Is it ever okay to refer to something as being the first annual meeting?
It’s the first, not the first annual. Never use the term first annual.
It’s either the first meeting or the inaugural meeting. Inaugural means first.
In fact, I recall a college professor informing me that you cannot even describe a meeting as annual until it has taken place two back-to-back years.
This tells me you shouldn’t use the term second annual either.
Therefore, you can attend the first meeting, the second meeting, and then the third annual meeting.
My hope for you in 2022 is that your meetings and events are so wildly popular and productive that you end up holding the seventh annual and even the twenty-first annual events years down the road.
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