Welcome to the forum, it's truly a great resource. As a newbie myself, I know it's been invaluable as both an information source, as well as a form of entertainment to feed this newfound love and addiction of mine.
Let us know how the visit with the local Beek goes. Remember, there's no one right way of doing any of this and as you will quickly learn, everyone has there own unique ways. While getting a mentor is great advice, I'd suggest seeking out a few. Observe both the similarities and differences amongst them...basically be a sponge and soak up as much as you can from anyone. Rather quickly, you will notice what methods and approaches you prefer and or more comfortable with, that along with personalities and many other variables will probably bring you closer to some mentors and further from others. At least that's how it's been for me so far....And it's been a great ride. And to think, it's just getting started! :)