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January 2013

M e nded

Hearts “inspiring hope

of Citrus County Chapter 367 in heart disease patients and their families.”

A Big Thanks For Your Donations to Mended Little Hearts

Y Jamie Masengale and Mary Lou pose for photo

ou may remember in the October Rhythm Section Millie asked us to bring in items for care bags to go to the Little Mended Hearts chapter in St. Petersburg. Well last month Mary Lou delivered our donations to Jamie Masengale Group Coordinator of the MLH St. Petersburg.

As you can see in the picture on the left Mary Lou is holding up a photo taken of us so the members of MLH of St. Petersburg can see who we are. Jamie Masengale wishes to thank all of those who gave so freely to their organization. The items given were toiletry items, comfort items, snacks, games, coloring books and cash. These items are given to parents to help them during their child’s hospital stay. It also lets parents know that there are others who care about what they are going through and can empathize with their situation.

A lot like the big Mended Hearts Organization Mended Little Hearts is for parents to receive support and education. In 2004, Mended Hearts local and national leader, Tita Hutchins, recognized the unique need for children with congenital heart defects and their families. The earnest desire to provide support to the "littlest heart patients of all" led to the formation of the first two Mended Little Hearts groups – one in Fresno, California and one in Hollywood, Florida. You can help Mended Little Hearts The Mended Little Hearts' mission is to provide hope and support to children, families and care families by: givers impacted by congenital heart defects in order to extend and improve quality of life.  Making a one-time donation Mended Little Hearts relies on the support of individuals, corporations and foundations to help provide hope and support to thousands of children with congenital heart defects and their f a m i l i e s andcaregivers. They are very grateful for all donations that have made it possible for Mended Little Hearts to offer services that give hope, help and healing since 2004 when the program began.

Chapter Board Members President: Millie King 637-5525 Vice President: Jackie Popomier Secretary: John Onder Treasurer : John Hoffmeister

 Making a recurring donation  Making a tribute gift  Creating a personal fundraising page  Supporting an existing fundraiser

For more information please visit the Mended Hearts Web site at

The Rhythm Section Staff Editor: Rick Hosea Staff Writer: Lois Wagner Photographer: Bob Ellison

If you have a story or event to put in the Rhythm Section please contact Rick Hosea at (813) 892-4309 or, or Lois Wagner at jwagner117@tampa

 Supporting the Congenital Heart Walks  Providing items for care bags for fami-

lies with children in the hospital  Make someone's day a little brighter by

sending an e-Card


ended Hearts is a national non profit organization formed to give heart patients, their care givers, families and friends support to help understand heart disease; causes, treatment and preventative measures. Our local chapter meets the second Friday of each month. Meetings start at 10 am and end around 12 pm. Any one interested is invited to attend our meetings. We meet in the Gulf Room of the Old Historic School House adjacent Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness.

Mended Hearts Southern Regional Cluster Meeting Greetings! The First Southern Regional Cluster Meeting of the year will be held on Saturday, January 12, 2013 The location will be at Osceola Regional Medical Center, Kissimmee, Florida. For a "Save the Date" reminder I have posted a humorous youtube video at R5Lo_vocLXw ,.

Our Cluster Meeting Title is: "Passport to Health" The tentative schedule is on the Cluster Meeting web page (Get More information) on the link below. We will be issuing Health passports that will be used to document your "readings" This can be done during the continental breakfast before the first speaker. Our goal for the Cluster Meeting is to not only to motivate you but provide you with educational sessions, member training sessions, and officer training sessions. You will also have the opportunity to obtain information from our National and Regional Leaders who will share the current and future direction and goals of Mended Hearts, Inc. At the close of the session (around 4:30 pm) we will be offering a chance to join us for Twilight Gathering at Mimi's Cafe at the Loop (dutch treat). Last year about 14 of us had an opportunity to enjoy relaxing in a nice atmosphere while dicussiing the events of the day, swap Mended Hearts stories and had a few laughs. If you are staying the night or have a short drive home please feel free to join us. If you have any questions about the event or how to register please call me at 407-361-1360. Thank you for your attention and response, I will look forward to seeing you at the Cluster meeting in Kissimmee on January 12.

Ed Wainwright Mended Hearts of Osceola Chapter 364


Vegetables Winter vegetables: about 8 oz. each of butternut squash, cut into medium dice, & shredded savoy cabbage. Spring vegetables: about 8 oz. each of frozen green peas & coarsely chopped escarole. Summer vegetables: about 8 oz. zucchini, cut into medium dice, & factory washed spinach, stemmed and coarsely chopped. Fall vegetables: about 8 oz. each bite-sized cauliflower florets and broccoli rabe, trimmed & coarsely chopped

Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large pot. Add onions, celery and carrots; sauté until tender, about 5 min. Add Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes; sauté until fragrant, about a minute longer. Add remaining ingredients. Cover and bring to a simmer.

(Most vegetables can be used, other than the ones listed above)

In January Monthly Mended Hearts meeting 10 am in the Gulf room at the Old Historic School House located adjacent Citrus Memorial Hospital.

In January


2 Tbs. Olive oil 1 each: large onion, celery stalk and peeled carrot, diced 2 tsps. Italian seasoning ¼ to ½ tsp. hot red pepper flakes 2 quarts vegetable broth 1 can (14.5 oz.) petite diced tomatoes 2 cans (15 or 16 oz. each) small white beans, undrained *1 cup ditalini or other small, tubular pasta 1lb seasonal vegetables (see list below) Salt & black ground pepper Optional: Parmesan cheese

*I would recommend that the pasta be prepared separately – then add to individual bowls of soup. Pasta tends to swell (especially in leftover soup) and get “mushy”. Also, taste soup before adding salt and pepper – soup is fairly well seasoned with red pepper flakes and Italian seasonings.



This months recipe is from Judy Hladik. Many people have asked for this recipe from the Christmas Party.

Reduce heat to medium-low; continue to simmer, partially covered and stirring occasionally, until vegetables are soft and pasta* is tender, about 15 min. longer. Adjust seasonings, including salt and pepper, to taste.



MINESTRONE SOUP (with seasonal twists)

The First Southern Regional Cluster Meeting of the year will be held on Saturday, January 12, 2013 The location will be at Osceola Regional Medical Center, Kissimmee, Florida

December Visits Surgical visits for December were 4. A good month since we only had 6 surgeries. Cath lab visits were 20.

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