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Mona Tolbert
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Red and Black sisters to share what they learned about life with GSSJC alumnae

Houston (September 9, 2010) – The Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC) will host Tina Pennington (aka Red) and Mandy Williams (aka Black), authors of What I Learned About Life When My Husband Got Fired! during its fall alumnae event on September 23, 2010 at 6 p.m. at the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Program Place for Girls (3000 Southwest Freeway).

Pennington and Williams, both Girl Scout alumnae and real life sisters with very different perspectives, will share their practical approach to personal finance, time management and handling stress. Their self-published book What I Learned About Life When My Husband Got Fired! was first launched by Neiman Marcus, but caught the attention of KIPP Houston High School , a nationally-recognized charter school, and ultimately was used as a textbook during the 2009-2010 school year. Their book was the basis of a 12-week financial literacy program for seniors, which was developed and also taught by the duo.

“When I was going through my “crisis”, and later when we started ‘writing’ our book, I often said that if it did nothing more than force me to make sure my two daughters were better prepared for life than I was, then it was all worth it. But now, this wonderful opportunity to ‘work together’ with the Girl Scouts and pass on our stories and experiences and hopefully some of our ‘real’ advice and practical information, is truly a gift,” said Pennington, aka Red.

Williams, aka Black, added “Red’s husband getting fired was merely a catalyst that forced her to face many of life’s realities she had managed to avoid up to that point in her life. Lessons that are an integral part of the Girl Scouts experience - things like personal power, planning, decision-making, and responsibility.”

“We are honored to have Tina and Mandy attend our alumnae event to share their life experiences with other Girl Scout alumna, said Mary Vitek, GSSJC Chief Executive Officer. “Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character and I believe Tina and Mandy are evidence of that and can serve as an example for our future leaders.”

This exclusive event is open to all registered Girl Scout alumnae, those who have ever served as Girl Scouts or Girl Scout volunteers. The affair will include a meet and greet, book signing, question and answer session and refreshments. Copies of Pennington and Williams’ book will be sold in the Girl Scout Shop with a percentage of the proceeds going to GSSJC. To register for the fall alumnae event e-mail For more information on becoming a Girl Scout alumnae, visit the alumnae information page on the GSSJC Web site, under helpful links.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.7 million girls and adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than 72,000 girl members and 17,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties.

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