Richard “Dick” Southern of Tuolumne, California, serves as Region 9 to the VVA National Board of Directors, a position he was elected to in 2007 and again in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017. He has been a leader of VVA Chapter 391 in Tuolumne County since 1996, when he was elected secretary, an office he continues to hold.
In 2000, Dick was elected to the position of Central District Director for VVA’s California State Council in 2000. From 2001-2003, he served on the board of the Vietnam Veterans Assistance Fund, now known as the Veterans Support Foundation. In 2002, he was elected to serve as president of the California State Council, and he currently serves as the State Council’s second Vice President. In addition to being the Chief Service Officer for the VVA California State Council, he is the moderator for several VVA national talk lists.
In addition to his work on behalf of veterans, Dick also serves his community. He has served as District Deputy Grand Master of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and is secretary for his local lodge. He is the past director of the Tuolumne Parks and Recreation District and served on the Advisory Council of his local Agency on Aging. Dick also serves on the citizen’s advisory committee for the Tuolumne County Transportation Council/Tuolumne County Transit Agency, and he has chaired a community four-day celebration for 17 years.
Dick Southern was drafted into the Army in January 1966 and was trained as an Army medic. His permanent duty station was the 5th Medical battalion, 5th Infantry Division (Mech), Fort Carson, CO. He received an Honorable discharge in January of 1968.Send Email