In 1872, he pointed out that they "are excluded from the Church if they join secret Societies, and if they do not belong to the Free Masons
, Odd Fellows or Orangemen they can scarcely receive a situation.
He was a devoted member of the Free Masons
for many years.
Dillon belongs to a number of affiliations including the Elks Club, the Free Masons
Van Atten also expressed gratitude to his fellow Scouts of Troop 151 for their hard work, who helped with fundraising, as well as working at the spaghetti dinner; Patricia Barrie, who donated notebooks, pens, pencils and toiletries for the back packs; the Holyoak family for donating the food for the spaghetti dinner; his Eagle project advisors, Lynne Perrault and Hilary Laraba; troop leader Larry Salate; and the Free Masons
, which donated the use of the Mason lodge for the dinner.
He was a lifetime member of the VFW Milford, PA Post 8612, the American Legion Charlton, MA Post 391, Boston Marine Society, and Council of Master Mariners; as well as a member of the Marine Square Club (NY) and Free Masons
Masonic Lodge in Southbridge, MA.
He was a member of the Free Masons
, served on the Board of Health in Lancaster and was a 30 year member of the Oakhill Country Club in Fitchburg.
Edgar was a Navy Veteran serving during the Vietnam era , a member of the American Legion in Oxford and a member of the Free Masons