Carver named best club member


JP Carver, through years of dedication and action, has been named the August Fellow of the Ponderay Centennial Rotary Club!

“I am proud to be a member of the Ponderay Centennial Rotary not only for the scholarship program or for the placement of flag poles in the Ponderay Police Building and Exhibition Center, or the construction of bus shelters for bus stops, or exchange student support, or the Rotary Youth Leadership program, or high school Interact clubs, but mostly because of the friendships between club members. The Christmas holiday food also stands out, ”JP Carver said.

JP was invited by a friend to join Ponderay Rotary in 2005, and has been actively involved for 16 years now. He believes that Ponderay Rotary is creating positive change in our community through educational opportunities and scholarships, volunteering efforts in nonprofit organizations, and helping the community in any way needed. He has served as President and is currently President of The Rotary Foundation, Interact Mentor, Scholarship Committee Member, and one of Rotary’s infamous chili cooks during the club’s annual chili prep for Jacey’s Race.

Along with his wife Barb, he co-owns Curves in Ponderay with the help of their yellow lab Ruby, labradoodle Rory and the street cat Della. He is a graduate of the University of Washington and is a die-hard Husky fan and believes the best career decision he has ever made in his life was to join the Air Force ROTC. The Air Power series and Walter Cronkite were his biggest impacts on his career choices.

JP was a major and spent 20 years in the United States Air Force with the peak of his career flying 100 feet above the ground at 600 miles per hour. In 1994, he became an episcopal priest and still practices today. Over the past few years, he has been very proud of his participation in the By Way Citizen Advisory Committee. In addition, he volunteers as a chaplain for the Sandpoint Police Department.

As a gregarious introvert, JP is passionate about encouraging people to get to know each other and hopes to have influenced others in our community and the world through his honesty, empathy and openness. He admires those who influence without fanfare, of which he is certainly a part. In his “free time” you will find JP cruising around the lake listening to classic and 60s rock music and making people happy.

“We are so lucky to have JP on our team. He takes on much of the youth work. We could not do without him and his wise advice, ”said President Kari Saccomanno.

What is his favorite piece of advice that he follows every day? “Don’t be a jerk.” Something we should all experience!

Congratulations to JP Carver and thank you for all the time you have devoted to caring for our community through the Rotary Club of Ponderay Centennial Rotary.

The club welcomes new people and / or businesses to join and help in its mission to improve our community. The club usually meets the first three Tuesdays of the month at 7 a.m. If you would like to learn more about Ponderay Rotary, email [email protected] or go online at


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