1 September 1979
In a letter addressed to Fr. Tom Forrest, director of the International Communication Office, Ralph Martin has resigned as chairman of the International Council for the office. In his letter he wrote: ”As you know, when I agreed to serve as chairman of the Council of the International Communication Office in its first year of existence, I did so with the understanding that I would just serve in this position for one year to insure continuity and stability. After this year, then, I would continue my service simply as a Council member and no longer as chairman. As you know, we also agreed as a Council that you would take over my responsibilities as chairman of the Council after the completion of the first year.
“Now that the first year of the Council has passed, I am simply writing to inform you that I and all the Council members will expect you to function as chairman of the Council from now on. I think that you have done an excellent job as director of the ICO and vice-chairman of the Council during this past year and I am sure that you will do an excellent job as chairman of the Council. I am looking forward to continuing to serve you and the ICO as a member of the Council and through the writing and speaking that this greater freedom from administrative responsibilities makes possible. May the Lord continue to bless you”.
Taken from the ICO Newsletter, September-October 1979