The P.A.

A weekly address from Patrick Adams,
President of St. Louis Community Credit Union

Being the Big Elephant Demands Some Giveback

On June 30th, 2014, posted in: Uncategorized by

Being the Big Elephant Demands Some GivebackI was in attendance to hear an accomplished leader (who happens to be a theologian) talk about an African proverb on elephants. I was also on the Internet watching a TED broadcast in which an ordained minister of a well-known church in southern California, Rick Warren, spoke about one of the most popular books ever that he happened to author.  “A Purpose Driven Life” – you may have heard of it. Both messages resonated with me and confirmed for me why I get up every day and make the trek to the Credit Union. (more…)

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

On June 23rd, 2014, posted in: Uncategorized by 1 Comment

RESPECT Scrabble TilesAs it relates to respect, societal norms have apparently taken a step back. Too many people are willing to “dis” their fellow man (or woman) without any consideration for seeking a place of common interest or (better yet) common understanding. (more…)

Let’s Talk About Backpacks

On June 16th, 2014, posted in: Uncategorized by

Let's Talk About BackpacksLet’s take some time to talk about backpacks – literally and figuratively. When I went to elementary school, I had a pencil box and gym bag. Seriously, that was it. Today, kids have a backpack. When I went to junior high school (today it’s middle school), I carried everything in my arms. The pencils moved their way from a box to my shirt pocket inside of a pocket protector. Now you know why I got beat up a lot at school. (more…)

Something I’m Never Going to Forget

On June 9th, 2014, posted in: Uncategorized by


You never know where or when the next great thing in your life is going to happen. I keep my eyes, ears (heck, all my senses) in full-on alert all the time. Lord knows, I don’t want to miss one of these great blessings. They come in all shapes, sizes and happenings, but one thing is for sure – when they occur, you know it. You look inside the moment as it is happening, you peel away all of the peripheral distractions, and suddenly as if there is a lightning strike, your sub-conscious registers a memory like “this is something I’m never going to forget.” In that split second of time your premonition would be right of course. (more…)

I’d Much Rather Hang Around Torchbearers Than Pallbearers

On June 2nd, 2014, posted in: Uncategorized by

I’d Much Rather Hang Around Torchbearers Than Pallbearers

Can we talk honestly for just a few minutes? I mean honest – really honest.

This graduation season, I ended up hearing a commencement speech offered up by a Senator from another state. It was quite by accident. I just go to these things because they end up on the calendar and the wife makes me go, otherwise (quite frankly) I would rather have a root canal – they’re faster. And certainly, I don’t know of anyone who makes the decision to attend these exercises in endurance to hear the commencement speaker. (more…)