The P.A.

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

New Year, New Paradigm

On December 29th, 2008, posted in: Uncategorized by

It’s December 29th. There are just a couple more days before we ring in the New Year. This time of year fosters a certain amount of recollection and reflection. 2008 was momentous in many regards – not the least of which was the election of a new president amid economic turmoil of a magnitude not seen by most people under the age of 80.

Regardless of your political persuasion, the election of Barack Obama as president of this great country was a “WOW” moment – one that comes along once a generation. One that we attach to the phrase…“where were you when…”

For me, it also meant a paradigm shift. It was a loud and clear message cast by young people that it’s their turn. I guess the efforts of Baby Boomers and the World War II generation to run our country fell short of many Americans’ expectations. Whatever the issue, they made a statement at the polls. They proclaimed in a strong voice that the old way of doing things is no longer the operating manual for the future. “Change” was the mantra aspired to by Mr. Obama, and the message resonated like never before. He is Time Magazine’s Man of the Year for a reason.

At St. Louis Community Credit Union, we (too) seek change and maintain a young mindset as it relates to serving our members. Generations X and Y are right. Sometimes doing it the old fashioned way should not be embraced. Perpetuating a problem because “that’s the way it’s always been done” is not an effective way of approaching an issue. Our collective mindset at St. Louis Community is one that is young, fresh, embraces change, and encourages innovation.

Don’t look for St. Louis Community to rest on the successes of the past. We will forge ahead. Much like President-elect Obama, we will do our very best to punch a hole in the current economy and emerge on the other side in a better place. Look for us to fix what is broken and proceed in a manner deserving of your support.

It’s a new time, and we’re committed to doing our best with new ideas that excite our 32,000-plus members, increase their standard of living, and better their lifestyle.

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