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The nonprofit Melanoma Education Foundation began conducting free presentations on early self-detection of melanoma to Rotary clubs in June, 2022 and, since then, has conducted over 325 30-minute Zoom presentations. The American Cancer Society predicts 200,340 new cases in 2024; melanoma can strike anyone from preteen to elderly and may be lethal but, when found early, is permanently curable in a short outpatient visit without any need for follow-up chemo or radiation.

Complimentary presentations are available to all Rotary Clubs located in U.S. and Canada Eastern and Atlantic time zones. There are no contribution requests or advertising during or anytime after the presentation. If your club conducts hybrid or remote Zoom meetings you would provide the meeting link; if your club only meets in person, does not use Zoom, or doesn’t have a paid account we can use our Zoom account to host the live PowerPoint presentation if your meeting room has wifi access and A/V that allows members to see and hear the presentation.

The PowerPoint presentation is 30 minutes followed, if time permits, by questions. If time is tight members are welcome to email questions to Steve directly. All questions will be answered in one business day or less.

For more information or to schedule a presentation contact Steve by email or phone (978.535.3080). There is zero obligation.

The presentation dispels myths that most people believe about early detection and prevention.

Typical quotes from Rotary members:

“One of the most informative presentations I can remember in a long time!”

Michael Markovitz, President, Tunkhannock Rotary Club, PA

“Thank you so much for the great presentation. It is so needed for our age group in our club.”

Shelby Loveless, President, Lake Wales Breakfast Rotary Club, FL

“Great presentation! Everyone present expressed their appreciation.”

Bruce Tinker, President, South Alexandria Rotary Club, VA

“Thank you again for your wonderful educational service.”

Linda Cranston, Montclair Rotary Club, NJ

“Thank you for the incredibly informative presentation on a subject that affects every single one of us.”

Robin Fryer, Past President, New Canaan Rotary Club, CT

“The best presentation I have ever heard.”

Paul Gleason, Winchester Rotary Club, MA

“On a scale of 1-5, this program was a 5! Steve was knowledgeable, the presentation materials were well thought out, the graphics and photos were very clear and brought home the seriousness of melanoma.”

Club member comment shared by Syd Bastos, President, Vicksburg Rotary Club, MI

“Thank you for your excellent presentation on melanoma. its root cause, the different varieties, and practical points on prevention and detection.”

Lionel Lavoie, Toronto Eglinton Rotary Club, Ontario, Canada

“You gave an excellent talk yesterday. I’ve been going to a dermatologist for decades and didn’t know half the information you provided.”

John Merkel, President, Mystic Rotary Club, CT

“Your presentation was fantastic. Thank you for sharing with our club.”

Pete Bales, Program Coordinator, Beavercreek Rotary Club, OH

“Steve, you serve as an excellent example of “Service above Self”. I truly appreciate your time and the follow-up information that we can share.”

Debra Taylor, Program Coordinator, Camden-Wyoming Rotary Club, DE

“Thank you for a powerful presentation. It is rare for members to come up after a program and tell me how important the program was. Several Rotarians did today!”

Dirk Griffith, Program Director, Kinston Rotary Club, NC

Short Bio

Steve Fine, founder and president of the Melanoma Education Foundation, attended colleges in the Boston area, receiving a doctorate in chemistry from Northeastern University. He then moved to Pennsylvania, completing a year of postdoctoral research at Lehigh University. After 5 years as assistant professor of organic chemistry at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania, he moved back to New England where he served in technical and management positions in high tech chemical companies.

In 1989 he started a consulting practice in the technology of high purity chemical manufacturing, concurrently serving for 3 years as Vice President of Technology for ACSI, a West Coast manufacturer of semiconductor chemicals.

Shortly after his son, Dan, died of melanoma in 1998 at the age of 26 he founded the non-profit Melanoma Education Foundation and, since 2000, has devoted full time to the Foundation.
The primary activity of the Foundation has been educating high school and middle school wellness educators about melanoma and providing them with free online lessons to educate their students about self-detecting melanoma while it is curable. Prior to the Covid 19 pandemic over 1700 schools in all 50 U.S. states and Canada were using the lessons, resulting in saved lives of students, teachers and their loved ones.

The Melanoma Education Foundation is devoted to educational purposes only and is not engaged in rendering medical advice or professional services. Information provided by the Foundation should not be used for diagnosing or treating a skin problem or disease. It is not a substitute for professional care. If you have or suspect you have a skin problem you should consult a dermatologist, plastic surgeon, or other professional healthcare provider.