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Dear Friends and Neighbors:

December 11, 2012

Dear Friends and Neighbors:

As the end of the year approaches, we would like to call your attention to the work of the River Hills
Foundation and ask that you consider a contribution.

Founded in 1991, its purpose is to enhance the quality of life in our special community.  Since then an increasing number of residents have been making annual tax deductible gifts, enabling the Foundation to undertake enduring projects that significantly benefit the Village and our community. Such projects would not be possible from property tax receipts or as separate budgetary items.

In 2003 the River Hills Foundation published River Hills,As It Is And As It Once Was,the first complete history written about the Village which includes beautiful photographs and early ma ps. This book continues to be a great fundraiser a and is ava ilable for sale at the Village Hall. It is an excellent gift idea as the holidays approach and we e ncourage you to share it with family and
f riends.

Projects this past year included upgrades to Village cui du sacs,tree planting on the Good Hope
Road a nd Brown Deer Road medians and plantings around the Village boundary markers.

The Foundation also installed three stone benches in the Memorial Garden.  With the Addition of these benches residents have two options to create a lasting tribute to a family member or friend; naming rights for the benches are available for a donation of $1,000 or a donation of $1,000 would cover the cost of a tree and a personal plaq ue.

The River Hills Foundation makes only one appeal to residents each year.  Your gifts permit
financing projects that make River Hills a better community in which to live. For your convenience, a d donor card is included and the foundation thanks you, as always, for considering a gift again this year.  We extend our very best wishes to you and your family for a happy holiday season.


Stacy G. Terris, President
River Hills Foundation


(inside flap)


This is the first book to recount the remarkable history of River Hills, Wisconsin.  Remarkable, partly, because of the bold experiment which created country living on the flank of a major city and for the tenacity of its residents who have managed to preserve their idyllic setting for over seven decades.

In 1930 the Village founders made the daring decision to impose a 5-acre minimum restriction on all properties and to outlaw commercial development forever.  The nature-loving residents went a step further to safeguard their dream of country living… they backed a policy wherein their streets would have no sidewalks, or curbs, or street lights or even lane lines painted on the pavement.

River Hills is ranked the number one most desirable community in which to live of 40 suburbs surrounding Milwaukee.  Until now, the fine architecture of the village has gone largely unappreciated because of the heavily wooded landscape and the substantial setbacks at the end of long, winding driveways.  This lavishly-illustrated book provides a first glimpse at many of the landmark properties.

The story begins before the village incorporation and traces the occupation of the landscape from the Indian villages to the immigrant farmers who tilled the soil for nearly a century.  It chronicles the coming of the Milwaukee Country Club, and the prominent businessmen who founded River Hills.  On its way to the present day the narrative recounts the coming of an unwanted Nike missile base and the recovery after its closing.  Above all the thread which ties everything together is the residents’ love of the country environment and their commitment to keep it that way.

River Hills Foundation
Click on the image to the right for a printable Contribution Card.

7650 North Pheasant Lane
River Hills, WI 53217
(414) 352-8213


Richard Glaisner

Vice President
Jill Pelisek

Liza Perry

Kristin Severson

Donald Baumgartner
Robert C. Brunner
Glen Hackmann
Mary Ann LaBahn
Anne H.Vogel

Please call the Village Hall @ 352-8213 for donation details.

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