Members of learned societies are markedly passive when it comes to the business affairs and even policies of their associations. They leave these matters to a group of elected few. As long as the member receives his publications and has the opportunity to present papers and exchange views with his fellows at meetings, he feels that all his further obligations to the Union are covered by a bit of mild grumbling about the dues and the officers. Some may scan the minutes of the Council and wonder how people can spend a whole day transacting so little business. Many never even go that far.