Council: Tuesday, 1:30 p.m.
Business Meeting: Saturday, 11:45 a.m.
The secretary notes the following resolution of the Council:
Each person who attends a business meeting of the Society
shall be willing and able to identify himself as a member
of the Society. In further explanation, it is noted that
each person who is to vote at a meeting is thereby identifying
himself as and claiming to be a member of the American
Mathematical Society. The Society has a Committee on the
Agenda for Business Meetings. The purpose is to make business
meetings orderly and effective. The committee does not
have legal or administrative power. It is intended that
the committee consider what may be called "quasipolitical"
motions. The committee has several possible courses of
action on a proposed motion, including but not restricted
(a) doing nothing,
(b) conferring with supporters and opponents to arrive
at a mutually accepted amended version to be circulated
in advance of the meeting,
(c) recommending and planning a format for debate to
suggest to a business meeting,
(d) recommending referral to a committee, and
(e) recommending debate followed by referral to a committee.
There is no mechanism that requires automatic submission
of a motion to the committee. However, if a motion has
not been submitted through the committee, it may be thought
reasonable by a business meeting to refer it rather than
to act on it without benefit of the advice of the committee.
In order that a motion for this business meeting receive
the service offered by the committee in the most effective
manner, it should be in the hands of the secretary by
December 10, 2003.