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“Star Spangled and Strong” will be the theme of the 2022 Rotary Club of Westerville Independence Day Parade.

Oscar Oppermann, a student in Mrs. Lindsey Gamertsfelder’s kindergarten class at Annehurst Elementary School, submitted the winning entry in this year’s Rotary contest to choose the theme.

For submitting the winning entry, Oscar and a family or friend gets to ride in a place of honor in the parade – aboard the Rotary Club of Westerville float! Read more on the selection of the Westerville City School District website.

Oscar and his parents were honored at the club’s May 12 luncheon, where Oscar also was presented with a $100 check for picking the 2022 parade theme.

PHOTO CAPTION: From left: Rotary Club of Westerville President Joe Meyer presets Annehurst Elementary School kindergarten student Oscar Opermann with a $100 check May 12, as Oscar’s parents and Rotary Youth Committee Chairman Dave Read look on.

Independence Day events lineup

The Rotary Club of Westerville Independence Day Celebration includes:

Be in the Westerville Independence Day Parade like Oscar Opperman, who gets to ride on the Rotary Club of Westerville float! Download a parade entry form here!

Come out to join in our daylong community celebration of Independence Day on Monday, July 4!

The Rotary Club of Westerville

Founded in 1959, the Rotary Club of Westerville is a service club of business professionals and leaders working to improve our community and larger world. We are part of Rotary International. Find out more at Contact the Club and learn how to join at