From our Chairman “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your What are you

Brice Luetkemeyer, MBA Chairman Bank of St. Elizabeth

Tis sentiment shared by President John F. Kennedy during his inauguration Jan. 20, 1961, inspired a generation to make their mark in communities across the United States. Nearly 60 years, this statement still resonates with Americans seeking to strengthen their communities. For us bankers, our community includes the Missouri Bankers Association. To you, I pose this — ask not what MBA can do for you but what you can do for your association.

One of the easiest ways to do something for MBA is to be involved. How do you accomplish this? Simple — join a committee. MBA has numerous opportunities for bankers to lend their expertise in various arenas. Serving on MBA’s legislative committee allows you to share your perspectives on proposals and help formulate MBA’s legislative agenda. If you prefer to provide feedback and recommendations on regulatory policies, the


regulatory affairs committee is the place for you. And, if you’ve wanted to be a part of the committees that assist in developing content for MBA education programs, your suggestions are welcomed. Your involvement with MBA contributes to the success of our outstanding association.

Another opportunity to be a part of your association is participation. Recently, Missouri bankers met virtually with our congressional delegation and federal regulators during the MBA Washington Visit. We had good attendance among our members at these virtual meetings, but I was hoping more bankers would have been part of these discussions. I’m curious — what held you back from participating in these meetings? When we have the chance to share our views with regulators and voice our concerns with lawmakers, it makes a tremendous impact when all of our banks join these conversations.

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