Box 7, Folder 17, Document 23

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August 22, 1967

Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr.
City Hall
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Dear Mayor Allen:
I regret that I did not have an opportunity to meet you while

visiting with the staff and members of the Community Relations

It was my good fortune to spend some time with Mrs. Elize
Paschall. You are to be commended for the appointment of
one of the most committed, concerned, and prepared Executive
Directors I have ever had the pleasure of working with.
Regardless of the cramped and uncomfortable quarters she is

using, people with problems are constantly calling the

commission office or visiting the commission office seeking

help. The Director spends most of her time on the job trying

to provide an avenue of understanding so that people may live and
work together in racial harmony throughout the city.

I hope that you will look favorably at the need for additional
staff to help Mrs. Paschall expand the service of the Commission.
It is not often that I have observed a Director who does so

much with so little.

It was my pleasure to spend some time with members of the
Commission, and I am sure the kind of dedication each one

has will provide Atlanta with the best and the most effective
Community Relations Commission in the nation.

I hope that if I have an opportunity to return to your fair
city, it will be my pleasure to meet with you. Again, my visit
to Atlanta has been one of the high points in my 2% years
working as the Local Liaison Officer of the Community Relations

Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr.
Atlanta, Georgia
August 22, 1967

If at any time the Community Relations Service can be of assistance
to you, please do not hesitate to call on us.

Sincerely yours,

ethie C's Ue

(Mrs.) Velma McEwen Strode

Local Government Liaison Officer

ec: Mr. Ivan Kaler, Chairman
Community Relations Commission

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