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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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First, the chair or vice chair calls the meeting to order, welcomes the general public, introduces members of the working group, and states the purpose of the meeting.
The Stocking and Bonding club's president calls the meeting to order using a meat tenderizer for a gavel.
A legislator in Carson City calls the meeting to order.
The Company will announce a specific time and place for the reconvened meeting when it calls the meeting to order on March 13 and this information will also be contained in its supplemental proxy material, which will include a new proxy card for use by stockholders who have not yet voted or might wish to change their vote.