PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The historic Union League, at Broad and Sansom Streets, has inducted the first female president in its 148-year history.

Philadelphia entrepreneur Joan Carter was part of the first class of women to be admitted as members in 1986. Tuesday, she got a toast led by her husband, John Aglialoro:

“Ladies and gentlemen, please charge your glasses to the president of the Union League…”

Carter feels her election as the first female president of one of the nation’s oldest social clubs is reflective of what’s happening in society everywhere.

“I’d like to think that I was qualified to do the job and that I happened to be a woman,” she told KYW Newsradio on Tuesday.

Jeff McFadden is the general manager of the Union League.

“She’s very adaptable,” he said on Tuesday. “She listens, she makes a decision, she’s decisive, she’s personable.”

Reported by Karin Phillips, KYW Newsradio 1060.