbook for you!  
 

   BUY THIS BOOK

 
     Get Your Copy TODAY and start making  
     Shellbacks in your own Pond!
 
     THIS HANDBOOK IS NOT FOR JUVENILES.  IT
     CONTAINS ADULT CONTENT. YOU SHOULD
     BE OF LEGAL AGE TO PURCHASE A COPY.
 
 
  

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