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Solvay Resident Continues Family Tradition on Election Day

By Alexandra King, BDJ 311.01, BDJ 364.01

Published on November 5, 2019

Voting began at 6a.m. today at Solvay-Geddes Youth Center. The Solvay-Geddes Ladies Auxiliary started their bake sale as soon as the doors opened. Video produced by (c) 2019 Alexandra King.

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Reporter:
The Solvay-Geddes Ladies Auxiliary continues to carry on tradition today by hosting a bake sale outside of the Solvay-Geddes polling place. Adelaide Silvia, the former president of the group, says running the sale is in her genes.

Adelaide Silvia:
Years and years ago, my parents belonged to the organization and it was kind of tradition. I live in the village, so I thought I would join the organization.

Reporter:
Silvia says she volunteers every year because of how important Election Day is to her. She says it is your civic duty as a United States citizen to vote in each election.

Adelaide Silvia:
It’s a privilege to be an American citizen. That’s what we are here: We’re America. And that’s the land of the free and the brave and voting is a privilege.

Reporter:
All of the money from the bake sale goes to the youth center the poll was located in. Even though it is a minor election, the auxiliary group still expects to raise a lot of money. For Democracy in Action, I’m Alexandra King.

SOLVAY, N.Y. (NCC News) – The Solvay-Geddes Ladies Auxiliary continued to carry on tradition today by hosting a bake sale outside of the Solvay-Geddes polling location.

Voters and polling officials were not the only early-risers this morning, as bake sale volunteers began their fundraisers as soon as the doors opened. Adelaide Silvia, one of today’s volunteers and the former president of the auxiliary group, said running the sale is in her genes.

“Years and years ago, my parents belonged to the organization and it was kind of tradition,” Silvia said. “I live in the village, so I thought I would join the organization.”

The members of the group baked the treats themselves last night and began their sale as soon as the polls opened this morning.

According to Silvia, the Solvay-Geddes Ladies Auxiliary has candidates come in regularly to speak with them. A lot of members regularly read the news and attend political rallies to stay informed with election news.

To Silvia, volunteering at Election Day is just as important as voting. She volunteers and votes every year because of the civic duty she feels she has as a United States citizen.

“It’s a privilege to be an American citizen,” Silvia said. “That’s what we are here – we’re America and that’s the land of the free and the brave and voting is a privilege.”

All of the money from the bake sale will go to the Solvay-Geddes Youth Center, which is where the bake sale was located today. Even though it is a minor election, the auxiliary group still expects to raise a lot of money.