Section 9.1 Right to Amend or Terminate. The Board reserves the right at any time from time to time to modify, suspend, amend, or terminate the Plan in whole or in part; provided, however, that no such amendment or termination shall adversely affect the existing rights of any Participant or Beneficiary under the Plan who at such time is receiving benefits, or of any member of the Board who has five or more years of Board membership.
Section 9.2 Board Member Relationships. Nothing contained herein shall be deemed to give any Board member the right to be continued as a member of the Board, to modify or affect the terms of Board membership or to interfere with the right of shareholders of the Corporation to elect members of the Board.
Section 9.3 Nonalienation of Benefits. To the extent permitted by law, no amount payable under the Plan shall be subject in any manner to anticipation, alienation, sale, transfer, assignment, garnishment, pledge or encumbrance. Any attempt to anticipate, alienate, sell, transfer, assign, attach, pledge or encumber the same shall be void, and no amount payable under the Plan shall be in any manner liable to or subject to the debts, contracts, liabilities, engagements or torts of any Participant or Beneficiary.
Section 9.4 Payments to Minors and Incompetents. If a Participant or any other person entitled to receive any benefit hereunder is deemed by the Committee or is adjudged to be legally incapable of giving valid receipt and discharge for such benefit, or is a minor, such benefit shall be paid to such person(s) as the Committee may designate or to a duly appointed guardian. Any such payment shall be in complete discharge of the liability of the Plan to the Participant or any such other person.
Section 9.5 Required Information. Each Participant shall file with the Committee such pertinent information concerning himself/herself, his/her Spouse, children or other dependents or any other person as the Committee may specify, and no Participant, Spouse, Beneficiary or other person shall have any rights or be entitled to any benefits under the Plan unless such information is filed by or with respect to him/her.
Section 9.6 Missing Persons. If the Committee cannot ascertain the whereabouts of any person to whom a payment is due under the Plan, and if, after five years from the date such payment is due, a notice of such payment due is mailed to the last known address of such person, as shown on the records of the Committee, and within three months after such mailing such person has not made written claim therefor, the Committee, if it so elects, may direct that such payment and all remaining payments otherwise due to such person be permanently canceled.
Section 9.7 Gender and Number. Wherever used herein, the masculine gender shall include the feminine gender and the singular shall include the plural, unless the context indicates otherwise.