2019, the International Year of
the Periodic Table of the Chemical Elements

ACS is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Periodic System as created by Dmitri Mendeleev with a special Member-Get-A-Member limited edition Periodic Table of the Elements blanket.

In celebration of this momentous occasion, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially proclaimed 2019 as “The United Nations International Year of The Periodic Table of Chemical Elements,” or "IYPT 2019."  To learn more,  go to

2019 Periodic Table of the Elements Blanket

Curl up with chemistry's 118 elements laid out over a  50" x 70" cotton blanket.  With a light cream background with strands of metallic silver threads,  the table  incorporates shades of purple, gray, black and rust.

Join the IYPT2019 conversations!
Use the hashtag #IYPT2019 on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Nominating a Candidate

150 Years of the Periodic Elements!

To be eligible for the 150th anniversary edition of the 2019 Periodic Table of the Elements blanket, you must use a Member-Get-A-Member application when recruiting! 

You may use the MGM online process or download a MGM pdf application when recruiting. An MGM application is the only thing that links you, the Nominator, to your Nominee.

Please read the steps below then choose one of the  buttons to the right to begin the MGM nominating process.  If you have any questions check out the Q&A tab, we may have your answer.

1Step 1: Nominate a Candidate
2Step 2: Candidate applies and pays for membership
3Step 3: Nominator receives a gift!

1 Decide how you want to recruit your Nominee 

Using the MGM evite button, you will be asked to log in with your ACS Web ID,  click on "Invite someone to join ACS", fill in your Nominee’s info, add a personal message below your name if you would like, and send. Your Nominee's MGM evite is on its way! *

Within your Nominee's evite there is a direct link to an online application with you as their Nominator.  The Nominee will fill out the application, pay their dues, and submit.

MGM paper applications are available for you to download. Please make sure you fill out your Nominator information on the left side of the form and sign on the bottom of side two before giving to your Nominee.  Once your Nominee has completed the application, either of you may submit the application to our Membership Office.

*There can be up to a 1-hour delay in your MGM evite arriving in your Nominee’s email box. Once your MGM evite has been received by your Nominee, you will receive a confirmation message from ACS.  
If your Nominee takes no action with the original evite, ACS will send two additional reminders, over the next 10 days, encouraging your Nominee to join ACS.  

2Nominee's application has been submitted

After your Nominee submits their online application and pays their dues, ACS will send a Welcome to ACS confirmation email.

You, the Nominator, will also receive an email that your Nominee has joined and your gift will be mailed shortly.  

When a MGM paper application is submitted only the Nominee will receive a confirmation email from ACS.

3Receiving your Blanket

Blanket ship lists are generated on the first Friday of a new month.  Nominators that have provided an email address will receive a message from the warehouse that a package is on its way.  You will be given a tracking number so you may watch for your delivery.

Important to Know!

If your Nominee interrupts their online application, and visits other web pages in the process, the MGM link between the Nominator and Nominee is gone!  The two are no longer linked together through MGM and you will not receive your blanket.

The above JOIN ACS button, in the top right corner, is not connected to the Member-Get-A-Member Campaign.  Please do not use it for this purpose.

Questions & Answers (Q&A)

  • Q.  How do I care for my 2019 blanket?

    A.  The blanket is 100% cotton but has metallic silver threads incorporated throughout.  It is recommended that you have the blanket dry cleaned.  You could possibly wash it in cold water with non-chlorine detergent, and hang to dry.

  • Q.  The MGM evite has not arrived in the Nominee's email box.

    A.  Please have the Nominee check their SPAM, JUNK, and QUARANTINE email boxes.  Firewalls and security may be blocking what is not deemed appropriate to them.  If the MGM evite does not appear in any of those email boxes please write to

  • Q.   Are MGM paper applications available?

    A.   Yes, you have two options concerning paper applications.

    1.  You may download the pdf applications available on the MGM web page.  As the Nominator please make sure you enter in your name, member number, and address on the front, left hand side.  Then sign the bottom of side two before passing along to your Nominee.

    2.  If you plan on distributing multiple paper applications (ie: your students) please contact for an application prepopulated with  your membership information in place.


  • Q.  How can I tell if I, the Nominee, joined ACS using a MGM application? 

    A.  Look at your online confirmation notice, towards the bottom on the left side there is a code.  If that code has "MGM" in it, then you joined ACS through the MGM Campaign!
    If you, the Nominee strayed from the online application process, and visited other web pages... the MGM link between the Nominator and Nominee is gone!  The two of you are no longer linked together through MGM. 

  • Q.  Can I purchase a periodic table blanket?

    A.  The Periodic Table of the Elements Blanket is unique to the MGM Campaign and not available for purchase.  The ACS Online Store does have a PTE beach towel available for purchase.

  • Q.  When will my gift be sent?

    A.  Nominators will be sent their gift once the Nominee has been accepted for membership and pays his/her dues by December 31, 2019. 

    Gifts are shipped only once a month.
    The shipping lists are generated the first Friday of each new month and leave the ACS warehouse the following Wednesday or Thursday. 
    For each U.S. referral who accepted your MGM evite, we'll send your gift via the United States Postal Service (USPS).  If you referred multiple new members, your gifts will arrive boxed via UPS.  International shipments will arrive via your local postal carrier and boxed gifts will deliver in country via USPS International Priority.

    All ACS members that have provided an email address will receive a shipping notification that will include a tracking number and estimated delivery date.

    Nominators should make sure their shipping address is current on their membership record. We prefer not to make deliveries to Post Office boxes. Please write to and provide a street address if available.

  • Q.  Who can recruit and who can be recruited for membership?   

    A.  Current Members of the American Chemical Society can nominate colleagues, former members of the Society, university students working towards a degree in chemistry, people whose occupation directly concerns the practice of a chemical science, and whom you think will benefit from membership in ACS.  There is no limit on the number of new members you may recruit or the number of gifts you can earn.

     Encouraging a current member to renew their membership does not qualify the Nominator to receive a gift through the MGM Campaign.

    We would hope all current ACS members would follow the honor code and not  nominate themselves in order to receive the blanket.  

  • Q.   When I, the Nominator, reviewed my list of Nominee's I noticed that my Nominee's name is 'green'.  What does that mean?

    A.   The MGM nomination process has recently changed which included the view of your Nominee list.

    When your nominee joins using your nomination, you will still receive a confirmation email from ACS stating such and the PTE blanket will be shipped to you. You will also notice your Nominee's name on your list will turn 'green'.

    If you do not receive a confirmation email within 10 days, your nominee did not take action or may have declined the nomination.

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