President Poly Lat passes

Vicki Hermansen | Sep 18, 2019
2018-19 Kiwanis International President Florencio C. "Poly" Lat

Florencio C. “Poly” Lat, 2018-19 Kiwanis International president, died Wednesday, September 18, 2019, after a long illness. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Cards and notes of condolences may be sent to:

To the Lat family
Kiwanis International
3636 Woodview Trace
Indianapolis, Indiana USA 46268

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Lat, from the Philippines, began his term on October 1, 2018, and served until his death. He was elected president of Kiwanis International during the 103rd Annual Kiwanis International Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

“All of Kiwanis sends our heartfelt sympathies to Poly’s family and friends,” said Kiwanis International Executive Director Stan Soderstrom. “One of Poly’s greatest dreams has been realized: helping children around the world live better lives. He often said the only difference among children is opportunity, and Poly worked tirelessly to ensure all children have the opportunity to thrive.”

Daniel Vigneron, president-elect, expressed sadness at Lat’s death. “He was so full of joy at our Kiwanis International convention at Walt Disney World Resort® in Florida,” Vigneron said. “He was energized by seeing all his friends and colleagues.”

Vigneron said Lat was a true servant leader. “Kiwanis is a better organization for his membership and leadership.”

Lat was a member of Kiwanis for more than 30 years. He became president of the Kiwanis Club of Inter-City Homes, Muntinlupa, Metro Manila, in 1991; lieutenant governor in 2000; distinguished district governor in 2011-12 and was a Kiwanis International trustee from 2013 to 2016. He was a charter member of the Kiwanis clubs of Inter-City Homes, Muntinlupa, Metro Manila; Manila Bay and Fort Bonifacio Global City. 

Lat held multiple Kiwanis awards and honors, including the Kiwanis Children’s Fund’s Walter Zeller Fellowship, George F. Hixson Diamond Fellowship and its Centennial Award, the first among members in the Kiwanis Asia-Pacific Region. Under his leadership, Kiwanis received The Outstanding Philippine Leadership Excellence Award in Philanthropy for Environment from a joint project of the Rotary Club and Jaycees International.

He is survived by his wife, Susan; three children, Diane, Dan and Geline; and three grandchildren, Iñigo, Nica and Lia. Lat retired from the Philippine National Bank as senior vice president. He spent 35 years with the bank.

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