I was transferred to the class of Fellow in 1979 and have always regarded it as a great honour for which I had to work hard for many years.
I was also honoured by the Institution two years ago by the award of the 50 years membership certificate for which I am indeed grateful.
The ICE is absolutely correct in insisting that Fellowships should be earned and not awarded like a long service and good conduct medal.
In any case there is no such thing as a free lunch.
FREDERICK M RAWSON (F), firstname.lastname@example.org