Councilwoman Shanklin to unveil new sign honoring the life of Robert Burks in Newburg this weekend

May 19, 2017

Louisville – On Sunday, May 21st, Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin (D-2) will join family and friends of the late Robert Lee Burks for the dedication of an honorary sign at the corner of Exeter Avenue and Indian Trail.

“Robert Burks was a dedicated resident of Newburg and while his name may not sound familiar to many people his work on behalf young people and others can be found all over the community,” says Shanklin.

At 3:00pm on Sunday, Shanklin will officially unveil a "Robert Lee Burks Street" honorary sign. The designation was approved by the Metro Council.

Mr. Burks moved to the Newburg area in the Broadmoor Subdivision with his family in 1957. Upon his arrival to the Newburg Community, he very quickly ingrained himself establishing alliances and friendships with several of the informal leaders of the area. 

His contributions to the Newburg Community included:

Assisting and establishing a little league softball team-“the Broadmoor Bears”;
Volunteering as a recreational counselor at Newburg Park youth camp
Establishing numerous positive construction activities for the community’s youth
Active leadership and participation as a staff member of the “Newburg Boys Club”
Along with the late George Unseld helped the Boys Club become affiliated with the Salvation Army’s Boys and Girls Club. 
Served on the Newburg Community Council
Helped create and organize baseball and softball leagues annually
Physically maintained all three ball fields, coached and organized local softball teams,
Assisted in the creation and organization of Newburg Day Annual Community Celebration
Operated the concession stands on both sides of the park
Served as a mentor and positive example.

“His dedication to the Newburg Community and young people is an example for all of us if we want to make a positive impact,” says Shanklin. “May all who see this sign be inspired to help others.”

Mr. Burks worked as a community volunteer until his death at 87 years old in September of 2016.