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.

Administrative Statistics

Membership On July 31, 2008, Alcor had 863 members on its Emergency Responsibility List. Four memberships were approved during this month, no memberships were reinstated, six memberships were cancelled and one member was cryopreserved.

Applicants Currently there are 67 applicants for membership. Three new applicants were added, 4 applicants were converted to members.

Information Packets 143 info packs were requested this month, 7 were handed out during facility tours or from special request. The average total of 213 info packs sent per month in 2008 is compared to 129 in 2007.

Administrative Statistics

Membership:
Alcor has 865 members on its Emergency Responsibility List. Ten memberships were approved during this month, no memberships were reinstated, three memberships were cancelled and one member was cryopreserved. Overall, there was a net gain of six members this month.

Current membership demographics are as follows:
Males – 667 Females – 198
Members signed for Neurosuspension – 405
Members signed for Whole Body – 400
Members signed for OO or N/WB – 60

We currently have approximately 38 families (variation of parents and siblings) and 30 married couples

Applicants:
Alcor has 66 applicants for membership.

Information Packets:
Alcor received 274 information packet requests, 8 were handed out during facility tours or from special requests. The average total of 252 info packs sent per month in 2008 as compared to 129 in 2007.

Membership and Applicant Growth

On March 31, 2008, Alcor had 851 members on its Emergency Responsibility List. Eleven memberships were finalized in March. We started emailing the applicants to forewarn them when extended fees are to be applied to their account. By giving them over a month of warning, they have time to finish their membership arrangements and avoid the fee.

We received 16 new applicants this month. We started offering prospective members the opportunity to complete their membership application over the phone. This time-saving option has been received quite positively.

We are pleased with recent efforts to increase the applicant queue. More applications have been submitted in the past four months (64) than the total number of applications submitted in the first eleven months of 2007 (51).

Alcor’s free information package is also being requested by prospective members via Alcor’s website 215 times monthly, exceeding the previous yearly average of 150 requests per month. Also subscription to Cryonics Magazine has more than tripled in the last six months.

Membership Growth on the Rise

Several new efforts to increase membership, largely revolving around improving personal contact with prospective applicants and extending them promotional offers, have doubled the typical number of incoming applicants per month. Additionally, 65 applications for membership with Alcor have been submitted since December 2007, surpassing the total number of applications submitted in the first eleven months of 2007 (51).

In February, Alcor received 12 incoming applications and 3 new members were finalized. Thus far in March, 13 applications have been received, suggesting that the growth presently being enjoyed by Alcor is a sustainable trend.

Subscription to Cryonics Magazine, Alcor’s quarterly, four-color magazine, has more than tripled in the last six months. This is largely due to a promotional offer giving away complimentary subscriptions to those interested in learning more about Alcor’s program. In 2008, Alcor plans to increase to 2000 copies of each magazine issue.

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2007 Membership Directory

We apologize if your name was not published in this year’s directory. The way we approached it was to require anyone who wanted to be included to fill out a special form, which was sent in August. Although nearly half our members filled out the form, there were several who overlooked it.

Next year, we plan to do multiple mailings, so as to minimize the chances of the form being overlooked by people who want to be included. We also plan to allow people to give “perpetual” permission for inclusion, as there are several members who are very open about their membership arrangements.

2007 Membership Directory

Alcor received an overwhelming response from its members who asked to be included in the 2007 Alcor Membership Directory. Nearly half of Alcor’s members requested to be included, although all members will receive a copy of the directory in the next few weeks. Even those who aren’t listed are encouraged to use the contacts listed to form local support groups. The purpose of the directory is to bring members together. Those who form a new group that meets regularly are encouraged to contact Alcor for announcement of the group to a wider audience, which spurs new attendees. One caveat – Alcor asks members to respect the privacy of those included in the directory by not taking the directory to public places or sharing it with non-members.

Membership and Public Affairs

On November 30, 2006, Alcor had 821 members on its Emergency Responsibility List. Two memberships were approved during this month, no memberships were reinstated, no memberships were cancelled and no members were cryopreserved. Overall, there was a net gain of two members this month.

Madison Magazine: Tanya Jones granted an interview to this Australian women’s general interest magazine. An interview with a female member of Alcor was also arranged.
Gulf Coast Times: This Florida-based magazine requested an interview for their periodical, which is provided to hotels, airports, and other frequently visited locations.
Where’s My Jetpack?: After editing the excerpt about cryonics, Alcor provided photos for this book discussing recent progress in technologies currently considered futuristic.