X-Message-Number: 10047
Date: Sun, 12 Jul 1998 16:25:04 EDT
Subject: CI growth

Cryonics Institute's membership was noted by Paul Wakfer as not being
regularly reported.

I have previously explained that CI does not publish membership totals because
we do not count them the same way others do, and we don't want to create a
false impression. To repeat: As I understand it, the organizations that charge
annual dues drop a member from the rolls if he doesn't pay. CI does not charge
annual dues (unless you want voting rights); once a CI member, always a CI
member, unless you specifically ask to be de-listed. 

However, the point of Paul's post was growth in cryonics. CI has had nine new
members in the first half of 1998--a growth rate of very roughly 10%. Nothing
dramatic, but plodding along. Several others appear nearly ready to join.

We have also had six new patients, an increase of 26%, or over 52% annualized.
That would indeed be dramatic, if continued, but of course the sample is too
small to mean much.

Robert Ettinger
Cryonics Institute
Immortalist Society

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