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Hernando neighbors | Tom Henegar, 73

Husband and wife are dedicated to Lions Club

Tom Henegar is the new president of the High Point Lions Club, and his wife, Vivian, has been the club’s secretary for four years.

Jean Hayes | Times

Tom Henegar is the new president of the High Point Lions Club, and his wife, Vivian, has been the club’s secretary for four years.

Q: How long have you lived in Hernando County, and where do you live? Where did you live previously?

A: Vivian and I have been in Florida for six years now. We live in High Point. We met in college. Prior to moving to Florida, we resided in New Haven, Mich., for about 32 years, where we worked and raised our family. I was born in Jellico, Tenn.

Q: Who are the members of your family?

A: My wife, Vivian, and I have two children: son Jeff T. Henegar, who lives in Michigan, and our daughter, Vivian Suzanne Henegar, who lives in Texas. We have two grandsons: Jeff's son, Jeff E. Henegar, 4 years old, and Suzuanne's son, Christopher, 10 months.

Q: Tell us about your career.

A: Both Vivian and I were in public education. During my 30 years in education, I taught and also served as an assistant principal. I also served actively in the Navy for eight years, and then served in the Air Force Reserve for 20 years.

Six years ago when I retired, we moved to Florida. Vivian still taught for an additional two years at Springstead High School before she retired.

Q: What kinds of activities are you involved in now?

A: Vivian was involved with the Lions Club for many years in Michigan and now here. She is a recipient of the Melvin Jones Award, the highest award a Lion can receive. She finally convinced me to get involved after we moved to Florida.

We both belong to the High Point Lions Club, where I have served on the board of directors and as vice president, and this year will be my first term as the club's president. Vivian has served as secretary for four years.

I am also a member of a veterans submarine organization in Weeki Wachee. Vivian volunteers at our High Point library and for our Bible class here. We attend First Baptist Church in Brooksville.

As Lions Club president this year, I'd like to focus on building our membership. The club is all about service, and we have so many dedicated members, but we do lose some to illness and relocations. Folks who want more information about the services we provide or becoming a member can contact me at (352) 596-8485.

Q: Do you have any special hobbies?

A: I like to draw cartoons and do watercolors. I also do woodworkings. I never said I do them well — just that I like to do them.

Vivian loves reading and shopping for our grandsons.

Q: What are your favorite things to do in Hernando County?

A: We love to watch the sunsets over Bayonet Point, and sometimes, very rarely, watch the sun rise as well. We also like to dine at area restaurants, especially picnicking at Pine Island.

Q: What do you think would make Hernando County a better place to live?

A: We think Hernando County is a pretty nice place to live now. We chose Hernando because of the entertainment, medical facilities and shopping that are all close by. But if we had to give one thing we'd like different, it would be to have less traffic.

Q: Tell us something about yourself that most people don't know.

A: I love to watch birds. I put peanuts out for the birds on our oak tree to attract them so I can watch them eat. I have two black snakes in our back yard along with a coachwhip snake. They are all totally harmless and funny to watch. The birds don't like to share their food with the snakes, so they often dive and peck at them. It's very funny to watch the snakes quickly try to escape.

Both Vivian and I believe that if you have been blessed with all the gifts we have, you should give back. We try to do so.

Hernando Neighbors is an occasional feature of the Hernando Times. Do you know someone who would make a good profile? We'd like to hear from you. Contact Jean Hayes, community news coordinator, at or (352) 848-1438.

Husband and wife are dedicated to Lions Club 11/06/10 [Last modified: Saturday, November 6, 2010 1:57pm]
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