PID Phil Nathan, The Innovator

“Innovation . . . is generally understood to be the successful introduction of a new thing or method.

For innovation to occur, something more than the generation of a creative idea is required: the idea must be put into action to make a genuine difference.

Phil is not only creative, in the sense of having ideas, but has the drive and determination to see them put into practice.

Gift for Living a radical and innovative way for the Lions of MD105 to put into place a long term plan to assist in another country. The work which matured into the Gift for Living Trust has now been ongoing for 14 years.

Palace of Westminster Lions Club – the first Parliamentary Lions Club in the Northern Hemisphere; where better to have Lions than amongst the nations most important influencers?

Responding to the “Challenge to Change” theme of the then International President, Mahenrda Amarasuriya, Phil initiated the process which led to the formation of the Helen Keller Internet Lions Club – the first such Club in the Multiple District, with a long term ambition to draw members from amongst individuals in the community who would find it difficult to be a member of a ‘traditional’ Lions Club.

Young Leaders in Service – previously a simple youth programme, Phil has recognised the capacity within this programme for not only recognising Young People through the Service they undertake, but also the capacity of rpublicity and membership.

It is often said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and there are a number of examples where Phil’s lead has been imitated by others. Take for example the development of international humanitarian projects or the setting up of an “internet” or “parliamentary” Club. Phil has had the vision to move the Association of Lions Clubs International forward, not only by helping those in need but also by giving other individuals the opportunity “to Serve” their communities.