Veterans Appreciation Dinner Set for November 8th

POSTED BY Jon Corra . October 17, 2018

Since 2008, Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, has helped thousands of Veterans get the VA Disability Benefits they deserve. The firm also enjoys giving back to Veterans. Since 2012, the firm has hosted an annual dinner for local Veterans. In the early years, the dinner was a daytime cookout on Veterans Day. However, because the weather on Veterans Day can be so unpredictable, the Jan Dils team pivoted. With the help of the Parkersburg Knights of Columbus, the cookout became a spaghetti dinner and the event became more accessible.

Since 2015, the annual dinner has served Spaghetti instead of hamburgers and hot dogs. Since 2016, the dinner has raised money for Operation Transportation. Operation Transportation is a part of the Walk4Vets Foundation. Since 2011, the Walk4Vets Foundation has raised over $65,000 for local Veterans. Operation Transportation provides free bus passes for Veterans in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

This year, the spaghetti dinner will be held on Thursday, November 8th, from 5:00 to 7:00 at the Parkersburg Knights of Columbus. The dinner is free for Veterans. The cost for non-Veterans is $5.00. The proceeds will benefit Operation Transportation. Children 8 and under eat free with a paying adult.

The event will feature a 50/50 drawing and a raffle. O’Brian’s Catering of Ripley will be helping for the 2nd consecutive year.

Lori Estes Wins First Jan Dils’ Golden Apple Award of the School Year

POSTED BY Jon Corra . September 28, 2018

On September 25th, 2018, team Jan Dils awarded the first Golden Apple Award of the new school year to Lori Estes of St. Mary Catholic School. Mrs. Estes is a Fourth Grade teacher who shows dedication to her students. Mrs. Estes was nominated by a fellow teacher.

Mrs. Estes was nominated for many reasons, including tutoring her students after school. She always encourages her students to try new things. Mrs. Estes also arranges charitable efforts for her students to participate. They have recently created a haunted house and they’re also gearing up for Operation Christmas Child.

When Mrs. Estes received the award, the students and staff of St. Mary Catholic School were excited to see their teacher get the recognition she deserves.

Team Jan Dils participates in the Parkersburg Homecoming Parade

POSTED BY Jon Corra . August 23, 2018

On Saturday, August 28th, Team Jan Dils participated in the annual Parkersburg Homecoming Parade. For the second year, our team members set up a water station on the parade route. Our staff handed out complimentary water to individuals participating in the parade.

 

We had a lot of fun watching all the floats and we loved meeting so many great people. We also want to give a shout out to everyone who continued to march in the parade after the skies opened and the rain poured down.

We can’t wait to see everyone next year.

Get To Know Our Original Golden Apple Award Winner

POSTED BY Jon C. . March 27, 2018

In January, we finally awarded our 100th Golden Apple Award. Nici Kunze Liotti received the award in January 2018. However, 12 years and 99 winners came
before her. When we were planning our 100th Winner celebration, we wanted to go back to the first time. We wanted to catch up with our first winner.

In 2006, Tammy McKnight was a mathematics teacher at Hamilton Junior High School. (Now Hamilton Middle School.) She stated that she remembers the award ceremony quite well. She states that she knew something was up because the principal told the teachers to prepare for an assembly, but wouldn’t tell the teachers why there was an assembly. Mrs. McKnight recalled that her friend Pam Reeves kept telling the students that Hannah Montana was coming to the school. (In 2006 Hannah Montana was a fictional character portrayed by Miley Cyrus on the Disney Channel.)  She then recalled sitting at the assembly with her fellow teachers. She then described the moments during the reading of the nomination. Her friend, Kathy Morehead, kept telling her that she knew it was her.

We asked Mrs. McKnight if she remembered who nominated her, and she stated that she did. It was the mother of a student who was appreciative of her work. Mrs. McKnight helped a young student who needed some extra help with his work. Mrs. McKnight helped the student with his work after class.

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During our conversation, we wanted to learn what Mrs. McKnight was up to now. It turns out Mrs. McKnight isn’t a teacher anymore. Instead, she works for Wood County Schools. When she left Hamilton Middle School, Mrs. McKnight worked as an Instructional Coach. She then transitioned to an Innovation and Improvement Specialist. In this position, she works with teachers and schools to help them better improve the curriculum for students.

We had a lot of fun catching up with Mrs. McKnight. We encourage you to watch her entire interview posted above. Tammy McKnight set the bar high for the 99 winners who were to follow. We appreciate her time, and we’re so glad that she stopped by to talk to us.

