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State. Sen. Matt Williams stopped by the Orthman Community YMCA on Thursday, June 29th, to present the non-profit organization with a special gift, a United States flag.
Orthman YMCA Executive Director Riley Gruntorad said he is grateful for Sen. Williams’ donation of a flag to the YMCA, and they are now seeking donations for a flag pole.
“I truly believe that we should have a flag and flag pole at our YMCA to represent our veterans and current service members who make Lexington, our state and our nation great,” Gruntorad said. “Also, I believe it is fitting with what the YMCA stands for and coincides with our mission and core values.”
Gruntorad said Orthman YMCA Associate Executive Director Amy Adams contacted Sen. Williams after learning about other states flying the American flag over their state capitols and then donating them to organizations. While Nebraska does not have such a program, Sen. Williams purchased a flag on his own, flew it over the Nebraska State Capitol and donated it to the Orthman YMCA.
Williams made a personal stop at the YMCA on June 29th to present the flag and an official certificate proving that the flag was flown over the state capitol building on June 5 in honor of the Orthman Community YMCA. He then spent some time visiting with Orthman YMCA members.
“We thought it was an amazing gesture and were so blessed that Sen. Williams made this happen for us,” Gruntorad said.
Sen. Williams said he was excited to make the first donation to the flag pole project at the Y. 
“The Y in Lexington provides many services to area residents,” Sen. Williams said. “With more than 1,500 memberships that represent nearly 4,000 people, you can see what an impact the Y has on people. It's more than just a place to exercise. It's a ‘meeting’ place for people.”Sen. Williams encourages others to support the flag project. 
Gruntorad said he hopes to install a flag pole at the front entrance of the YMCA near the bench that was donated by the Lexington High School Class of 1966. He estimated that a flag pole costs about $500, and he is seeking donations toward that project. If anyone is interested in donating, contact Gruntorad at (308) 324-1970 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..