“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)

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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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