For the first time in its long history, the Miami Springs Woman’s Club has four sisters as members at the same time. Growing up in Allapattah, the Carnicella family included four girls and three boys. The mix included twin girls and boy/girl twins.
The sisters are now Nancy Voye, Diane Toro, Ruth Boggs and Jean Ingram. Three of the siblings live in Miami Springs and the other lives in Miami Lakes.
Two years ago Voye joined the Woman’s Club and brought in her sisters one by one. Voye is now president of the organization, which was founded in 1939.
“The ongoing interior renovation is my project,” said Voye. “It’s a huge need. I did a lot of fundraising, and I thank Pastor (David) Imhoff of Grace Lutheran for his help. We have all new electric, new A/C and we redid the kitchen and bathrooms.”
So far, the upgrade has cost about $40,000. Voye said fundraising will continue because the clubhouse needs new flooring, which will cost $18,000.
Voye said the land for the clubhouse was donated by Glenn Curtiss’ wife, Lena, in the early days of Miami Springs and the structure initially was slated to be a library. Lena later donated the building to the Woman’s Club.
“The Club now has 72 members,” said Voye. “We do allow men to join. In fact, the first male member was installed in May. His name is Vincent Laurie.”
Voye said she came from a large, close, warm and loving family that is still close to this day. She said, “I’m sure that my mom, Frances Carnicella, is looking down on us and is proud of her girls.”