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New Statistics (as of November 30, 2009)

Membership
Alcor had 908 members on its Emergency Responsibility List. Four (4) memberships were approved during this month, no memberships were reinstated, two (2) memberships were cancelled and no members were cryopreserved. Overall, there was a net gain of two (2) members this month.

Applicant
Alcor had 71 applicants for membership. Six (6) new applicants were added, four (4) applicants were converted to members and no applicants were cancelled resulting in a net gain of two (2) 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.

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.

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.

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.

New Statistics (as of July)

Membership
Alcor currently has 892 members on its Emergency Responsibility List. Three memberships were approved, no memberships were reinstated, no memberships were cancelled and one member was cryopreserved. Overall, there was a net gain of two members this month.
Applicant
Alcor had 61 applicants for membership. Seven new applicants were added, three applicants were converted to members and three applicants were cancelled resulting in net gain of one applicant for this month.
Info Pack
There were 204 information packet requests. Nine were handed out during facility tours or from special requests. The average total of 160 information packets sent per month in 2009 is compared to 173 in 2008.

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New Statistics (As of June)

Membership
Alcor had 891 members on its Emergency Responsibility List. Four memberships were approved during this month, two memberships were reinstated, one membership was cancelled and no members were cryopreserved. Overall, there was a net gain of five members this month.

Applicant
Alcor had 60 applicants for membership. Ten new applicants were added, four (4) applicants were converted to members and two (2) applicants were cancelled resulting in net gain of 4 applicants for this month.

Info Pack
249 info packs were requested this month, 7 were handed out during facility tours or from special request. The average total of 151 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:
27,071 May
30,845 June
23,794 July
23,087 August
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

Administrative Update

Membership Statistics
For the month of December 2008, Alcor had 875 members on its Emergency Responsibility List. 2 memberships were approved; no memberships were reinstated; 1 membership was cancelled; and no members were cryopreserved. Overall, there was a net gain of 1 member.

2008 Membership Statistics
Finalized — 72
Reinstated — 3
Cancelled — 32
Cryopreserved — 6
Net Gain — 37

TOTAL MEMBERS — 875
ANNUAL GROWTH — 3.1%

For the month of January 2009, Alcor had 876 members on its Emergency Responsibility List. 3 memberships were approved; 1 membership were reinstated; 3 memberships were cancelled; and no members were cryopreserved. Overall, there was a net gain of 1 member.

Applicant Statistics
For the month of December 2008, Alcor had 62 applicants for membership. Eight new applicants were added; 2 applicants were converted to members; no applicants were cancelled. Overall, there was a net gain of 6 applicants.

2008 – Number of Applicants
January — 55
February — 64
March — 68
April — 67
May — 66
June — 68
July — 67
August — 62
September — 62
October — 61
November — 61
December — 62

For the month of January 2009, Alcor had 65 applicants for membership. Seven new applicants were added; 3 applicants were converted to members; 1 applicant was cancelled. Overall, there was a net gain of 3 applicants.

Information Packet Statistics
For the month of December 2008, Alcor received 147 information packet requests; 7 were handed out during facility tours or from special request. 173 was the average total number of information packets sent per month in 2008 as compared to 129 in 2007.

2008 Information Packet Statistics
January — 275
February — 225
March — 169
April — 316
May — 274
June — 87*
July — 136*
August — 130*
September — 95*
October — 130
November — 88*
December — 147

TOTAL SENT — 2076
*due to computer issues this number is lower than usual.

For the month of January 2009, Alcor received 148 information packet requests; 14 were handed out during facility tours or from special request. 148 was the average total number of information packets sent per month in 2009 as compared to 173 in 2008.

Administrative Updates

Info Pack Statistics
88 info packs were requested this month, 5 were handed out during facility tours or from special request. The average total of 175 info packs sent per month in 2008 is compared to 129 in 2007.

Membership Statistics
On November 30, 2008, Alcor had 874 members on its Emergency Responsibility List and 56 applicants for membership. 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.

Administrative Updates

Jennifer Chapman named Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer
Discussions between the board of directors and Alcor management regarding recent changes in Jennifer Chapman‘s role and responsibilities prompted the board to vote to change Jennifer Chapman’s title to Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, per the Bylaws provision that requires CFO to be Treasurer. Jennifer will direct the organization’s financial affairs and maintain its fiscal records, including evaluating and implementing internal controls, preparing budgets, producing internal financial statements, and overseeing financial reviews conducted by an outside accounting firm. Jennifer serves on the Financial Advisory Committee formed in July 2008.

Membership Services
There were a total of nine new members this month. Growth in 2009 is expected to be a substantial improvement over 2006 and 2007, although there is still room for improvement. Remember, cryonics grows the fastest when existing members and supporters talk with friends and loved ones about cryonics and Alcor’s program.

Administrative Statistics

Membership
On August 31, 2008, Alcor had 857 members on its Emergency Responsibility List. Two memberships were approved during this month, no memberships were reinstated, eight memberships were cancelled and no members were cryopreserved. Overall, there was a net loss of six members this month. Seven members were cancelled due to insufficient funding and one cancellation was due to member request. This month Alcor’s membership agreements were revised to change the word “suspension” to “cryopreservation”, the preferred term for describing Alcor’s procedure. These documents are available at our website in the Alcor Library section.

Applicants
At the end of September Alcor had 62 applicants for membership. Two new applicants were added, and two applicants were converted to members.

Information Packets
130 info packs were requested in September, and eight were handed out during facility tours or from special request. The average total of 202 info packs sent per month in 2008 is compared to 129 in 2007.