The P.A.

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

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…)

Access Is Important

On April 17th, 2017, posted in: Community, Uncategorized by

sunset on city streetOn Wednesday of last week, I was asked to speak on a panel to discuss “What Makes Communities Great.” Our business partner Grace Hill asked me to be a part of their Solutions Breakfast and it was truly my honor. Grace Hill is such a positive force in our North St. Louis community as they provide hope for so many. We are honored to work with them.    (more…)

What Makes Us Great

On April 10th, 2017, posted in: Industry, Service, Uncategorized by

bedrockGreat companies focus on who they serve. That’s what makes them great. Our focus, as an example, is always on our members, staff and community. As leaders of our institution, we regularly check our focus; it does not waver. (more…)

An Opportunity for a Kid to Be a Kid

On April 3rd, 2017, posted in: Community, Uncategorized by

kid riding a bikeI just watched credit unions do what credit unions do best. “People helping people” was on full display in all of its selfless, sincere and loving glory as a group of unsuspecting kids (at least we thought so) received brand-new bicycles. (more…)

This Is Who We Are

On March 27th, 2017, posted in: Community, Uncategorized by

St. LouisPlease enjoy the transcript my comments from our recent 2017 Annual Meeting. (more…)

What’s in a Name?

On March 20th, 2017, posted in: Industry, Uncategorized by

boot tracksI don’t know what I was expecting when I walked into Chuck’s Boots, but as I entered, I stopped inside the door for a second and had to gather myself. My face must have had that sort of look that a young farm boy might have when he first travels to New York City. Those corn fields all the way to the horizon at home, suddenly replaced by concrete stacked to the clouds, will have a halting effect. (more…)

We’re a Movement, Not an Industry

On March 13th, 2017, posted in: Industry, Uncategorized by

hands with sunset similar to CUNA logoLike that crazy uncle whose antics are suspect at best, we try not to talk about our credit union movement’s crazy side very often. You know, if you talk about it, suddenly there it is — on your doorstep. The fact is that we have a collective credit union mission and a power that we don’t leverage near as well as we could. Folks, it’s time to talk about it.    (more…)

Creative Tension: Urgency + Honesty + Accountability

On March 6th, 2017, posted in: Industry, Uncategorized by

paper light bulbIf I used the phrase “creative tension,” would you recognize where I might be going with the discussion? I’ll come clean with you — the first time I heard it, I was drawing a mental picture of what exactly this action is, but honestly, I was guessing as to the answer. In a business setting, what is “creative tension?”    (more…)

Closing the Gaps

On February 27th, 2017, posted in: Service, Uncategorized by

mind the gapDon’t you wish that the people who engineer the front end of cars and the people who make parking curbs could get together on what the height should be? It seems like more times than not, I pull into park and a shrieking, guttural sound comes from the front undercarriage of my car as it plays a game of tag with the curb. You only need to hear the sound once, and you are forever scarred. It may happen more than that initial time, but truthfully, you’ll be conscious of attempting not to do it for the rest of your driving days. It’s a horrible sound.  (more…)

Bet You I Don’t Forget Next Year

On February 21st, 2017, posted in: Just Because, Uncategorized by

felt hearts on clotheslineTime marches on. I’m older, things ache and my eyes aren’t as good. Patience is tested more often, belts don’t stretch as far and I have an uncontrollable desire to wear plaids with stripes. There are issues I remain passionate about, and there are those that once moved me that today don’t even register. Yes, time marches on. (more…)