Exchange Club First Meeting of 2021 Recap

After a year since their last physical meeting, the Exchange Club of Kiawah-Seabrook held its first meeting of 2021 on Wednesday, April 21 at the Seabrook Island Club. Over 50 members and guests attended the event. Beyond the wonderful experience of seeing good friends and fellow club members again, members had an opportunity to hear from Joseph Bauer, a club member, Seabrook resident, and author who discussed his most recent novel “The Accidental Patriot”. 

After retiring about six years ago, Joe went back to writing, his first passion. He has written four novels to date, with ‘The Accidental Patriot” having been released in 2020. The novel is a story of citizenship and service; loyalty and love; and how personal transformation happens in unexpected ways. For those of us who live in the low country, the novel is particularly relevant, as Joe used local landmarks in the novel, including the Clemson Coastal Research and Education Center on Highway 17. This is the first of three novels in the series. 

Reflecting Joe’s desire to contribute to the community, a portion of the proceeds from sales of the novel will be donated to local charities including Backpack Buddies and the Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic. Joe’s book is available at and he has been told that it’s the hottest seller at Indigo Books at Freshfields. 

-Submitted by Thad Peterson, Kiawah-Seabrook Exchange Club