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A Lifetime of Giving Back

(Note: This article appeared in the March 2002 edition of the Tacoma/Pierce County Chamber of Commerce Newsletter)

No one can accuse Beverly McConaghy of having too much spare time on her hands.

Volunteering is the most essential gesture of community in our society. Simple acts of
sharing one’s time, energy, and skills can profoundly change the lives of both volunteer
and recipient--often in ways that neither could anticipate.

This month, Tacoma Pierce County Chamber of Commerce would like to honor one of
our own members, whose dedication to volunteerism has been an intrinsic part of her
life for over twenty years.

Beverly McConaghy can’t remember a time when she wasn’t active in business. After
working for several companies within the accounting and financial industry, she founded
her own independent financial advisory business in 1987, where she is currently
responsible for retirement and estate planning, as well as the management of financial
portfolios for individuals, families, and small business owners.

Early in her career, Beverly found herself looking for ways to give back to the
community. She began by volunteering with Hospice of Tacoma. "It was there," recalls
Beverly, "that I recognized the rewards of volunteering, just by being there for people
during their last hours of life." She continued as a hospice volunteer for over twenty
years, while at the same time becoming active with the Diabetes Association of Pierce
County.

Beverly is currently on the Board of Governors for the U.S. Propeller Club of the United
States, and the Board of Directors of the Tacoma Musical Playhouse. For a number of
years, she has served on the Executive Board of Tacoma Pierce County Chamber of
Commerce, is past Chamber President for University Place and a Rotarian. She rounds out her
volunteer time with Bridges, a Care Center for Grieving Children and Saint Charles
Borromeo.

What does she do in her "spare" time? "Salt water fishing," says Beverly. "That’s my
REAL passion."

Whether rooted in a joy for caring, or a desire to contribute towards change, volunteers
like Beverly McConaghy are the fabric that weaves us together as a society. From all of
us who have benefitted from your dedication, we thank you Beverly.

Tacoma Pierce County Chamber


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