X-Message-Number: 13862
Date: Wed, 07 Jun 2000 12:02:20 -0600
From: Mathew Sullivan <>
Subject: Membership Growth

First of all I would like to say Hi to everyone since I've never posted on 
CryoNet before. I've been an employee of Alcor since the end of 1996, and 
started subscribing to CryoNet shortly thereafter.

The following is a rough draft article that will appear in the 3rd quarter 
of Cryonics Magazine, not the 2nd quarter that is due to go out this month.

Slow & Steady 
Mathew Sullivan 
Facility Operations Manager

I've noticed in recent conversations and through various media that most 
people are a little confused about membership growth, and growth rates. 1) 
Having a high growth rate is relatively easy when you don't have many 
members to begin with. 2) The definition of "membership" is often abused. 
Alcor's is "all arrangements for cryonic suspension in place." This figure 
does not include patients in suspension, associate members, magazine 
subscribers, etc.

*** "Alcor Members" graph omitted ***

To illustrate point 1), the best way to look at our long-term growth is to 
imagine an empty swimming pool that is being filed by a hose. Initially, 
the percentage of growth is very high. Liquid levels double in a matter of 
seconds, but then doubling quickly stretches out from seconds to hours.

*** "Accumulative Average Growth Rate Since 1984" graph omitted ***

*** "Yearly Membership Growth Rate" graph omitted ***

Looking at the details, 1985 was a banner year in Alcor's membership with a 
growth rate of 61.4%, a net increase of 27 new members, which was largely 
due to the absorption of Cryonics Society of South Florida. But if we were 
to add 27 new members to Alcor's current membership of 483 (as of May), 
that would be equal to a growth rate of 5.6%. Alcor's growth rate in 1999 
was 8.2%

1991 was also an important year with a net increase of 90 members, which 
was an increase of 45%. Many have argued however, that high growth in the 
late 80's and through the early 90's was a combination of the publicity 
from the Dora Kent crisis and that Alcor raised its suspension minimums. 
There was a burst of new members who wanted to be grandfathered into the 
previous pricing structure.

*** "Net Member Increase" graph omitted ***

Between the early and mid 90's there was a dramatic drop in our growth 
rate, climaxing in 1994 with a net loss of 14 members. This was primarily 
due to the split that led to the formation of CryoCare, the year that Alcor 
moved to Arizona.

By March 1995, according to Joe Hovey's notes, Alcor had a total of 89 
ex-members since ~1990. 52 members had switched to CryoCare, 17 were 
cancelled for non-payment of dues, and 20 for miscellaneous reasons or 

Alcor's average growth rate per year since the split has been 6.3%, or a 
net growth of 25.6 new members per year. Not nearly as high as we would 
like, but we are steadily growing. 

With the recent influx of Ex-CryoCare members you might expect to see a 
spike in membership growth. In fact, net growth in the 1st half of 2000 
has dropped slightly due to the fact that Linda Chamberlain, Diane Huper, 
and Karla Steen have performed an exhaustive overhaul of our membership 
files and have found a number of members whose financial arrangements were 

inadequate. Many of these situations are being resolved, but a number of 
others have resulted in cancellation of membership.

*** "Applicants In The Signup Process" graph omitted ***

Although secure funding is important for Alcor's long term viability (see 
article by Linda Chamberlain in 2nd quarter Cryonics) it is always a 
serious matter to see a membership cancelled and it does have a long term 
affect on the growth rate.

In spite of this housekeeping and general strengthening of Alcor's 
long-term viability, if you hear someone preaching that the sky is falling, 
that our movement is dying, ignore them because the evidence clearly states 

End of Article

Since the graphs were omitted, I'll include the following information:

Year/Members/Added/% Increase


Mathew Sullivan ()
Facility Operations Manager

Alcor Life Extension Foundation
Non-profit cryonic suspension services since 1972.
7895 E. Acoma Dr., Suite 110, Scottsdale AZ 85260-6916
Membership Information: (877) GO-ALCOR (462-5267)
Phone (480) 905-1906   FAX (480) 922-9027
 for general requests


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