2018 Annual Conference FAQs

When is the 2018 conference?

The conference begins the evening of Thursday, July 12 and ends at the closing banquet on Saturday, July 14. Plan to depart on Sunday, July 15.


Who may attend the conference?

Current members of TTSGI and their guests (family, friends) are welcome to attend. A current member is one who has renewed membership ($50/yr) within the last 12 months.


Where is the conference?

Columbus Marriott Northwest
5607 Blazer Pkwy, Dublin, OH 43017

TTSGI has contracted a block of rooms for this event. Please make your reservations EARLY as we were only able to hold a limited number of rooms. When calling, be sure to let the reservationist know you are with the Twinless Twins Support Group. The cost of the rooms in our block will be $130.00/2 doubles or $130/1 king. Cost includes a breakfast buffet.

In case the Marriott runs out of reserved rooms, TTSGI has contracted a block of rooms at a second hotel:
Drury Inn & Suites Columbus Northwest
6170 Parkcenter Circle, Dublin, OH 43017
Telephone: (614) 798-8802

This hotel is just 0.3 miles from the conference hotel. They offer a rate of $132.00 night and and the following amenities: Free hot breakfast – At Drury, “hot” means Belgian waffles, scrambled eggs, biscuits & gravy, sausage and more. Free 5:30 Kickback®. Enjoy a variety of free snacks — like salads, soups and more — and cold beverages, including a variety of beer, wine or mixed cocktails, from 5:30pm to 7:00pm Free Long Distance – One hour every room every night. Free Wifi Throughout the Hotel. Free Soda and Popcorn – From 3:00pm to 10:00pm every night in the lobby. Must make reservations by Wednesday, June 13, 2018 to receive the TTSGI group rate. Reservations made after this date will be subject to prevailing rate and availability.


What is the schedule for the conference?

A 2018 Conference Schedule will be posted soon.
Click Here to view the last year’s 2017 Conference Schedule to get an idea of what to expect.


What airport do I fly into?

Port Columbus International Airport (CMH). This has both international and domestic flights.


How do I get back and forth from the airport to the hotel?

Taxi Services (estimated $55 – $65, taxis and pick-up locations for ride sharing services are available on the ground transportation level of the terminal 24 hours a day.): https://flycolumbus.com/getting-to-from/taxis-rideshare
Limo Services (over 30 options): https://flycolumbus.com/getting-to-from/shuttles-limos
Uber or Lyft (must download apps on mobile device prior to scheduling)


What will the weather be like?

In July the average low is 64° and the average high is 86°. For more info visit www.weather.com.


What should I wear?

Almost anything goes. For the evening of the welcome reception some people wear business casual, although some wear whatever they have traveled in. During the day, wear what you feel comfortable in (pants, t-shirt, blouse, jeans, shorts). Remember, there will be air conditioning, so be prepared if the hotel is cooler than you prefer. The Saturday night closing banquet is a bit dressier event. Men may wear a suit or coat and ladies often wear dresses or a nicer pant outfit.


What should I bring?

Photographs of your twin.
Consider donating something for the Saturday evening auction to help support the organization.


I am a first-time attendee, what should I expect and what is expected of me?

To welcome you to the conference, we have a special first-timers’ registration on July 12 at 7:00pm, followed by a dessert reception. At this reception, you will have the opportunity to meet other first-time attendees as well as our Board Members and Regional Coordinators. The Board Members and Regional Coordinators will be available to meet with you to answer any questions concerning the conference. After the first-timers’ reception, you will be asked to join all conference attendees at the dessert reception that begins at 7:30pm. Be sure to have dinner prior to the first-timers’ registration. During the conference, there will be time for sharing what you feel comfortable concerning your twin and twinship. There will be speakers and various breakout sessions. Between sessions, you will have free time to relax, reflect and casually meet others. Finally, we will have a closing banquet on Saturday evening, followed by our annual charity auction. Plan to depart on Sunday.


What do we do for meals?

Read this section carefully as this is a CHANGE FROM PRIOR YEARS.
Thursday – No dinner provided
Thursday Night Welcome Dessert Reception – 7:30pm light desserts (registration opens at 7:30pm)

Friday Breakfast – Hot breakfast is provided at the hotel and is included in your room rate.
Friday Lunch – Not provided

Friday Dinner – Not provided

Saturday Breakfast – Hot breakfast is provided at the hotel and is included in your room rate

Saturday Lunch – Not provided.
Saturday Dinner – Banquet meal

Sunday – Depart

Does the hotel have a fitness center?

There is a complimentary 24-hour fitness room and a swimming pool (6:00am – 11:00pm).


How close are we to tourist attractions?

There are many local attractions, some as close as 3 miles and others as far as 18. Please visit the hotel’s web page to see the list of local offerings: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/local-things-to-do/cmhnw-columbus-marriott-northwest


What is the cost to attend the conference?

Conference Registration:
Conference Registration:
Early Registration: Before March 1 – $205 per person
Regular Registration: March 1 to April 30 – $250 per person
Late Registration: May 1 to June 12 – $300 per person (Online registration closes June 12)
*All attendees must register individually.
 The registration does not include hotel reservations.


What does registration include?

Thursday evening dessert reception, Saturday evening banquet meal (semi-formal), all conference materials, guest speakers, and breakout space.


What should I do if I have to cancel at the last minute?

Unfortunately, we are unable to refund any registration fees one month prior to the conference. The conference center requires our final attendee count one month prior to the conference, and they calculate our cost based on that number. The conference center is unable to make cost adjustments for last-minute cancellations. For hotel cancellations, please contact the hotel directly regarding their cancellation policy.


What if I want to attend but am unable to afford the conference?

Please contact our Executive Director, Michelle Getchell at contact@twinlesstwins.org to find out about possible assistance.

The Conference Committee, the Board of Directors and the Regional Coordinators are all looking forward to a great conference full of companionship, making connections, sharing our stories, a powerful keynote address, worthwhile break-out groups and MOST IMPORTANTLY SEEING EACH OF YOU THERE!

If you have any further questions or concerns, please consult your regional coordinator or email our Executive Director, Michelle Getchell at contact@twinlesstwins.org.