Mike Fallon Wins The January 2018 Golden Apple Award

POSTED BY Jon C. . March 14, 2018

It’s safe to say our Golden Apple Award winners are popular at their school. They are often a favorite with students, parents, and other teachers. However, sometimes a teacher is a favorite in a much bigger sense. Our January 2018 Golden Apple Winner showed us that a teacher can have an impact that reaches often a favorite with students, parents, and other teachers. However, sometimes a teacher is a favorite in a much bigger sense. Our January 2018 Golden Apple Winner showed us that a teacher can have an impact that reaches

They are often a favorite with students, parents, and other teachers. However, sometimes a teacher is a favorite in a much bigger sense. Our January 2018 Golden Apple Winner showed us that a teacher can have an impact that reaches

Get To Know Our Original Golden Apple Award Winner

POSTED BY Jon Corra . March 02, 2018

In January, we finally awarded our 100th Golden Apple Award. Nici Kunze Liotti received the award in January 2018. However, 12 years and 99 winners came before her. When we were planning our 100th Winner celebration, we wanted to go back to the first time. We wanted to catch up with our first winner.

In 2006, Tammy McKnight was a mathematics teacher at Hamilton Junior High School. (Now Hamilton Middle School.) She stated that she remembers the award ceremony quite well. She states that she knew something was up because the principal told the teachers to prepare for an assembly, but wouldn’t tell the teachers why there was an assembly. Mrs. McKnight recalled that her friend Pam Reeves kept telling the students that Hannah Montana was coming to the school. (In 2006 Hannah Montana was a fictional character portrayed by Miley Cyrus on the Disney Channel.)  She then recalled sitting at the assembly with her fellow teachers. She then described the moments during the reading of the nomination. Her friend, Kathy Morehead, kept telling her that she knew it was her.

We asked Mrs. McKnight if she remembered who nominated her, and she stated that she did. It was the mother of a student who was appreciative of her work. Mrs. McKnight helped a young student who needed some extra help with his work. Mrs. McKnight helped the student with his work after class.

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During our conversation, we wanted to learn what Mrs. McKnight was up to now. It turns out Mrs. McKnight isn’t a teacher anymore. Instead, she works for Wood County Schools. When she left Hamilton Middle School, Mrs. McKnight worked as an Instructional Coach. She then transitioned to an Innovation and Improvement Specialist. In this position, she works with teachers and schools to help them better improve the curriculum for students.

We had a lot of fun catching up with Mrs. McKnight. We encourage you to watch her entire interview posted above. Tammy McKnight set the bar high for the 99 winners who were to follow. We appreciate her time, and we’re so glad that she stopped by to talk to us.

Mike Fallon wins the January 2018 Golden Apple Award

POSTED BY Jon Corra . March 02, 2018

It’s safe to say our Golden Apple Award winners are popular at their school. They are often a favorite with students, parents, and other teachers. However, sometimes a teacher is a favorite in a much bigger sense. Our January 2018 Golden Apple Winner showed us that a teacher can have an impact that reaches far beyond the classroom.

Our 101st Golden Apple Award winner is Mike Fallon of Martin Elementary School. Mr. Fallon is also the basketball coach at Parkersburg South High School. Mr. Fallon is known for being a great teacher, and a great coach, but he goes far beyond the classroom and the court to help his students. Mr. Fallon, along with his team, and other members of the community, organizes events to help raise money and awareness for two students in the MOV battling illness.

Anna Gordon is currently battling Friedreich’s Ataxia, a life-shortening neuro-muscular disorder. Hailley Parsons is a student who has battled childhood cancer for many years. Mr. Fallon has worked with both young ladies. He’s helped organize charity games, and is one of the biggest supporters of “Anna’s Army,” and “Hailley Strong.”

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Anna and Hailley were both on hand for the presentation. Also, the Parkersburg South High School boys’ basketball team were there, as well as Mr. Fallon’s family.

Mr. Fallon’s has been very popular. Weeks after the announcement, we continue to receive positive comments about him on our Facebook page.

Congrats Mr. Fallon. You are a deserving winner.

Celebrating 100 Golden Apple Winners

POSTED BY Jon Corra . March 02, 2018

Since 2006, we’ve honored teachers in the Mid-Ohio Valley with the Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law Golden Apple Award. Every month during the school year, one deserving teacher is selected to receive this honor. The winner is selected from a group of nominees. Traditionally, the winning teacher is one who goes the extra mile to serve their students. After reviewing past winners, we realized that our 100th winner was soon approaching. We learned our December 2017 winner would be our 100th winner.

