Posted by Jim Taylor on Mar 13, 2021
The world’s longest wedding veil made a (virtual) appearance at the regular Thursday morning meeting of the Rotary Club of Lake Country, March 11, 2021.
 
Rotary Clubs generally appoint a sheriff, whose job is to fine members for speaking unkindly to a fellow member, for failing to address the president with suitable respect, or for wearing mismatched socks. Since none of those things ever happen in the Lake Country club, the sheriff is forced to raise money by fining members who cannot answer trivia questions correctly.
 
In this instance, sheriff Patti Garrett asked, “How long is the world’s longest wedding veil?”
 
No, it wasn’t Meghan Markle’s veil. Or even Princess Diana’s.
The veil belongs to Maria Paraskeva, a bride from Cyprus, who achieved her lifelong dream by creating the world's Longest wedding veil in preparation for her wedding on 14 August 2018. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the seemingly never-ending lace veil measured 6,962.6 m (22,843 ft 2.11 in), which roughly translates into 4.3 miles, or 76 football fields.
 
Because the guest speaker didn’t show, that was probably the most exciting thing that happened at that club meeting. The treasurer reported that the finances are in order, the secretary reported that the correspondence is in order, and the membership, international service, fund raising, and community service are all in order.
 
In the absence of the featured speaker, long-time member Rich Gibbons filled in with stories of his youth in the Okanagan Valley, his career as an investment counselor, his secondary career as a race car driver, his travels through Europe in a flat-four air-cooled Volkswagen van, and the depth of snow in Terrace, in northern BC. For further details, contact Rich at gibbor@shaw.ca. Or bring Scotch.