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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.
See also: call, meeting, order
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The Kingston Branch started the year on January 23rd with our new President, Dean Taylor, calling the meeting to order.
When we all get to Miami and the first day of business gets underway; I have the privilege of calling the meeting to order one last time, and it will hit me: How did five years go by so fast?
No amount of thinking about leading a meeting can ever fully prepare someone for the experience of calling the meeting to order.
Immediately after calling the meeting to order, outgoing Chairman Sorenson reminded the commissioners that "under the Lane County charter, at the first regularly scheduled meeting of the year, we elect a board chairman.
I remember nervously calling the meeting to order, wondering what our full day of dialogue would bring.