Many professional societies (e.g. American Physical Society, American Chemical Society) have “Fellows,” a smallish class of members who for whatever reason are denoted as being more distinguished than the rest. The AMS doesn’t. Should we? The membership is asked to vote this year on creation of an AMS Fellows program. Such a vote has failed once before; at the time, the Notices ran an interesting point-counterpoint in which Ron Stern argued for the fellowship program and David Eisenbud argued against.
Readers: should there be AMS fellows or not?
Update: I should make it clear that I myself haven’t decided how to vote, so this is not a rhetorical question.