March Event: 2013 Spring Conference

Please join us for our 2013 Spring Conference, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Saturday, March 23 at the Drury Inn Conference Center, 11980 Olive Blvd, Creve Coeur, MO 63141.

We’ll provide a free continental breakfast, and you’ll have an opportunity to meet some inspiring individuals, including:

  • Jonathan Friesen, award-winning author of Jerk, California; The Last Martin, and Aldo’s Fantastical Movie Palace
  • Drew Guise, our chapter’s newest youth ambassador.

Parent, teachers, and students are welcome.

We hope to see you on March 23.

November Event

We hope you’ll join us on Monday, Nov. 5, for an evening of fun and fellowship with St. Louis native Marc Elliott, who has TS and inspires audiences across the country with his life story and words of advice on tolerance and perseverance in the face of adversity.

We’ll gather from 6 to 8 p.m. at Destiny Church, 1809 Des Peres Road, St. Louis, MO 63131. Enter through the back of the church, from the lower, rear parking lot.

Pizza and soda will be provided, along with teacher and parent information packets. We will also be selling copies of the brand new Family Guide to Tourette Syndrome, published by TSA National, for a special discounted price of only $10.

We hope to see you there; no RSVP necessary.

June Event

Bring your entire family and join the Greater Missouri TSA chapter from Noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, at the Family Golf and Learning Center, 3717 Tree Court Industrial Blvd., off Marshall Rd., in Valley Park, Mo.

The event will feature free miniature golf, free food (hot dog, chips, and soft drink), and a free bucket of golf balls for the driving range. You’ll also have an opportunity to speak with Craig Story, a professional golf instructor who has TS. (Note: We last visited the Center and Craig in May 2009.)

Please send an RSVP email to:

We look forward to seeing you.

April Event

In response to popular demand, our chapter will host a second “Teen Pizza Night” on Saturday, April 21, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at JJ Twiggs Pizza, 2964 Dougherty Ferry, Kirkwood, Mo.

Food and soft drinks will be covered by our chapter. Parents can either drop off their teenage children, or stay and visit with each other.

RSVP to Lynn Dunlap, by April 14, at either 314-984-9019 or

March Event

On Sunday, March 25, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., our chapter will sponsor two hours of bowling (including shoes and one beverage per child) at Brunswick Bowling, 1254 Dougherty Ferry Road, Valley Park, Mo.

RSVP to Diana Guise, by March 9, at either 636-938-3858 or

Feb. 9 Meet and Greet with Marc Elliot



Please join us for a special appearance by Marc Elliot on Thursday, Feb. 9, from 7 to 9 p.m., in Room 201a/b at the Kirkwood (Mo.) Community Center (111 South Geyer Road).

Marc has overcome a number of challenges. He was born with a rare digestive disease that left him with virtually no intestines. Then, at age nine, he developed Tourette’s Syndrome. Now twenty-six, Marc inspires audiences across the country with his life story, illustrating the importance of tolerance and appreciating others for their unique gifts. He is also the author of a brand new book, What Makes you Tic? (Marc will gladly sign copies. Bring your own or purchase one at the event for $15.)

This event is a great opportunity for TS kids, families, and educators to meet Marc and learn from his experience.

Light refreshments will be served.

Please contact Lynn Dunlap with questions:

Conference Scholarships Available

Funds have been established by TSA Board Members to assist those who wish to attend the TSA 40th Anniversary National Conference to be held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Va., in April.

Scholarship awards will be (a) based on need, (b) determined by the Conference Scholarship Committee, and (c) cover conference registration fees only; travel and hotel expenses will remain the responsibility of the award recipients.

Applications should be submitted as early as possible and no later than Friday, January 27, 2012, via one of the following methods:

  • Mail: TSA, 42-40 Bell Boulevard, Suite 205, Bayside, NY 11361
  • Email:
  • Fax: 718-279-9596

Awards will be announced by Friday, February 10, 2012.  All decisions of the Committee are final. 

Application Links

For more information, please contact Michelle Gutmann at 718-224-2999, ext. 258, or

Tourette Syndrome Camp Organization

The Tourette Syndrome Camp Organization will be hosting a children’s program during the Tourette Syndrome Association National Conference on Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21, 2012, in Alexandria, Virginia.

The same organization will host its 19th Annual Tourette Syndrome Camp USA from Sunday, June 24, until Saturday, June 30, 2012, at YMCA Camp Duncan in Ingleside, Illinois.

For more information, including registration forms, follow this link for the National Conference program, and this link for the summer camp.

2012 National Conference

The 2012 National Conference of the Tourette Syndrome Association (TSA) will be held April 19-22 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Va.

Conference sessions will cover a variety of topics, including an update on TS-related research plus sessions on impulse control, treatment, and much more.

In addition to TSA chapter and support-group leaders, this conference is appropriate for individuals with TS, as well as families, eduators, volunteers, and others who help them.

Early bird registration is now open until February 1. Please follow this link for more information about the conference or click here to register.

December Event

If your teens are looking for an opportunity to meet and socialize with other TS teens, the Missouri TSA chapter is hosting a teen pizza night on Saturday, December 10, from 7 to 9 p.m., at J.J. Twigs Pizza, 2964 Dougherty Ferry Rd. (at Dougherty Ferry and Big Bend) in St. Louis County.

Food and soft drinks will be covered by our chapter. Parents can either drop off their teenage children, or stay and visit with each other.

If interested, please contact Lynn Dunlap at by or before December 8. We hope to see you there.