December is a tough month for the Golden Apple Award. Students in the Mid-Ohio Valley aren’t in school for an extended period in December. So, we usually announce the winner during the first week of January. That was the plan. However, Mother Nature had a different plan. Snow forced us to postpone the award ceremony. So, we postponed it until mid-January. Mother Nature decided to throw snow at us again during the 2nd ceremony. We won’t take snow for an answer, so we postponed this award to the end of January.

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Finally, on January 26th, 2018, we were able to award the 100th Golden Apple Award to a deserving teacher. The 100th winner is Nici Kunze Liotti from Parkersburg High School. Mrs. Liotti was selected for many reasons. She has been known as a teacher who will give up her time to help her students. She offers her classroom for students who need a quiet place to study. Mrs. Liotti has been teaching for 18 years. She’s even been known to help kids who may need a meal during a time of need.

Mrs. Liotti is a deserving teacher, and we couldn’t think of anyone better to be our 100th Golden Apple Winner.

Jan Dils’ Foundation Raises $6,500 For Operation Transportation in 2017

POSTED BY Jon Corra . December 21, 2017

The fourth quarter of 2017 has been busy for our staff. In November, we hosted our 6th Annual Veterans Appreciation Dinner. The event serves as a fundraiser for our Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, Walk4Vets Foundation. In 2017, we focused on supporting Operation Transportation. This community initiative provides Free bus passes for Veterans in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Our dinner was held on November 9th at the Knights of Columbus on Market St. Over 200 people participated in the dinner. In total, we raised $1,000.00 for Operation Transportation that evening. However, our fundraising did not stop there. The afternoon after the dinner, our team was joined with representatives from our local chapter of the American Red Cross at the Lowe’s in Vienna, WV. We collected additional donations from patrons of the home improvement warehouse. In total, those efforts raised an additional $250.00.

While collecting donations at Lowe’s, we met a representative from McClinton Chevrolet. That same weekend, their dealership was hosting a fundraiser to raise money for local Veterans too. However, they were not sure which local charity to support. So, we convinced them to support our Foundation. The team from McClinton Chevrolet donated $20 for every test drive completed that weekend. In total, 17 people test drove a car during the allotted time. They rounded their donation up to $350.00.

Finally, our friends from Erie Insurance heard about all the great work we are doing for local Veterans, and they wanted to be a part of it too. Through their Giving Network, Erie Insurance supports hundreds of charities in the United States. After reviewing our efforts, and realizing the issues facing Veterans in the Mid-Ohio Valley, Erie donated $3,000.00 to the Walk4Vets Foundation for our Operation Transportation Initiative.

We appreciate the generosity and support of all the businesses and citizens in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Together, we raised $4,600.00 in the third quarter of 2017. In addition, we raised $2,000.40 for Operation Transportation in August of 2017 also. That brings our total amount raised in 2017 to $6,600.00. This will provide an additional 440 bus passes for Veterans in our community.

Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, Has Been Nominated and Accepted as a 2017 AIOPIA’S 10 Best Law Firm in West Virginia For Client Satisfaction

POSTED BY Jon Corra . August 29, 2017

Parkersburg, WV – August 28, 2017. The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys (AIOPIA) has recognized the exceptional performance of West Virginia’s Personal Injury Law Firm, Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, as 2017 10 Best Personal Injury Law Firm in the category of Client Satisfaction.

The AIOPIA is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Personal Injury attorneys in each state. Attorneys who are selected to the “10 Best” list must pass AIOPIA’s rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research, and AIOPIA’s independent evaluation. AIOPIA’s annual list was created to be used as a resource for clients during the attorney selection process. One of the most significant aspects of the selection process involves attorneys’ relationships and reputation among clients. By AIOPIA standards, clients should be an attorney’s top priority. Our organization places the utmost emphasis on selecting lawyers who have achieved significant success in the field of Personal Injury law without sacrificing the service and support they provide.

“Client Satisfaction is more than a phrase for all of us at Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law,” says Jan Dils. “It comes from experience, knowledge and going above and beyond for each and every client we serve. It means getting results. We could not be more thrilled to have the AIOPIA, our industry peers, and most importantly, our clients recognize our firm with this prestigious award.”

The firm of Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, serves clients from offices located in Parkersburg, Charleston, Logan, Beckley, Huntington, West Virginia, as well as Charlotte, North Carolina. The firm remains focused on helping individuals receive the financial compensation they deserve, assisting at every stage in the application and appeals process to obtain Veterans’, Social Security Benefits and Personal Injury settlements.  To contact Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, call 304-428-8900 or toll-free at 1-877-JanDils, or visit www.jandils.com.