Mentor Gathering 24 May 2015

Mentor Gathering 24 May 2015

1. Beth’s Speech

Hello and welcome all,

Thank you for coming tonight. I think it’s important to get together and share stories and hear about the experiences of being part of Baw Baw L2P.

We’ve been in existence since October 2008. The first group of 14 volunteers completed their training in July 2009. There are some folk here tonight from that original group…and still mentoring…..amazing!

We have had a range of funding sponsorship & in-kind support from:

*VicRoads / TAC   * Andrews Foundation  *Trafalgar, Neerim & Drouin Community Bank Branches   *Federal Labour Govt Volunteer Grant   *Barry Bourke Warragul *Baw Baw Shire Council (twice)  *Viva Easy Living *Warragul Rotary *DCSI   *Victoria Police *Warragul Panels *Luciano’s *Quirks Real Estate *Maloney’s Pizzas * Alberto’s Pizzas *Dept of Human Services   *Gary Blackwood’s office   *Warragul Gazette *Gippsland Septic Tanks *Jana Living   *CupandGino   *Autobarn Warragul   *Phoenix Screenprinting   *Saferoads   *Gippsland RoadSafe *In2Food  *Wild Dog Winery *Voyage Fitness *lawyer John Davine   *private donations from families   *Walhalla Heritage & Development League

Our ‘gathering’ tonight includes current & past Mentors, RACV Drive School Instructor Extraordinaire Mark Cantwell, VicRoads area manager Mick O’Keefe, Murray Cook – a Mentor and Baw Baw Shire Councillor, several people who will be joining the ranks after completing training in mid-July, spouses, best friends, musician & nephew Brendan Lloyd and his partner Sarah and my marvellous daughter Jacqui Lloyd.

I have some figures for our program in the last 12 months

Number of Learners active:        47

Total hours driven by Learners: 1,135

Professional lessons:                     103

P’s gained 14….making:                77 altogether


Number of Mentors active:         41

Total hours supervised:                1,074

..with RACV Instructors:              25.25hrs

Terry le Lievre – 22     David Osterlund – 26                      Helene Cunningham – 30  Dee Crosby & Lynette Vaughan – 38        Bill Renwick – 49   Fred Clarke – 58 Fred Everett – 68       Peter Sutton 79 (and he Mentors at Dandenong L2P!!) John Beauchamp – 97

Unknown Information (at this time):

Blue Spark …………..kms

White Barina ……….kms

Before handing over to Greg Walker, and then drawing the winners of our raffle, I’d like to finish up with a poem, entitled “DAFFODILS”…..

2. Beth’s Poem:

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud (Daffodils)

(Updated from Wordsworth’s 1804 version by a Ms Carr of Warragul, 2015)

I wandered lonely as a cloud

That floats on high over West Gippsland

When all at once I saw a cloud

A host, of golden volunteers

Beside the lake, beneath the trees

Fluttering and dancing with their P’s.

The Learner beside them drove; but they

Out-did the kids in glee

A Coordinator could not but be happy

In such a jocund company

I gazed – and gazed- but little thought

What wealth the show to me had brought

For oft, when on my chaise-longue I lie

In vacant or in pensive mood

You all appear unto my mind

And interrupt my solitude

But then my heart with pleasure fills

And dances with you silly dills