As a third generation Rotarian, John T. followed his grandfather and father into the Rotary Club of Kinston, North Carolina in June 1968 a few weeks after graduation from Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC
On November 16, 1972 during a volunteer humanitarian trip to Mindanao Island in the Philippines the Rotary Club of Midsayap, Cotabato, in District 385 recognized John T. as Guest of Honor and Speaker, who inspired the Rotarians and guests to greater heights of achievements in the Four Avenues of Service.
In the late 70's John T. moved to Morehead City, NC to assist in the organization of the locally owned County Bank. Working with Calvin G. Wellons, Dr. David Freshwater, Tom Adams, Iris Fulcher, Larry Moore and Nelson Taylor they were successful with the County Bank being chartered on January 8, 1979.
After attending the Rotary Club of Morehead City and being a member of the Rotary Club of Beaufort, NC Calvin Wellons was President of the Morehead City Rotary Club, Robert B. Howard of Morehead City was District Governor and together encouraged John T. to become the Charter President of the Proposed Rotary Club of Morehead City-Noon that was chartered on June 8, 1981.
During the 1985-86 Rotary year, John T. served as Rotary District Governor following his father, J. Talbot Capps, who served as 1969-70 District Governor and uncle, John C. Hood Jr. who served as District Governor 1981-82. Rotary International President Ed Cadman recognized John T. for having one of the first District wide Polio Plus project.
While his dad was District Governor, Past President of Rotary International and the Founder of the 4-Way Test, Herbert J. Taylor, spent a week in their farm home near Kinston while addressing high schools in Kinston, La Grange and seven county schools. Upon President Taylor's departure he signed four lithograph copies of The 4-Way Test for Governor Capps' sons.
In 1991-92 District Governor Alex Alexander, encouraged John T. to consider leading a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Vocational Team to India in District 321 for five weeks. Having experienced the Indian culture by respecting their family values and way of life, his life was enriched because of his team members who were: Ryan Kinlaw, Bruce Morrison, Bruce Payne, Stan Fowler and Andy Thomas.
From 1994 to about 2008, John T. completed ten trips to India for humanitarian health clinics, installation of clean water wells, education/literacy projects and National Immunization Days for Polio Plus and later End Polio Now programs. In 2006 the Rotary Club of Sivakasi named their Secondary School's Technology Center the John T. Capps Computer Center. The Polio Hospital in Trivandrum provided opportunities for physical therapy each year by becoming a special place in John T's heart. Because of his commitment to humanitarian service in south India the Rotary Club of Trivandrum-North made John T. a Honorary Member.
John T. is an alumni of The Rotary Foundation and a recipient of their Citation for Meritorious Service, Distinguished Service Award, International Service Award for a Polio-free World and Rotary International's Service Above Self Award.
The Honorable James Martin, Governor of the State of North Carolina recognized John T. with their highest citizen honor, "The Long Leaf Pine Award" for humanitarian service.