RI Past VP Anne Matthews Speaks at Paul Harris Society Banquet

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Oct 172014
 

I was honored to speak at the first Paul Harris Society Banquet in District 7690 for Governor Patrick Eaks in Greensboro Wednesday night. The photo (from left to right) includes PDG Dave McCoy, Governor Patrick, me, and DRFC Mike Conrad.

Past RI Vice President Anne Matthews Chairs Peace Centers Committee

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Oct 072014
 

I attended the Rotary Peace Centers Committee meeting this week in Evanston to select Peace Scholars for 2015-16. I chair the committee and PRID Mark Maloney serves as vice-chair. President Gary Huang met with the committee.

 

RI VP Anne Matthews Speaks at Rotary Club of Canton OH

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Apr 222014
 

anne matthews canton airportI enjoyed speaking to the Rotary Club of Canton, Ohio this past Friday. The first photo is with the president and past president of the club welcoming me at the airport. The second photo is with District Governor Deb Esbenshade of District 6650.

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RI Vice President Anne Matthews Attends District 3650 Conference in Korea

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Mar 312014
 

From RI Vice President and loyal District 7770 Rotarian Anne Matthews:

anne matthewsI am in Seoul, Korea, at Rotary District 3650’s Conference, representing President Ron Burton. They have over 1200 Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, and guests. This is the home of Trustee Chair D. K. Lee and fellow RI Board member Sang Koo Yun. It has been a great conference. So much graciousness and hospitality! I am sharing a few photos with my Facebook friends. The second photo is with a gentlemen who received the Service Above Self Award and I was asked to present it. In the third photo RI Director Sang Koo Yun is on the right. The fourth shows the flags representing Korea, Japan, United States and the District Flag. The district has a sister district in Japan and the governor and several Rotarians came to the conference.

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RI Vice President Anne Matthews Speaks to Columbia Capital

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Dec 192013
 
anne matthewsOn Wednesday, the Columbia Capital Rotary Club was honored to have as their guest speaker Dr. Anne Matthews who is the vice president of rotary international. Dr. Matthews discussed the vital role played by the 96 year old rotary foundation in efforts across South Carolina and worldwide to improve literacy and health, and to eliminate poverty.  Dr Matthews, a Columbia native, is a member of and past president of the Columbia East Rotary Club.
Dr. Matthews has traveled the world to participate in rotary service projects. A former educator, she presents a compelling example of “Service Above Self”
Jul 062013
 

From the Rotary International Web site
Article by Arnold R. Grahl

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Anne L. Matthews, a Rotarian from South Carolina, USA, began her term on 1 July as the first female vice president of Rotary International. Monika Lozinska/Rotary International

As Rotary clubs continue to promote diversity in their membership, Rotary is marking a milestone. Anne L. Matthews, a Rotarian from South Carolina, USA, began her term on 1 July as the first female vice president of Rotary International.

“Women have contributed significantly to Rotary initiatives, and will continue to do so,” says Matthews, who is also the first woman to serve as both a Rotary Foundation trustee and an RI director. “No doubt, the unfortunate and sometimes misleading image of ‘an old boys’ club’ will be buried for good.

“Whether the job is done by a male or female is immaterial,” she adds. “What is important is that the individual who serves is effective in that role. With that said, I am extremely proud to be the first woman vice president and am thankful for the California pioneers who pursued membership of women in Rotary.”

A member of the Rotary Club of Columbia East, Matthews has served Rotary in numerous capacities. In addition to her service as trustee and director, she has been a regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, RI president’s representative, lead seminar trainer for the International Assembly, Future Vision Committee member, RI training leader, and district governor.

She is a recipient of Rotary’s Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award. Matthews is a Rotary Foundation Benefactor, Bequest Society member, Major Donor, and Paul Harris Society member.

She has a long and distinguished career outside Rotary as well. President of Matthews and Associates, an educational consulting firm, she has degrees in business, economics, and educational administration, including a doctorate from the University of South Carolina.

She has served as a trustee of Coker College, on the Advisory Education Board of the National Federation of Independent Business, as president of the National Business Education Association, and as a member of the Southern Regional Education Board of Directors for High Schools That Work. She has also served on the board of the Center for Occupational Research and Development in Texas and the Commission on Occupational Education, a national accreditation agency, among others. She is a member of Leadership South Carolina.

Matthews says she began attending Rotary club meetings in 1989, on the recommendation of her minister. It wasn’t long before she became actively involved in her club. Her most satisfying moments, of which she says there have been many, include immunizing children against polio in India, digging wells in the Amazon jungle, and preparing food for the hungry.

“I feel especially peaceful when simply sharing stories and facts with Rotarians about the good Rotary is doing in pockets all over the world,” Matthews says. “Seeing and hearing their reactions is particularly satisfying.”

Incoming Rotary International Vice President Anne Matthews Visits DC

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May 212013
 

Incoming Rotary International Vice President (and District 7770’s own) Anne Matthews visited Washington DC to raise awareness for Rotary’s effort to eradicate polio worldwide. She lobbied Congressional leaders for continued federal support for this vital Rotary program. Here she is with Senator Tim Scott (R, SC).

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Rotary International Director & 7770 Rotarian Anne Matthews Requests Polio Eradication Support in Washington DC

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May 092013
 

Anne Matthews and Sen Scott in Washington

Recently, District 7770 Rotarian & Rotary International Director Anne L. Matthews  met with SC Senator Tim Scott in Washington DC to request  continued  financial support for Rotaries efforts to eradicate Polio from the earth.

 

RI Director & PDG Anne Matthews Visits Camden Rotary Club

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Apr 142013
 
RI Director & PDG Anne Matthews spoke to the Camden Rotary Club on March 28.  Anne is a dynamic speaker and a true asset not only to our district but to our Rotary World. For more on Ms. Matthews terrific service through Rotary, please visit the District Leadership Page.
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Anne Matthews was welcomed by Johnny Deal

Zone 33 Peace Symposium

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Apr 092013
 
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The Peace Symposium was a Zone 33 event celebrating the various avenues of Peace Through Service. The Peace Fellow Conference was a series of presentations by the graduating Peace Fellows based on their dissertations.
RI President Tanaka, Trustee Chair Wilkinson and Rotary Director (and 7770 resident) Anne Matthews all were in attendance.
Both events were held in Chapel Hill at with the UNC-Duke Peace Center.
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