Richard “Dick” Southern is Region 9 Director on VVA’s National Board, a position to which he was first elected in 2007.
Southern was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1966 and trained as an Army medic. His permanent duty station was the 5th Medical Battalion, 5th Infantry Division (Mech), Fort Carson, Colo. He received an honorable discharge in 1968.
Southern was elected secretary of VVA Chapter 391 in Tuolumne County, Calif., in 1996; a position he has held ever since. He was elected Central District director of VVA’s California State Council in 2000, and from 2001–2003, served on the board of the Vietnam Veterans Assistance Fund, now the Veterans Support Foundation. He has served as president of the California State Council, and he currently serves as its second vice president and chief service officer.
In addition to veteran service, Southern serves his community with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, where he has served as district deputy grand master and lodge secretary. He is a past director of the Tuolumne Parks and Recreation District, and served on the Advisory Council of a local agency on aging. Southern is also a citizen adviser to the Tuolumne County Transportation Council/Tuolumne County Transit Agency, and he has chaired a community festival for 17 years.
He and his wife, Carol, have a daughter, two grandsons, and two great-grandsons.Send Email