Turtledom was started in World War II by American fighter pilots (non- Masonic) as a stress reliever from the stresses of war. Then in the 70's & 80's various Masonic groups continued the Turtle tradition creating turtles at Grand Sessions (annual conventions) and Potentate Balls known as "Turtle hatchings."

In 2009 Bro. Samuel Thornton became a turtle, officially establishing on July 23, 2009 the Worldwide Fraternity Of Turtles (WFOT). By way of the Internet he initiated other Masons, Eastern Stars and many others of Good Character. Candidates were HATCHED OVER THE PHONE followed by they themselves initiating their own local chapter in their area for routine/monthly fun and fellowship.

The WFOT was the first Turtle organization to establish chapters or a system of chapters. Many Turtle Clubs have emulated and incorporated the chapter system into their structure. WFOT is the LARGEST (over 100 cities/over 100 chapters) and the most worldwide known turtle fraternity. We are a social club meeting once a month at a bar or restaurant for networking and to make friends. We also perform community service and/or charitable work.

Since our opening in 2009, we have helped 1,900 families and donated $20,000 worth of food, clothing and toys. Becoming a turtle consists of you listening to the history of Turtledom, turtle creed and solving riddles. 

Brother Samuel Thornton was born and raised in Norfolk, VA. He served in the Air Force for 20 years. During his military stent, he had the pleasure of becoming a Prince Hall Mason in 2005. He was raised to a Master Mason in 2005 while in San Antonio, TX. Then in Serving 1-year deployment in 2007 he opened & co-founded Qatar Military Lodge #210 and served as the chartered Jr Warden. With the assistance and dedication of MANY great shellmates the legacy of the turtles continues. From his Masonic roots Brother Thornton was inspired to incorporate brotherhood into the foundation of the Worldwide Fraternity of Turtles….

                                            Past GIT 2014 Brother Ronald Weir

    Brother Ronald Weir was born and raised in Atlanta, GA.  In 2009, he had the pleasure of becoming a Prince Hall Mason.  Becoming a Mason taught him the importance of networking and giving back.  In September of 2009, Bro Weir was hatched as a Turtle and one year later he started his own chapter of Turtles, P.O.W (People of Wisdom).  From there, his chapter joined the Worldwide Fraternity of Turtles, which could not be possible without the assistance and dedication of MANY good shell-mates from various Masonic/Eastern Star Organizations/Jurisdictions.  In the course of learning how to become a turtle, Bro Weir has held many titles, but  the most important title for him is Chapter President.  Brother Weir didn't stop at just  one Chapter, he had a vision of another chapter. From that vision P.O.W II was born in November 2013 which has added to this great organization of giving back and networking, Through the addition of P.O.W II, Bro. Weir learned the importance and how to build a positive atmosphere and fellowship.  Brother Weir enjoyed the brotherhood of the  Masonic Order to he wanted to share this good thing with the Atlanta area.  Therefore, this is how Georgia got its inspiration and beginning.  The story continues in all of you.