Meeting Update

September 17th

On Sunday October 15th we will be holding our first  "BALLANTYNE COMMUNITY & CANDIDATES PICNIC" from 2 to 4pm at the Ballantyne Hotel on their South Lawn

Back in 2008 this was what we called the "Ballantyne Candidates Forum & Chili Cook-Off" which evolved into a part of the much larger "Fall Festival" which was last held in 2015. With it's demise we did resurrect the original Ballantyne Candidates Forum & Chili Cook-Off event at the Ballantyne Hotel on their South Lawn in 2016. This year it was decided to drop the old name and give this community event a new one.

The Ballantyne Community & Candidates Picnic is a free community event for the public where everyone is welcome. This year several of our favorite Chili providers will be back including the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department, the Charlotte Fire Department with their 5 Alarm Chili, our Mecklenburg Sheriff's Department and some others who will be making Chili for their candidates. Joining in on this will be City BBQ along with Ted's Montana Grill which is open in Waverly. The Ballantyne Hotel will be providing a cash bar to help cool off the heat from the Chili.

As in the past there will be some very special vehicles from the CMPD, CFD and the Sheriff's Department on hand to tour. We may even have some lawn games set up for children and even adults to enjoy.

We are deeply thankful for having the Ballantyne Hotel and our other partners including the Ballantyne Chapter of the Chamber of Commerce and the Morrison Family YMCA supporting this event.


Since the Club was founded in 2001 it has been my passion to promote the belief that "An Informed Community is a Better Community". In looking toward the future for the Ballantyne Breakfast Club it was important that it continues to grow as a vital resource for the community. To meet that goal I believe it is necessary to create more of an organization for managing the BBC now and into the future. My hope is that you can support this direction as it progresses.


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The goal of the Ballantyne Breakfast Club which was founded in 2001 is based on the belief that  "An Informed Community is aBetter Community". The BBC services as an information forum for the South Charlotte - Ballantyne area. Meetings  provide for the sharing of information between the residents, developers, business leaders, elected officials and services providers. Most meeting are scheduled on Saturday mornings at 9:00AM during the months of February, April, June, August, October and December. Meeting are held at the Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge which is located at 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. We recommend arriving about 8:30AM to have time to socialize and enjoy the free refreshments provided by the Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge. All meeting are free and open to anyone wishing to attend no RSVP is required. During the year based on demand special meeting are sometimes scheduled. All meeting information is posted here so please visit for schedules and changes. Meeting information is also published in local media and on

Every year we start our meeting schedules with a unique "Priorities Meeting" which brings together the public and a wide range of elected representatives from the state, county, city and school system. Joining them are senior representatives from our police, fire, sheriff office, school system, transportation officials from NCDOT, CDOT and CATS. Also attending are senior staff from the Planning Department, Water Department, Park & Recreation and others. We also include other important organization to participate like the YMCA, NAACP, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, CRVA, UNCC, CPCC and Wingate University. Closing out the list are local developers and builders who provide updated information on area projects. The meeting is arranged so that each representative group is located at table where the public can meet them and ask questions.

Other meetings during the year will cover education, traffic improvements, area growth & business developments, elected officials & candidates forums and other timely topics.

Thank you for attending our meetings and to the Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge for hosting them.

Ray Eschert, Founder

The Ballantyne Breakfast Club appreciates the generous support of the Northwood Partners and the Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge.
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