Florida Society 

Children of the American Revolution

Chichi - Okobee  Society

Pioneer Park

1232 12th Street

Sarasota, FL 34236

Beth LaCombe-Chamberlin

Senior Society President

Ellie LaCombe


A Senior at Venice High School and a founding member of Chichi-Okobee Society, Ellie has the experience to help younger members develop into leaders for today and tomorrow.

Along with her support cadre, Ellie will lead the meetings and help develop the various events and programs which will be held during the upcoming year.

Meet your leader

Ellie LaCombe

the legend of


The Spanish explorer, Hernando De Soto, explored this part of Florida in 1539 and, according to legend, he had his daughter with him.  

Sara met and fell in love with a native warrior by the name Chi Chi Okobee (pronounced Chee Chee Okobee).  Unfortunately, he contracted some kind of fever and became gravely ill.

Sara decided to remain with hi and nurse him back to health, but she contracted the fever and died.  

Chi Chi Okobee was grief-stricken at the loss of his love, and had her body buried out in the bay.  He then sent 100 of his best warriors out to the spot where they chopped holes in the bottoms of their canoes and drowned themselves to protect her final resting spot.  

According to the legend, when you see whitecaps on the waves in the bay, the are actually the feather headdresses of those native warriors still guarding her grave.

our history

Harriet Lothrop, a prominent citizen and 19th century children's author from Concord, Massachusetts, presented the idea for a children's organization to the Daughters of the American Revolution Continental Congress in 1895. C.A.R. was then chartered by the United States Congress.

Organized for the training of young people in true patriotism and love of country, C.A.R. has promoted this vision to thousands of its members. Now, in a second century of keeping patriotism alive, these boys and girls are the leaders of yesterday, today and tomorrow.

C.A.R., the nation's oldest, largest, patriotic youth organization, offers membership to anyone under the ages of 21, who is lineally descended from someone who provided military or civil service or gave material aid or support to the cause of independence during the American Revolution.

"We inspire kids to want to learn more about history.  Not just battles, but food, crafts, daily life.

We teach about patriotism.  The meaning behind the flag, the salute, the meaning behind the Constitution, what being a patriot means, and what leadership means.  

While the kids may be running the meetings, we help steer the direction those meetings take".

About C.A.R

What We Do

• Offer state, regional, and national gatherings to meet new people from coast to coast, many of whom become lifelong friends.

• Teach effective meeting conduct and parliamentary procedure.

• Offer fun, family educational experiences.

•Offer opportunities to learn about history while creating history.

• Build confidence in meeting people, public speaking, leadership, etiquette, and much more.

• Train good citizens by participation on the local, state, regional and national levels.

• Build a resume of activities and responsibilities.

• Provide scholarship opportunities

•Provide the opportunity for C.A.R members to receive volunteer hours toward FL HS graduation requirements


C.A.R. is the nation's oldest, largest  patriotic youth organization offering membership to anyone under the ages of 21  who is lineally descended from someone who provided military or civil service or gave material aid or support to the cause of independence during the American Revolution.

C.A.R is chartered by the United States Congress, and is organized for the training of the young people in true patriotism and love of country

"Training Tomorrow's Leaders"