Rotary Club of Halifax



Club News Letter November 7, 2913 [Pre-Remembrance Day Ceremony]



Theme for Rotary year - “Engage Rotary Change Lives”

Report on the meeting of 7 November 2013 Submitted by "Cub Reporter" Terry Pond:                                                [Note that a modified meeting schedule was followed to premit the Pre-Remembrance Day Ceremony]

The next meeting of the Rotary Club of Halifax will be Thursday, November 14 at 7:30 am at the Westin Hotel.  The speaker will be Mayor Mike Savage, Mayor of HRM.

Venue: Royal Artillery Park, 1575 Queen Street, Halifax, NS

Chair: President Bob Power

Sargent-At-Arms: Roy Hayward

Desk: Heather MacDonald and Jong Kim

Attendance: 17 members and guest speaker

Grace: Heather MacDonald

Health of the Club: Rotarian Harry Churchill is in Hospital and will there for several weeks.

Visiting Rotarians and Guests - Special Guest CWO (Ret'd) Leo McTaggart and Frances Pond (Rotarian Terry Pond's wife)

Club Announcements:  

 President Bob reported that 110 Vacation Draw tickets have been sold and turned in to Cemal.  He also stated that a new Paul Harris Book was available and that the Paul Harris Home had been sold.  The new owners are seeking to raise eight million dollars to keep the property and buildings in the best condition. Donations of $250 or more will receive a US Tax Receipt.  He also reminded the meeting that November is Foundation Month.                                  Heather MacDonald reported that the Dal ROTORACT Club is having a Bowling and Pizza Night on 8 November.  

Happy Moments: Jim Axell, Oscar Wong, Robert Read, and Bob Power

Weekly Draw: Valued at $280.  Roy Hayward had winning #729 but sadly drew King of Diamonds.  Ahhhh!

Pre-Remembrance Day Ceremony, the Rotary Club of Halifax was honoured to recognize a Special Guest, CWO (ret'd) Leo Mc Taggart, a Korean War Naval Veteran at our Club's Sunrise Breakfast Meeting on November 7, 2013.

Guest Speaker:  CWO (Ret'd) Leo Mc Taggart was introduced by Terry Pond and handed out a brief write up on the Korean War and the Year of the Korean War Veteran (2013). 


Leo McTaggart joined the Canadian Navy at 18 years old in Montreal transferring to Halifax where he served on HMCS Provider and HMCS Owen Sound (Corvette).  He spent his war years on convoy duty between Newfoundland and Londonderry, Ireland.  This was affectionately known as "The Newfie Derry Run".  On these Runs, he helped the war effort move supplies and pick up survivors.

He left the Navy after the war but reenlisted in 1950 going to Korea on HMCS Huron.  After that he was assigned to HMCS Marquette and the aircraft carrier HMCS Bonaventure.  He was posted to the Royal Navy and served on a Mine Sweeper. He has been a Coxon on several ships including HMCS Protector.

Leo retired in 1974 with in the rank of CWO.  Today, he is an avid Legion supporter actively participating in social gathering and activities that include bowling and darts.  He is a frequent participant in the Legion's TGIF's where he enjoys the company of those who usually sit at the Liar's Table. But that is another story ... He was honoured by Royal Canadian Legion, Centennial Branch 160 in April 2009 as Veteran of the Month.

Image  Rotarian Terry then provided a background on the Korean War (1950 – 1953).  He stated that The Royal Canadian Legion, Centennial Branch 160 joins Veterans Affairs in recognizing the Korean War Veteran in this the YEAR OF THE KOREAN WAR VETERAN (2013). 

The focus was on the Naval effort as tribute to our Special Guest. Two Monuments that Honour The Fallen during the Korean War. 

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  The Korean War Monument                         The Canadian Fallen War Monument



218 HMCS CAYUGA LEAVES ESQUIMALT. Canada provided troops to the Korean War, the first that the United Nations participated in.  The war lasted three long years at a cost of 516 Canadian casualties.  The Navy was the first troops provided to the war effort.  Only 11 days after the outbreak of hostilities on July 5, 1950 , under the command of Captain J.V. Brock, HMCS Ships Cayuga, Athabaskan and Sioux sailed to battle from Esquimalt, BC.

On July 30, local time, the three Canadian destroyers entered Sasebo Harbour, Japan, ready to join in the battle for the Pusan bridgehead in Korea. Before the end of the war in 1953, five other Canadian ships would also serve with the Canadian Destroyer Division, Far East, in the Korean campaign– HMCS Nootka, Iroquois, Huron, Haida and HMS Crusader.  


By remembering Veterans' service and sacrifice, we recognize the tradition of fr

eedom they fought to preserve. Veterans of the Korean War are everyday Canadians who became heroe

s by standing up for what we as a nation believe in: peace, freedom, and justice.  Thes

e efforts will focus attention on a war that for too long has been referred to as the “Forgotten War.” Those who served in Korea did so with courage and distinction, strengthening Canada’s military legacy .




Rotarian Terry Pond, CWO (Ret'd) Leo McTaggart &

Club President Bob Power pose for picture at end of Club Meeting.