Press Release


Date: July 22, 2009
Contact:  Carl Meiss
Public Relations Dir.

Release: Immediate

RE: PA State Grange Young Couple of the Year Named

Centre Hall--Julie and Dustin Kunkle from Berks County have been named the 2009-2010 PA State Grange Young Couple of the Year.

The Young Marrieds/Young Couples of the PA State Grange held their annual weekend in conjunction with this year's 6th Annual PA State Grange Family Festival held at the Centre County Grange Fairgrounds JUly 16-19.

Dustin and Julie Kunkle take over from Christie and Joel Straub from Mercer County who have served as the Young Couple for the past two years.

The Kunkles are from Tilden Township where they live with their 18 month-old son Connor Lee. They have been married for 10 years and both are Lifetime Grange members from Shartlesville Grange #1512. Julie has been a Granger for 13 years and Dustin since he was 6 years old. Dustin works at Kantner's Tire Service in Shoemakersville and Juile is a stay-at-home mom and student. Julie enjoys reading and needle point and Dustin is a true Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins and Pirates fan who enjoys part-time farming with his parents and sister as well as Grange activities. Dustin is a past Master (Pres.), past Assistant Steward and presently serves as Overseer (V.P.) of Shartlesville Grange #1512 as well as PA State Grange Deputy for Berks County, while Julie is a past Lady Assistant Steward at Shartlesville Grange #1512. Both are graduates of Hamburg Area High School.

Couples competing for the honor of "Young Couple" must have been Grange members for a minimum of two years and neither partner may have reached their 35th birthday. Contestants are judged on an interview, ambassadorship qualities and a written test of Grange knowledge. The selected Young Couple helps to promote and generate enthusiasm for the PA State Grange Youth Department programs and contests. The Young Couple will also serve on the State Grange Youth Committee for one year during their reign.


20 Erford Road

Suite 310
Lemoyne, PA 17043


Photo--Dustin and Julie Kunkle