The P.A.

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

Real Solutions For Real People

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

Business meeting casualI love talking with our staff. They are insightful, thoughtful, compassionate, mission-centered and generally speaking, some of the finest people I’ve ever met. Did I say smart? Yes, very smart too. (more…)

Stop Making Pennies!

On January 9th, 2017, posted in: Uncategorized by

jar of penniesHere’s a New Year’s resolution for the U.S. Mint (you know, the people who make coins): Stop making pennies! It costs 1.5 cents to make a penny. Under the category of fiscal responsibility, this seems like a place to become more prudent. (more…)

The Network Effect

On January 3rd, 2017, posted in: Uncategorized by

hands all inPeople with years of research, who have that “boots on the ground” experience, have come to understand that poverty doesn’t emerge from a vacuum. Rather, it is the confluence of social, economic and personal forces that make it hard for a family to find stability. In St. Louis Community Credit Union’s (SLCCU) business plan, we set out to be ever present at the center of these forces. We are committed to creating the necessary pathways by and between the members and communities we serve with the many critical resources of our current and future partners.  Our business plan is centered on organizing a series of related efforts into a cohesive offer that improves the many facets of the lives of our St. Louis region. (more…)

Are We So Darn Busy?

On December 27th, 2016, posted in: Uncategorized by

hand writing thank youThank you. Two words that get my vote for “most needed remedy for what ails America.” (more…)

Make No Small Plans Here

On December 19th, 2016, posted in: Uncategorized by

PennantIf I pronounce the letters O-R-U, do you have a clue? If I say O-S-U? How about M-U, I-U, or my all-time favorite I-U-P-U-I? My guess is that you get the drift and have hooked on to the idea that these are abbreviations for institutions of higher learning. (more…)

Long Live the Big Mac

On December 12th, 2016, posted in: Uncategorized by

big mac and friesAs fate would have it, my Little League team was sponsored by McDonald’s. That’s right, the golden arches graced my white uniform. Emblazoned with blue lettering, a blue hat and blue stockings, I always thought it was a clean uniform. I’ve seen many pictures since that ’67-’68 season, but for the life of me, I can’t remember my number. All of the pictures were of me standing facing the camera. The number was on the back. (more…)

What the Heck Is Going On Out There?

On December 5th, 2016, posted in: Uncategorized by

stock marketWhat happened to the recession? The question was posed to me the day after the Dow Jones Industrial (i.e., the stock market) broke into new territory, 19,000 +. All indices set records. As Vince Lombardi might have asked, “What the heck is going on out there?” (more…)

With One Heart and One Voice

On November 28th, 2016, posted in: Uncategorized by

thanksgivingSo it’s a few days after Thanksgiving. Do you remain disappointed in your gluttonous performance, or did you effectively rationalize that you maintained your composure because you didn’t eat nearly as much as Uncle Lou? (more…)

Self-Driving Cars Are Not for Me

On November 21st, 2016, posted in: Uncategorized by 1 Comment

hands on steering wheelDriverless cars? I scoff at the idea, though I probably shouldn’t. This new-fangled technology has advanced at a record pace. We’re a long way from the days when Fred Flintstone not only drove the car, but he powered it, too. (more…)

Next Time You’re in the South, Ask for Some “What Nots”

On November 14th, 2016, posted in: Uncategorized by

comfort-foodWe had eaten a big lunch. Couldn’t help ourselves. Any place named Ben Jr.’s. Barbecue deep in the south in a shack with a line out the door a full hour after a lunch rush must be great.  It was — and that was Ben Jr.’s. Imagine how good Sr.’s must be? (more…)