Meet the Kiwanis International president-elect

Florencio C. "Poly" Lat
Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Lat, PolyFlorencio “Poly” Lat of the Philippines was elected president-elect of Kiwanis International in July 2017 at the 102nd Annual Kiwanis International Convention in Paris, France.

Poly has been a Kiwanis member for 27 years.  He became President of the Kiwanis Club of Intercity Homes in 1991, Lieutenant Governor in 2000, and served as Governor for the Philippine Luzon District in 2011-12.  He is also a Charter Member of the Kiwanis Clubs of Manila Bay and Fort Bonifacio Global City.

Poly, a Charter Walter Zeller Fellow and George F. Hixson Fellow, is one of the Distinguished District Governors honored in the 98th Annual Kiwanis International Convention in Vancouver, British Columbia.  He was also a recipient of the Presidential Inspiration Award and Legion of Honor.

Kiwanis ASPAC conferred on him the Awards as Champion in New Kiwanis and SLP Club Building for organizing 28 New Kiwanis Clubs and 17 New SLP Clubs within his term. At the ASPAC convention in Colombo, Sri Lanka, the Philippine Luzon District also won ASPAC’s Best Service Project Award to complete the Grand Slam. On top of these recognitions under his leadership, Kiwanis received The Outstanding Philippine Leadership Excellence Award in Philanthropy (TOPLEAP Award) for Environment, from a joint project of the Rotary Club and Junior Chamber International.

At the recently concluded 2015 ASPAC Convention, he was presented the Centennial Award, the first for members of Kiwanis Asia-Pacific, and was also conferred Special Ambassador of Project: Eliminate MNT for the Philippines.

A Senior Officer of the Philippine National Bank, Poly spends his non-Kiwanis time playing tennis, badminton, chess and having fun with his family and friends.