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call a/the meeting to order

To declare that a meeting is officially underway. You can still slip into the conference room—no one has called the meeting to order yet.
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call a meeting to order and call the meeting to order

to announce that a meeting is about to begin. The chair called the meeting to order. The meeting will be called to order at noon.
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As I prepared to call the meeting to order in Dana Point, I paused for a brief moment to reflect on my twenty years of membership in TEI, and to consider just how many of the professional milestones in my career had been connected in some way to my involvement with TEL I remember thinking about that journey as I first thanked the Board for its support and then began articulating my vision for the coming year, under the theme of "Embracing Change, Building on Tradition.
The boss is about to call the meeting to order, there is some friendly banter going around and the company creep will say loud enough for all to hear, so how was the party, good fun, too bad I missed it, was busy with the annual report, you know, just couldn't get away, believe it went on till the early hours.
When necessary, I become chairman and call the meeting to order, but I have found this method gets results because everyone has his chance of voicing his opinion on any suggestions or move.
An angry murmur fills the room while General Gates prepares to call the meeting to order.
Tony Lloyd, chairman of the Parliamentary Labour party, will then stand up and call the meeting to order.
Our metro editor, David Fritze, brought in a bicycle horn that we honk [an idea lifted from the San Diego Union-Tribune] to call the meeting to order.
The president or vice president should call the meeting to order at the appointed hour.
You call the meeting to order and ask your wife and her lover if they intend to continue to enjoy their extra-marital sex life.