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Midday Matinee – Tuesday’s Tale: The Meeting Society Meeting

January 22, 2013

Midday Matinee

Midday Matinee – Tuesday’s Tale: The Meeting Society Meeting

“I hereby call to order the first annual meeting of the Meeting Society,” Martin said. “Do we have a quorum?”

“Do we need one?” Nancy asked. (More)

Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break.

Welcome back to Tuesday’s Tale, a weekly feature where we collaborate to write a story. Previous Tuesday’s Tales include The Halftime Speech and Blue Light Special, A Jill Graber Story. We follow the basic rules of the “Yes, And” improvisational game – accept everything written so far as part of the story, and add your own paragraph (or so) where the last addition left off – except you needn’t begin your addition with “Yes, and.” I’ll start the story….


“How would we know if we have a quorum?” Otto asked. “We don’t have any bylaws. We’re not even sure who the members are.”

“In that case,” Martin said, surveying the dozen people in the room, “I’ll entertain a motion that everyone present at this first annual meeting be considered a member of the Meeting Society.”

“Umm, it’s not the first annual meeting,” Lisa objected. “By definition, you can’t have a ‘first annual’ meeting. It’s only ‘annual’ if it happens every year. So far, it hasn’t. I move we designate this the inaugural meeting of the Meeting Society. Next year will be the second annual meeting.”

“At this rate,” Kevin said to Jill, “we’ll be in the second annual meeting before we find out if we had a quorum for the first annual meeting.”

“Inaugural meeting,” Jill said, correcting him.

“We haven’t voted on that yet,” Martin noted. “In fact, we need a second on our first motion before we can discuss it.”

“We’re already discussing it,” Pete said.

“Not officially,” Rhonda said. “Unless we’ve decided not to use Roberts Rules of Order, in which case we might be discussing it officially.”

“We haven’t decided anything yet,” Nancy said. “We’re not even sure if we can.”

“Okay,” Martin said, drawing a deep breath. “Does anyone object to Lisa’s motion to designate this the inaugural meeting of the Meeting Society?”

“Are we sure she has standing to make a motion?” Pete asked.

“And does Pete have a legitimate objection?” Otto added.


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  • winterbanyan

    Martin threw up his hands. “We all got together to form a Meeting Society, right?”

    “Right,” came the chorus of answers.

    “So does anybody know how the hell you form a society before you have rules, by-laws and a membership?”

    Heads swiveled. Doubtful looks where exchanged. Finally Jill spoke.

    “There has to be a book somewhere with rules about how to start a society.”

  • addisnana

    “How about,” Pete said, “we just talk about why we got together and what the purpose of the Meeting Society may be before we get all tangled up in procedures. Does that make sense?”

    “I came,” said Sam “for the free food and drinks. I heard there would be fresh coffee and homemade brownies. After all, no meeting can run on empty stomachs. Every meeting, every society needs fuel. People who are chocolate deprived get cranky.”

    Rhonda replied, “If you think brownies are so important why didn’t you bring them? Do you expect the rest of us to read your mind and deliver on your every wish? Harrumph.”

    Martin tried to regain control of what he was beginning to see as nothing more than a hungry mob. He began to have new appreciation for Robert’s Rules. At least it gave things a pretense of order.

  • NCrissieB

    “We’re here to discuss meetings,” Martin said banging the table with his …

    … “I have nothing to bang the table,” he added. “I don’t have that whatchamacallit.”

    “Shoe?” Rhonda asked.

    “I’m not Khrushchev,” Martin said. “No, the thing a chair has.”

    “Legs?” Lisa suggested.

    “No,” Martin said. “A chair person!”

    “Rigor mortis!” Kevin said.

  • winterbanyan

    “The Rules,” Jill said, “have not yet allowed Martin to have a whatchmacallit, or even made him the chair.”

    Kevin looked at Nancy. “Who wants to turn Martin into a chair? Wouldn’t that hurt?”

    “Brownies sound good,” Nancy replied. “I’m having a severe chocolate craving from this discussion. Should we adjourn to the coffee shop?”

  • NCrissieB

    “We could,” Otto agreed. “They have brownies. And pie.”

    “We haven’t voted to adjourn yet,” Pete said.

    “We haven’t voted on Lisa’s motion yet,” Martin added.

    “But a motion to adjourn is a privileged motion,” Nancy said.

    “Only if we’re using Roberts Rules,” Lisa said. “And we haven’t voted on that yet either.”

    “We haven’t voted on anything,” Sam said. “If we keep this up for two hundred years, they’ll call us the Senate.”


    More silence.

    “Should we add a filibuster rule?” Rhonda suggested.

    “The coffee shop has apple pie,” Otto said. “With that crumbly stuff on top.”