So, you are finally here. You’ve moved to Lake Norman, whether for work or like me and my family because you fell in love with it, and now that you are here you turn around and realize you are complete strangers! How do you go about meeting new friends here in Lake Norman?
Trust me, I have moved many, many times in my life and I have never found a community more welcoming to newcomers. When we moved here the sellers of our new home had neighbors over to meet us even before our sale was final.
Perhaps it is because Lake Norman and the greater Charlotte area is the destination of so many “transplants” from around the country. But, since so many of us are newcomers, it truly was an almost seamless transition for us.
One of the best resources is newcomers clubs. I am a member of the Mooresville/Lake Norman Newcomers Club; a group of about 200 women that meet the first Wednesday of every month at 10:00a.m. at the Lake Norman Christian Ministries located at 2940 Charlotte Hwy (Hwy 21) just south of Brawley School Rd. The list of monthly events includes: Bowling, Canasta, Euchre, Watercolor Painting, “Chick Flicks” (movies!), Couples Bridge, Oil Painting, Ladies Bridge, Book Club, Couples Euchre, Hiking, Crafts, Out-To-Lunch-Bunch, Garden Club, Ladies Poker, Southern Living Lunch Group (sharing favorite recipes), Golf, Bunco, and special evening programs and outings.
The men’s version of our club is called The Golden Boys. They enjoy almost every sport you can imagine from sailing to golf to tennis as well as many other get-togethers.
Mom’s in Lake Norman have an incredible resource: LakeNormanMommies.com. The Mommies network is a free community for moms of all ages in the Lake Norman area. “LakeNormanMommies.com offers a simple way to connect with local moms for friendship, support and fun. Members meet on our forums to share information on everything from where to get the best haircut to tips on transitioning to a “big kid” bed.” They also offer face-to-face events throughout the Lake Norman area and are a great resource for finding out more about the local schools.
Finally, there are the traditional community churches, schools and civic organizations like The Exchange Club, Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, plus quite a few business networking groups. As President-Elect of the Mooresville/Lake Norman Exchange Club it would be my pleasure to have you as my guest to any of our business lunches held the second and fourth Thursdays of every month at the Charles Mack Citizens Center in Downtown Mooresville.