The following is the text of a letter presented to Debbie Handley in
recognition of her years of contributions to the Emirates Natural History Group.
The presentation took place at the Al Ain chapter's Annual General Meeting on
Tuesday 26 November 2002.
26 November 2002
The Committee and membership of the Al Ain chapter are pleased to present
Debbie with a lifetime membership in the Emirates Natural History Group in
recognition of her unselfish contributions.
For the past five years, almost every season of trips began with a tour led
by Debbie. The tour would include a visit to the camel souq, Fossil Valley, the
solar clock in the Mahdah Oasis, and a walk in Wadi Aboul, with its timeless
fort. For many of us, this was our introduction to the Emirates Natural History
Group and to the adventures and treasures of the UAE and Oman.
Whatever Debbie enjoyed and discovered, she shared with us all. When she
visited the nesting turtles in Oman, she brought back information making it
easier for others to follow in her footsteps. When she found a cache of worked
flint, a picturesque wadi or a desert barbecue site, she made her discovery
known to everyone.
In every respect, Debbie embodies the spirit and enthusiasm of the Al Ain
chapter and of the original founders of the Emirates Natural History Group.
On behalf of countless individuals whose lives have been enriched, thank you,