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Nominations sought for annual Winter Carnival royalty

2012 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival King Tim Fortune and Queen Kelly Morgan ride atop the royalty float during the Gala Parade.

2012 Saranac Lake Winter Carnival King Tim Fortune and Queen Kelly Morgan ride atop the royalty float during the Gala Parade.

— The Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee is currently seeking nominations from the public for the 2013 Winter Carnival king and queen.

Once the nominations have been collected, all past kings and queens are invited to an assembly which will select the new king and queen from the nominations. This meeting is on Friday, Jan. 18 at a secret location.

“This is no small task since the assembly might review as many as 20 nominations for each position,” said Barb Martin, royalty chair for the Carnival Committee.

The nominating materials are presented to the assembly exactly as they are received from the community. There is no pre-screening or editing that could influence the outcome. The assembled kings and queens are given a period of time to review the materials and then are called upon to vote. Final selection is by secret ballot.

“We know there are numerous people who are worthy of this honor,” Martin said. “Our regret is that we can honor only one couple each year.”

The king and queen selection is based upon volunteerism within the community. The assembly is looking for a long-term and broad-based commitment to making life more livable, pleasant, and enjoyable – both for the folks who live here and for those who visit. The volunteer activities can be organized or completely self-motivated. They can be as diverse as organizing a major community event or as seemingly minor as shoveling a neighbor’s sidewalk.

“We may end up with someone who is highly visible within the community, and we may end up with someone fairly anonymous who is very devoted to caring for others but stays out of the spotlight,” Martin said. “The only thing we wish to avoid is rewarding someone as a ‘volunteer’ when they are actually doing their job. There are lots people whose profession is to help others. We are seeking the people who help others even though it is not their job.”

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