The P.A.

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

Life-Changing Creations

On July 31st, 2017, posted in: Just Because, Uncategorized by

man holding iphoneWhat does one get for a 10-year anniversary gift? Well, traditional giving acknowledges that tin or aluminum is the norm. Tin? Aluminum? Tenth anniversaries are a long way from the gold of 50 or the diamond of 75, but tin? Oh, well. I’m sure Tiffany’s can do something with tin or aluminum and charge an arm and a leg for it. Such is the world of capitalism. I love it.   (more…)

A Child’s Fascination with Things Electronic

On July 24th, 2017, posted in: Just Because, Uncategorized by

pink baby shoesMy 2-year-old granddaughter can’t put on her shoes very well. That’s putting it kindly. She’s a bull-headed little tyke, though, so she perseveres until I can’t stand it any longer and give her a “help-me-up.” That’s usually a couple of minutes into the ordeal, because we need to be somewhere. Time available is in inverse proportion to her bull-headedness. (more…)

We’ll miss you. Onward & upward.

On July 17th, 2017, posted in: Uncategorized by

white rose and candlesHubert Hula Hoosman Jr., “Hoos,” passed away on July 3. He was a dear friend of close to 40 years and as good of stock as you would find. I loved Hoos. He lit up every room, broke barriers with a smile and a kind word, and never met a stranger. Yeah, yeah, that’s what they say about everybody. I don’t know everybody, but I knew Hoos, and that’s not a trite cliché used to describe him — it’s the truth. (more…)

America the Beautiful

On July 10th, 2017, posted in: Just Because, Uncategorized by

flag and sunsetHave you ever driven to a destination and didn’t remember the drive? That was me this past week — on July 3, to be exact. I got to work, thought about the route just traveled and realized that I didn’t remember a thing about it. I was safe, I guess due to subconscious thought, because my conscious mind was on “America the Beautiful.” It always happens this time of year as the celebration of Independence Day deepens my convictions regarding patriotism and freedom. Man, do I love this country.

The song “America the Beautiful” is one of the best, and in my humble opinion, it should not be allowed to be sung by anyone other than Ray Charles. Mr. Charles is no longer with us. Thankfully, www.youtube.com has multiple renditions, none of which are tired or trite. As long as YouTube exists, there will be no other voice or soul that extracts such meaning from the lyrics. All songs have words, but some songs you feel. I feel this one.

Driving to work, I was singing and sounding great (in my mind). Ray and I were a duet, both of us pouring out the emotion that made for no conscious thought as to what I was doing. But for God’s blessings, I made it to work. I sang the song up the steps into my office until I could log on and watch a video of “The Man” himself doing his timeless, soulful version. If you’ve got five or seven minutes, do yourself a favor and log on.

Oh beautiful, for heroes proved,

In liberating strife,

Who more than self our country loved,

And mercy more than life,

America, America, may God thy gold refine,

Till all success be nobleness,

And every gain divined.

You want the definition of Independence Day, read these beautiful lyrics.  Long before you get to the second verse (“…spacious skies, amber waves of grain, purple mountains majesty, above the fruited plains…”), take a good, hard look at that poetic first verse.

Independence Day is about freedom. Freedom achieved through heroes that liberated us from strife. Heroes that loved our country more than themselves and wanted mercy for us all more than their own life.

When Ray sings it, he has church. “America, America, God shed His grace on thee…”

That’s a prayer where I come from. More than ever, I wish Ray was alive to remind us just one more time about how beautiful America really is — live and unfiltered. Church.

Time to Refocus

On July 3rd, 2017, posted in: Industry, Uncategorized by

locked hornsWho you’ve been mad at over the years seems to be misguided. That’s the message I would convey to those in the local banking community. For years (as many as I can remember), the bank lobby has stood up to, lobbied against, written droves of letters, and generally solicited the support of legislators and the general public against credit unions. After all, credit unions and their exemption to paying federal taxes are killing them. (more…)