Community Foundation of

Randolph County, Inc.


Servant leadership begins with the individual leader putting people first.

-Anne T. Fraker


The world is changing like a kaleidoscope-- right before our eyes.

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Public leadership is not the prerogative of the few; it is the responsibility of the many.

-David Mathews


The time is always right to do what is right.

-Martin Luther King, Jr.


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-Max DePree


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-Ben Sweetland




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Community Comes Together for the
Cheesman Family

For the Cheesman family, May 6, 2009, started out like any other day with each family member going in different directions. In the evening, their world had been shattered when they discovered their two sons, Zach and Ethan, had been in an automobile accident.

“The very thing that happens to ‘other’ people had struck our family,” Paula, Zach and Ethan’s mother, explained. The family lost its youngest member, Ethan. ┬áHe was survived by his parents, Greg and Paula, two sisters, Bridgitte and Hillary, and best friend and brother Zach.

Overwhelming grief affected not only the family, but the entire school, friends and community. Those close to Ethan provided care, food, gifts, flowers and prayers. People wanted to help but sometimes were unsure how. The Ethan Cheesman Scholarship fund was formed as an avenue to allow people to do just that.

The idea was rather spontaneous when the family planned what guests could do in lieu of flowers at the funeral home. Having served on the Board of Directors at the Community Foundation of Randolph County, Paula was familiar with how a fund worked. The fund surpassed the family’s expectations and has grown enough to form an endowment to not only provide for some of Ethan’s classmates of 2012 but also for students for years thereafter. Events such as the sale of Ethan’s 4-H swine project and 5K running memorials helped to build the fund. Also, the passing of Ethan’s uncle, Mark Collis, and the loss of a family friend, Charles Wood, provided an opportunity for the community to remember both of these men by contributing to the fund.

The family has used the Ethan Cheesman Scholarship Fund to help heal hearts as they recognize all who have contributed to the endowment, allowing his memory to live forever. To donate to the Ethan Cheesman Scholarship Fund or learn more about funds at the Community Foundation of Randolph County visit or call 765.584.9077.