Ballantyne Magazine

FALL 2016

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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TO KICK-START THE DAY, many Ballantyne residents sip their favorite java, catch up on the morning news or hit the gym. Others take it up a notch, participating in a wide variety of interest groups and activities. Three profiled here — a military networking group, a mystery writers club and a community affairs coffee — show the diversity of opportunities and allure of a.m. inspiration. Former Army officer Cindi Basenspiler moved to Ballantyne from Atlanta in 2010 and discovered she missed Atlanta's military networking group called MilBuds. When she couldn't find something similar in Charlotte, she and friend Ed Voelsing decided to start one themselves. Following a Hunch Today, 50 to 80 veterans gather in Dilworth on the second Wednesday of the month to socialize and support one another as part of the Charlotte Veterans Network. Yet, Basenspiler suspected there were more veterans living or working farther south — in Ballantyne, Fort Mill or Union County — who couldn't make it to Dilworth for lunch. Her hunch was right. She now convenes a southern Cindi Basenspiler (standing) founded a southern segment of the Charlotte Veterans Network, which meets in Ballantyne. BALLANTYNE MAGAZINE 37 FALL 2016

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