This excerpt taken from the CFNL DEF 14A filed Mar 30, 2009.
PROPOSALS FOR 2010 ANNUAL MEETING
Under the regulations of the SEC, any shareholder desiring to make a proposal to be acted upon at the 2010 annual meeting of shareholders must cause such proposal to be received, in proper form, at our principal executive offices at 8270 Greensboro Drive, Suite 500, McLean, Virginia 22102, no later than November 30, 2009 in order for the proposal to be considered for inclusion in our Proxy Statement for that meeting. It is urged that any such proposals be sent by certified mail, return receipt requested.
Our Bylaws also prescribe the procedures that a shareholder must follow to nominate directors or to bring other business before shareholders' meetings. Under the Bylaws, notice of a proposed nomination or a shareholder proposal meeting certain specified requirements must be received by us not less than 60 nor more than 90 days prior to any meeting of shareholders called for the election of directors, provided in each case that, if fewer than 70 days' notice of the meeting is given to shareholders, such written notice shall be received not later than the close of the 10th day following the day on which notice of the meeting was mailed to shareholders. Assuming a date of April 23, 2010 for the 2010 annual meeting of shareholders, we must receive any notice of nomination or other business no later than February 22, 2010 and no earlier than January 23, 2010.
Our Bylaws require that the shareholder's notice set forth as to each nominee (i) the name, age, business address and residence address of such nominee, (ii) the principal occupation or employment of such nominee, (iii) the class and number of shares of the Company that are beneficially owned by such nominee, and (iv) any other information relating to such nominee that is required under federal securities laws to be disclosed in solicitations of proxies for the election of directors, or is otherwise required (including, without limitation, such nominee's written consent to being named in a proxy statement as nominee and to serving as a director if elected). Our Bylaws further require that the shareholder's notice set forth as to the shareholder giving the notice (i) the name and address of such shareholder and (ii) the class and amount of such shareholder's beneficial ownership of our capital stock. If the information supplied by the shareholder is deficient in any material aspect or if the foregoing procedure is not followed, the chairman of the annual meeting may determine that such shareholder's nomination should not be brought before the annual meeting and that such nominee shall not be eligible for election as a director of the Company. Any shareholder may obtain a copy of our Bylaws, without charge, upon written request to the Secretary of the Company.