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Alcor Membership Dues 2010 Increase

As the year comes to a close, we would like to express our sincere appreciation to all of our supporters during 2009. The success of our mission truly relies upon you.

One of the primary ways our members support the organization is through the payment of membership dues. Alcor charges membership dues to support the advancement of its programs and to help defray the costs of equipment and supplies, administrative expenses, professional services, and other similar expenses. Alcor’s last dues increase was eight years ago, in 2002. Since then, the CPI-U (a frequently cited measure of inflation) has increased by nearly 20%. Alcor’s expense budget has accommodated this significant increase in general cost levels without any corresponding increase in revenue from member dues.

In light of this, and considering the need to address Alcor’s current operating budget deficit, the Alcor board of directors approved a 20% dues increase effective January 2010. Comprehensive Member Standby charges and Life Member dues remain unchanged.

See our updated fee schedule (III. Membership Dues), which will apply as of January 2010.

Team Training

Update–Southern California Transport Team Training
The times for the training sessions are as follows:
Saturday, December 12, 2009, 10:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 13, 2009, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

To read more about “Southern California Transport Team Training & CryoFeast

Team Training
The Northern California Response Team training was held on October 10th and 11th. John Schloendorn and Eri Gentry graciously provided their home in Mountain View, California to host and participate in the meeting. Eleven (11) people attended the training session which also included members that have previously participated in case work and new team members becoming acquainted with our process for the very first time. The team received all brand new equipment and supplies. The training was conducted by Aaron Drake and Eric Vogt.

New Statistics (as of October 31, 2009)

Membership
Alcor currently has 906 members on its Emergency Responsibility List. Four (4) memberships were approved during this month, no memberships were reinstated, three (3) memberships were cancelled and no members were cryopreserved. Overall, there was a net gain of one (1) member this month.

Applicant
Alcor has 69 applicants for membership. Eleven (11) new applicants were added, four (4) applicants were converted to members and no applicants were cancelled resulting in net gain of 7 applicants for this month.

Info Pack
Alcor received 324 info pack requests. Seven (7) were handed out during facility tours or from special request. The average total of 182 info packs sent per month in 2009 is compared to 173 in 2008.

Southern California Transport Team Training & CryoFeast

Saturday and Sunday, December 12 – 13, 2009
This training is free and open to members of any cryonics organization, or anyone with a strong interest in cryonics who would like to join the Southern California Transport Team. Cryopreservations are helped by having local area cryonicists volunteering and working together. Attending a hands-on training session gives you the tools and knowledge on what to do and how to do it.

During training you will get hands on experience with standby stabilization equipment. Aaron Drake, Alcor Transport Coordinator will be instructing the training session.

Whether or not you are interested in volunteering for this cryonicist community, this is an excellent time to learn more about the process of cryopreservation. You will also learn about the stand-by process, what team members do, and how optimal cryopreservation is aided by local community volunteers.

Anyone interested in being on the Southern California Transport Team as a team member should contact: Michael Geisen at mgeisen@gmail.com.

Alcor CryoFeast 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 6:00 pm

There will be a CryoFeast following Saturday’s training session. For more information, directions and to RSVP, please contact: Michael Geisen at mgeisen@gmail.com

Personnel Changes

Alcor is pleased to announce the appointment of Bonnie Magee to the position of Finance Director. Bonnie comes to us with nearly a decade of experience in business audits and reviews. She will utilize her expertise and problem-solving initiative to undertake a wide variety of financial challenges. We would like to thank Sheila Kimbrell for her years of service at Alcor and wish her the best of luck in the future.

Another staff change that has taken place is the departure of Regina Pancake. We would like to express our appreciation for her contributions as Alcor’s Readiness Coordinator since 2007. We wish her well in her future endeavors.

Readiness

Member Watch
Alcor currently has 8 members on our “watch list”. These individual situations range from pre-operative awareness and post-operative follow-up to monitoring the status of fragile members due to age and/or current medical conditions.

New Statistics (as of September 30, 2009)

Membership
Alcor has 905 members on its Emergency Responsibility List. Five memberships were approved during this month; no memberships were reinstated; three memberships were cancelled; and no members were cryopreserved. Overall, there was a net gain of two members this month.

Applicant
Alcor has 62 applicants for membership. Seven new applicants were added; five applicants were converted to members; and no applicants were cancelled resulting in net gain of 2 applicants for this month.

Info Pack
Alcor received 136 info pack requests. Eleven were handed out during facility tours or from special request. The average total of 167 info packs sent per month in 2009 is compared to 173 in 2008.

Site Access
The number of distinct computers that accessed the Alcor website in each of the past thirteen months are:
23,083 September
24,261 October
23,218 November
35,020 December
35,741 January
31,625 February
28,479 March
29,313 April
27,819 May
26,770 June
30,857 July
28,739 August
27,544 September

The website working group reported that on October 2nd, the web traffic was fifteen times more than usual.

Upcoming Team Training Sessions

The Regional Response Teams play an invaluable role by assisting Alcor in providing localized response support for their fellow cryonicists. Whether an immediate response is needed due to a member’s clinical death or assistance is needed in the event of a medical standby, team members can rightfully feel that they are helping people whose lives can no longer be maintained by current medical practices.

We encourage Alcor members and volunteers who are interested in being part of a response team to attend local training sessions. Those who want to learn more about what would happen in the event of a stabilization and transport, or just want to meet and interact with other local members, are also encouraged to attend. Upcoming meetings are as follows:

Scottsdale, AZ: On Sunday, September 27, 2009, Alcor will hold a training session for the Arizona Response Team. This will be held at Alcor Central in Scottsdale, AZ from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.

San Jose, CA: The Northern California Response Team training has been scheduled for Saturday, October 10th and Sunday, October 11th. The hosting team leader will be Tim Freeman, however a location has yet to be determined.

Please get the word out to anyone that may be interested so that we will have strong regional teams!

To RSVP to the training sessions, please contact Aaron Drake at aaron@alcor.org or Regina Pancake at regina