COLUMBIA (AP) — A Columbia woman has become the first female vice president of Rotary International.

Anne L. Matthews took over her new post this month. She also was the first woman to serve as a member of the Rotary International Board of Directors and as a Rotary Foundation trustee.

Matthews said she started attending Rotary Club meetings in 1989 on the recommendation of her minister.

She said she has enjoyed the public service projects she has undertaken with the club, including digging wells in the Amazon jungle and immunizing children in India against polio.

Matthews is president of educational consulting firm Matthews and Associates and has served as a trustee for Coker College.