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Date: Thu, 6 Mar 2008 00:14:34 -0800
From: "Depressed Metabolism" <>
Subject: Cryonics Oregon first meeting summary

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First Cryonics Oregon Meetup.

Upon moving to Oregon, my husband Aschwin and I coordinated a meeting of
cryonicists in the area, sending out email and Facebook invitations to Alcor
and CI members in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, as well as posting
announcements on CryoNet and other associated forums where interested
parties would be likely to find them. The result of this endeavor was the
Cryonics Oregon Meetup held on Saturday, March 1, 2008   the first such
meeting to be held in Oregon in a decade.

By all accounts, the meeting was a success. A total of ten people attended,
which was at least double what we had anticipated. We spent the first part
of the meeting getting to know one another and each person's cryonics
background, which was varied but notable for the fact that we were populated
by several long-time (10+ years) cryonics members, with various degrees of
cryonics experience. No fewer than 3 members of group have been employed in

The remainder of the meeting was spent in discussing what members can and
should do to ensure that their cryonics wishes are carried out, especially
in the case of those whose family members do not accept their "end-of-life"
choice to be cryopreserved. Besides one's contract for service with a
cryonics organization and proof of funding, several other steps may be taken
to optimize your chances of cryopreservation in a timely fashion. We also
discussed how Oregon's "right to die" laws might be used to benefit the care
of cryonics patients.

Printouts of Oregon's Advance Directive form (
http://www.oregon.gov/DCBS/SHIBA/docs/advance_directive_form.pdf) were given
to all attendees, who were encouraged to appoint as their health
representative a person who would respect their decision. It was brought to
our attention by Jordan Sparks that Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 97.130 also
provides a means for Oregonians to appoint a person to make decisions
concerning the disposition of remains (


Additionally, as stated on Jordan's website (http://www.oregoncryo.com),
"according to ORS 97.952 and the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act (UAGA), an
individual has the right to donate their body to a specific organization.
This provides us a backup legal basis for taking control of the body. It
also immediately supersedes any preference that may have been indicated
earlier on a driver's license. Further, it specifies that the donation
should take place as soon as possible and without embalming or autopsy." The
Uniform Donor Form may be obtained here:

Before the majority of attendees left, Jordan Sparks discussed his vision of
building a strong infrastructure for cryonics in Oregon. He described a very
long-term plan culminating in full stabilization, transport, and long-term
care capabilities. Though several people had to leave at this point, others
remained to discuss a plan of action towards these ends. For the near term
future we expect to create some modest capability to perform basic standby,
stabilization and transport procedures for cryonics members in the Pacific
Northwest, and Oregon in particular.

Attendees of the meeting expressed a desire for frequent meetings. Ideas for
future meetings were discussed and ranged from training and practice in
basic cryonics procedures to social activities. During our next meeting we
intend show a short film by Cryonics Oregon Meetup member Kumar
Krishnamsetty, a young Portland film maker who has featured cryonics in his

I also maintain a mailing list for cryonicists in Oregon. If you would like
more information or attend the next meeting, please send an email to

A Yahoo Groups mailing list for cryonicists or those interested in cryonics
in the Greater Northwest can be found here:

 If you have a Facebook account, you can find us here as well:

Chana de Wolf


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