Posted by Frank Gagnier
ROTARY CRAFT TALKS- from three of our new members:
 
 
JEFF ZOLA
 
 
Jeff Zola was born and raised in California, where he lived until November 2nd, 2017 when he and his wife Donna moved to Fernandina Beach, FL here on Amelia Island. Jeff’s working career was blue collar; auto body repair, locksmith, and locomotive mechanic (Journeyman Sheetmetal Worker) on the Western Pacific & Union Pacific Railroad (s), until he was furloughed in September 1985, and then resigned effective January 1st, 1986.
 
In January 1986, Jeff was recruited by New York Life where he started his new career in sales.  After 11 plus years with NYL, he spent the next 15 years as a Sales Manager and major Account Representative in the Copier Industry. To finish up his career, Jeff spent the last 6 plus years as a National Salesman for Soundproof Windows.
 
Jeff and his wife Donna have been married since February 14th, 1995.  Now as a blended family, they have Donna’s daughter Christi, still in CA and Jeff’s son Christopher in Jacksonville, FL.
 
Fun fact; In the 70’s, Jeff was a member of the Bruce Martin Waterski School competitive team and was AWSA ranked #11 for the Men1 Jump and ranked #53 for Men1 Slalom back in 1977 in the Western Region.
 
With now joining our Fernandina Beach Rotary Club, this is Jeff’s 18th continuous year as a Rotarian.
 
RAY WHITEHEAD
 
 
Prior to becoming a member of our Fernandina Beach Rotary Club, Ray Whitehead was born in 1947 in Hazlehurst, Ga. and lived there through high school. He attended Georgia Southern College for his undergraduate studies. Immediately following college, Ray spent two years in banking.  From that time on, his business career has been with various companies, involving himself with Sales and Marketing. Ray’s career has taken his family to Jacksonville, FL, Macon, GA, Orlando, FL, Columbus, OH, Houston, TX, Ft. Lauderdale, FL and finally to Amelia Island. Now semi-retired, Ray continues to consult with his own company, Whitehead & Associates, presently being run and managed by his son, William Ray Whitehead.
 
Ray married Frances Fisher in 1968. Married now for 50 years to the same wonderful lady, Ray and Frances have 3 children, William Ray, Frances Christina and Ada Michele, along with 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandson.
 
Ray is a member of Golf Club of Amelia where he serves on the MGA (Men’s Golf Association) board. Ray and Frances regularly attend Memorial United Methodist Church of Fernandina Beach. 
 
 
JONATHAN LEVITT
 
 
Jonathan is a V.P. at Pineland Bank in Fernandina Beach, FL. and is very active in the  surrounding community as well as being involved with the Nassau Youth Council, Chamber of Commerce and other Director held boards.  Now Rotary.
I had not received a bio of Jonathan by publishing time.