This excerpt taken from the COLB DEF 14A filed Mar 23, 2009.
TO BE HELD APRIL 22, 2009
1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center 1500 Broadway, Tacoma, Washington
ITEMS OF BUSINESS
(1) To elect nine directors to serve on the Board until the 2010 Annual Meeting of Shareholders.
(2) To amend Columbias Amended and Restated Stock Option and Equity Compensation Plan to increase the number of
shares available under the plan.
(3) To amend Columbias Employee Stock Purchase Plan to increase the number of shares available under the plan.
(4) To consider and approve an advisory (non-binding) resolution on Columbias executive
(5) To ratify the appointment of Deloitte & Touche LLP as the Companys independent registered public
accountants for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2009.
(6) To transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting or any adjournment
You are entitled to vote at the annual meeting and at any adjournments or postponements thereof if you were a shareholder at the close of business on Monday, March 2, 2009.
VOTING BY PROXY
Please submit your proxy card as soon as possible so that your shares can be voted at the annual meeting in accordance with your instructions. For specific instructions on voting, please refer
to the instructions in the proxy statement and on your enclosed proxy form.
By Order of the Board
Cathleen L. Dent
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