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.
The next Board meeting is scheduled for Sunday, December 6, 2009, at the Alcor facility (7895 East Acoma Drive in Scottsdale, AZ) at 11:00 AM (PT). Members and the public are encouraged to attend.
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”
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.
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.
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.
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.