Daughters of the American Revolution

Wunagisa Chapter

Shawnee, OK

Chapter Information

The Wunagisa Chapter meets on the third Monday of each month, September through May. We encourage prospective members to visit one of our meetings so we can tell you more about our chapter and our special interests.

The Daughters of the American Revolution are committed to God, Home, and Country, and the promotion and preservation of education, history, and patriotism in our schools and our communities.

Chapter History

Mrs. Etta Rogers Fluke, wife of A.J. Fluke, was the Organizing Chapter Regent of the DAR Chapter in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Sadly, Mrs. Fluke died 3 days before the chapter was "officially" organized on May 19, 1924.

The name Wunagisa was chosen in memory of a Sac Indian, Moses Keokuk, spelled in the Sauk language, "Wunagisa", meaning "He who leaps up quickly from his lair." The early day white settlers recognized this bright young Indian man as one with whom both races could successfully co-exist.

Mrs. Fluke's daughter-in-law, Louise Funk Fluke, was the designer of the state flag of Oklahoma. Not yet a member of the DAR and busy preparing for her upcoming wedding, Louise, a young Shawnee artist, was encouraged by her mother and her fiancÚ, George Fluke, to enter the State Flag Contest through the Wunagisa Chapter. George knew how important the flag project was to the DAR. His mother, Etta Rogers Fluke, was the organizing regent of the Wunagisa Chapter and Louise's mother, Nancy Sloan Funk, was a charter member.

The Oklahoma state flag is one of the most beautiful in the United States. Louise Fluke's design is of a sky blue field with a circular, rawhide shield of an Osage Indian warrior, decorated with six painted crosses, symbols of stars. The lower half of the shield was fringed with seven pendant eagle feathers. Superimposed upon the face of the shield is a calumet or peace pipe crossed at right angles by an olive branch. The blue field of the flag signifies loyalty and devotion. The shield implies protective warfare, when justifiable, but always subservient to the peace pipe and olive branch which show a predominant love of peace by a united people.

Oklahoma Flag

The Oklahoma State Legislature adopted Louise Fluke's design in 1925. The Wunagisa chapter had the wonderful opportunity to share in this flag-design award.

After their marriage George and Louise moved to Ponca City, OK, where Louise became a member of the Ponca City Chapter in 1928. The Wunagisa Chapter has plans for marking the gravesites of these important women with our DAR Insignia.

 

Chapter Officers 2014-2016

Chapter Regent

Judith Michener

Secretary

Susan Marie Gatlin Havens

Treasurer

Lisa Kate Immel Hefner

Chaplain

Diana Knoles

Registrar Sara Epley

If you are interested in learning more about the Wunagisa Chapter, please contact us and someone will contact you with more information.

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