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Bill Norling Award 2009

Bill Norling was a member of the Rotary Club of Clayton and had 100% attendance until he passed away. To honour Bill Norling, our club and the Norling family remember Bill's contribution to the "Heavy Vehicle" industry by giving an annual award to an outstanding apprentice in that field each  year. This year the Bill Norling Award was held on the 2nd April and the award went to Brent Heib who was the "Best Apprentice Certificate III, Level 1 Automotive (Heavy Stream). To give a better understanding of Bill Norling, here is a brief history:-


Bill Norling built a workshop in Dandenong Rd, North Clayton in 1952. The business, W & H Norling Engineering, operated there until 1995 and only ceased trading after Bill suffered a serious accident while on holiday in Canberra


The company modified new trucks to suit the needs of individual customers, for example fitting diesel engines or converting vehicles to left-hand drive for overseas markets. One design for garbage trucks helped shape the standards for vehicles in that industry.


Bill also designed and built a range of semi trailers and other purpose built commercial vehicles, including buses, four wheel-drive mining trucks and prime-movers.


Norling Engineering rapidly became renowned for the quality of its work and Bill’s ability to find a solution to the customer’s problems. In 1971 be manufactured a vehicle in response to a customer’s concern that they couldn’t find a suitable vehicle for transporting racehorses. Within eight weeks Bill had designed and constructed a six-horse road transport. This was the first of the vehicles to carry the Norling brand name.


Bill Norling went on to design and manufacture many further Norling vehicles, each of them designed for a specific purpose, but often incorporating the drop-chassis design of the original Norling vehicle.


During the 1970’s and 80’s Bill’s expertise contributed to the development of a national code of practice for heavy vehicle modifications.


In 2002 Bill Norling was elected into the National Road Transport Hall of Fame in Alice Springs.


Bill’s work extended beyond just trucks; his work within the community was equally legendary.

Shine On Awards 2007


The Shine On Awards have been introduced to recognise the outstanding service to the community of persons with disabilities. The awards recognize the outstanding community service by people with disabilities who, by their actions, serve as ‘Shining Examples’ to the community. Through their commitment to helping others in the Rotary spirit of ‘Service Above Self’ they provide a significant contribution to the quality of daily life of others in the local and wider community.


The candidate chosen by both the Rotary & Rotaract clubs is Dean Calder. Dean is legally blind and is currently a member & joint President of the Clayton Rotaract Club. He is also involved with the following, Victorian Blind Cricket Association (recently organised the joint cricket match between Rotaract/Rotary & VBCA), Victorian Goal Ball Association, Blind Sports Victoria & Swish Victoria (Blind Table Tennis).


The Shine On Awards presentation was held on the 6th May, 2007 at the Morwell Club in Morwell and were hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Morwell & Hazelwood.


(Photos of Dean at the Shine On Awards)


(Photos from the recent cricket match between Rotaract/Rotary & VBCA)



RYPEN 2006

Kim Ear,  Lina Lay and Daniel Lim (pictured above with Bill Sides (Rotary) & Laurie Nance (Westall SC) who are year ten students at Westall Secondary College attended the three day Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment Camp at Mt Evelyn. The activities included communication and interpersonal relationships, goal setting, motivation, teamwork, and fitness & self defence -  all intended to foster leadership qualities and personal development.  Sports and a Saturday night party provided plenty of fun and opportunities to make new friends.

RYPEN 2005



The Rotary Club of Clayton extended an invitation for five students to attend RYPEN earlier this year. Four students came from Westall Secondary College and one was from Monash Secondary College. Pictured above are the four students from Westall who attended our meeting recently.


The Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment [RYPEN ] is a three day seminar for participants aged between 14 and 17 years of age. Awardees are sponsored and paid for by Rotary Clubs throughout District 9810. The RYPEN Seminar is conducted by a Rotary Club on behalf of the District Governor and is required to comply with the guidelines for a RYPEN Program. The program is designed to demonstrate Rotary’s commitment in Vocational Service to our younger generation.


For more information about RYPEN click here.

Draw a Childs Smile - Project 2005-06

This year the Rotary Club of Clayton is supporting the Draw a Childs Smile Project. Literacy is a major emphasis in the Rotary world. In support of the continued drive to improve literacy around the world, the Rotarians of District 9810 have launched this project to help the children of Zimbabwe.

Unlike children in Australian schools and kindergartens, children of Zimbabwe lack the very basics - pencils, crayons and chalk - to draw and learn to write.