First, France Córdova; Jere Drummond, who is Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee; Tommy Frist, who is Chair of the Finance Committee; John Hamre, who is Chair of the Classified Business Oversight Committee; Mim John; Anita Jones, who is Chair of the Ethics and Corporate Responsibility Committee; John Jumper, who is Chief Executive Officer of the company; Harry Kraemer, who is the Chair of the Audit Committee; Larry Nussdorf; Sandy Sanderson, who is the Chair of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee. And enthusiastic applause will be now accepted.

Thank you very much. Also present today from Deloitte & Touche, who is our -- the company's auditor, is Mike Condro, who is available to answer any appropriate questions as we go through the meeting. And Mike, would you stand please again? Okay, thank you.

Mr. Secretary, was the notice of this meeting properly sent?

Douglas E. Scott

Yes. The notice of meeting properly states the name of the report together with the proxy and voting card, and properly delivered on or about April 30, 2012, to the company's stockholders of record as of April 16, 2011, which was the record date for this meeting. Extra copies of the proxy statement and annual report are available at the information table in the lobby. A list of the stockholders of record as of the record date has been available for inspection for the past 10 days. The list will remain available during the course of this meeting.

A. Thomas Young

At this time, I would like to introduce Scott Ballenger [ph], who will act as the inspectors of election of this meeting. Scott?

Mr. Secretary, will you please report to us on the presence of a quorum?

Douglas E. Scott

Certainly. As of April 16, 2011, the record date established for this meeting, there were 341,737,161 shares of the company's common stock outstanding. Holders of common stock are entitled to one vote per share. Delaware law requires that the holders of the majority and voting interest of the company shares be present in person or by proxy in order to constitute a quorum at a meeting of stockholders. Prior to the commencement of this meeting, I've received proxies or voting instructions representing an excess of 78% of the total voting interest of the shares outstanding on the record date. This constitutes the majority of outstanding voting interest, and a quorum is present for the conduct of business.

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