The P.A.

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

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. Read more »

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.  Read 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.  Read 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. Read more »