It's that time of year again - time for members of the Saranac Lake community to nominate candidates to be king and queen of the upcoming Winter Carnival in February.
The deadline is Jan. 17, 2013. Right after that, all past kings and queens are invited to get together and pick the 2013 Carnival monarchs from among the nominations. This is no easy task, since there may be as many as 20 nominations - all for people someone thought to be worthy of, arguably, the Saranac Lake community's greatest honor.
"The nominating materials are presented to the assembly exactly as they are received from the community," according to the Winter Carnival Committee. "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."
The honor is mainly based on volunteerism.
"The assembly is looking for a long-term and broad-based commitment to making life more livable, more pleasant and more 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. The only thing we wish to avoid is rewarding someone as a 'volunteer' when they are actually doing their job. There are many people whose profession is to help others. We are seeking the people who help others even though it is not their job."
A list of past queens and kings can be read on the Carnival's official website at www.saranaclakewintercarnival.com/royalty.
So, now for the important information - how to nominate someone:
-Each nomination must be on a paper hard copy; no email or other electonic means are allowed.
-Each nomination must be separate, so if you have a pair in mind for king and queen, you need to submit each nomination on its own.
-Each nomination must include the candidate's volunteer services history.
-Each nomination must be signed by the person submitting the nomination.
-Please mail nominations to the Winter Carnival Committee, P.O. Box 829, Saranac Lake, NY 12983. You can also drop them off at the Enterprise at 54 Broadway.