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Section 1: 8-K (FORM 8-K)




United States

Securities And Exchange Commission

Washington, DC 20549

Form 8-K

Current Report


Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of report (Date of earliest event reported):  April 25, 2019
NorthWest Indiana Bancorp
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)
Indiana 0-26128 35-1927981
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation) (Commission File Number) (IRS Employer Identification No.)
9204 Columbia Avenue, Munster, Indiana 46321
(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)
(219) 836-4400
(Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code)
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)


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Item 5.07.Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders


On April 25, 2019, NorthWest Indiana Bancorp (the “Bancorp”), held its Annual Meeting of Shareholders pursuant to due notice. Only holders of the Bancorp’s common stock at the close of business on February 22, 2019 were entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting. Holders of a total of 2,860,668 shares were present in person or by proxy at the meeting, constituting a quorum.


The Bancorp’s shareholders voted on four proposals at the Annual Meeting. The proposals are described in detail in the Bancorp’s Definitive Proxy Statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 11, 2019. The final results of the votes regarding each proposal are set forth below.


Proposal 1: The Bancorp’s shareholders elected three directors to the following terms. The votes regarding this proposal were as follows:




Expiration of Term


Votes For




Broker Non-Votes

Edward J. Furticella  2022  2,231,568    3,926  625,174
Joel Gorelick  2022  2,232,412    3,082  625,174
Amy W. Han, Ph.D.  2022  2,199,198  36,296  625,174


Proposal 2: The proposition described below, having received a vote, in person or by proxy, of more favorable votes than votes cast against the proposition, was declared to be duly adopted by the shareholders of the Bancorp.








Approval and ratification of the appointment of Plante & Moran, PLLC as auditors for NorthWest Indiana Bancorp for the year ended December 31, 2019  2,852,587  449  7,632


Proposal 3: The proposition described below, having received an advisory vote, in person or by proxy, of more favorable votes than votes cast against the proposition, was declared to have been adopted:


   For  Against  Abstain  Broker Non-Votes
Approval, on a non-binding advisory basis, of the executive compensation paid to the named executive officers of the Bancorp as disclosed in the proxy statement for the Annual Meeting  2,100,763  112,750  21,981  625,174





Proposal 4: The Bancorp’s shareholders voted, on a non-binding advisory basis, indicating their preference on the frequency of the shareholder vote on the executive compensation of the Bancorp’s named executive officers, as follows:


One year  1,371,815
Two years  15,835
Three years  824,762
Abstain  23,082
Broker Non-Votes  625,174


At the Annual Meeting, shareholders cast over 62% of votes in favor of holding future “say-on-pay” votes on an annual basis. The Bancorp’s Board of Directors had recommended a vote for annual frequency of say-on-pay votes. In light of this result and other factors it considered, the Board has determined that the Bancorp will hold future say-on-pay votes on an annual basis until the next advisory vote on the frequency of say-on-pay votes occurs. The next advisory vote regarding the frequency of say-on-pay votes is required to occur no later than the Bancorp’s 2025 Annual Meeting of Shareholders.


No other matters were considered or voted upon at the Annual Meeting.







Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereto duly authorized.



Date: April 25, 2019 NorthWest Indiana Bancorp
  By:  /s/ Benjamin J. Bochnowski
    Benjamin J. Bochnowski
    President and Chief Executive Officer




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