The P.A.

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

A Trip Down Memory Lane

On June 26th, 2017, posted in: Service, Uncategorized by

top workplaces 2016Facebook does something really cool. I’m not on Facebook, but Mrs. Adams is and loves that pictures posted are revisited as “memories” on anniversaries of the original postings. I must admit, I enjoy looking back at my grandkids pics and reminiscing. Yes, they grow up fast, and the pictures are a reminder of just how fast. Just a couple of years ago, they couldn’t talk — now they won’t shut up.  (more…)

Attitude is Everything

On June 19th, 2017, posted in: Industry, Uncategorized by

“Woe is me.” A popular phrase uttered by way too many. “Suck it up Buttercup.” A popular phrase often used to remind those stating the former, “Woe is me” statement. Failure is easy to accept.  Fighting back is hard.  I lean toward fighting back.  (more…)

Do More

On June 12th, 2017, posted in: Community, Uncategorized by

climber giving hand upLots of goings-on around our world have created vulnerable populations. George Clooney, in a Wall Street Journal editorial, goes on to implore all of us to do more to alleviate the problems of the world and their debilitating impact. Yes, the same George Clooney who played an extra years ago in the series Roseanne. (more…)

Debit Card Regulations and the “Poor Tax”

On June 5th, 2017, posted in: Industry, Uncategorized by

hand inserting debit cardYears ago, I ended up in a debate that progressed to a heated discussion, then to a war of words to a good old-fashioned “throw-down.” This other guy and I were not going to find a common bond. It happens that mediation sometimes can’t be reached. That was the case here, but to our credit, never did we call names. It was civil but heated. (more…)

Practice Biting the Bit Every Now and Then

On May 30th, 2017, posted in: Uncategorized by

horse with bitHave you ever driven a Segway? A weird-looking mode of transportation for sure. What I found most interesting about my use of this modern-day unicycle for the balance-impaired was how little motion it takes to make it go, stop, turn, etc. The slightest lean-in helps to affect the speed. Small, subtle movements affect the outcome. Our tongue operates in the same way.  (more…)

It’s Always about Prosperity

On May 22nd, 2017, posted in: Community, Uncategorized by

hands all inOngoing is the debate by and between our community and civic leaders as to whether or not St. Louis County and St. Louis City should come together in an effort to gain a more efficient means by which to serve their respective residents. An “all for one — one for all” region mentality versus the fragmentation that exists today could only improve services, reduce costs and give our region an opportunity to thrive. That’s the thought. (more…)

Real Service Is a Beacon of Hope

On May 15th, 2017, posted in: Uncategorized by

row of lockersYou will not have heard of this outstanding gentleman. His name is Philip W. Eldred, and what he did just over 75 years ago defines service. We talk about service with varying degrees of definition. Service is a relative term, meaning different things to different people, but every once in a while, we can all agree there is an example that stands atop all others. When we see real service, it stands out as a beacon of hope. (more…)

Listen. Please Listen.

On May 8th, 2017, posted in: Just Because, Uncategorized by

listen spelled in scrabble tilesDr. Stephen Covey, best known for the best-selling book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, is also noted for saying something that may be the crux of the problem in the world today. I’ll narrow that down some — it’s probably the issue at hand in our country for sure. It shows up in at least two places: on college campuses and certainly as a prevailing concern in business. (more…)

We Stand in the Gap

On May 1st, 2017, posted in: Community, Industry, Uncategorized by

man standing in darkened roomIt is all about giveback. That’s what CDFIs do. In a metropolitan area rife with the trials and tribulations of everyday living, isn’t it good to know that somebody has your back? (more…)

Invest in the Community

On April 24th, 2017, posted in: Community, Industry, Uncategorized by

classic cars in black & whiteHow’d you enjoy last week’s comments? Well, here is question #2. Remember, I had the privilege to sit on a panel to discuss what our communities need to be successful. On behalf of SLCCU, I was able to share the story of what a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) does in the market.  (more…)