By Lars Dalseide | November 21 2012 11:26

Serving up Thanksgiving specials at the NRA Cafe

Debbie Crews from the NRA Range hands over thanksgiving goodies at the NRA Cafe Fairfax, Virginia - Like most of you out there, we have a few Thanksgiving traditions here at the National Rifle Association. Though there's the standard closure of business on Thursday (except for the National Firearms Museum) and Friday (the Museum and Headquarters Range will be open), there's also the staff favorite lunch service — here's why.

For the people you see serving turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, yams and other Thanksgiving goodies are not the regular NRA Cafe staff. No, that would be a crew from the NRA Headquarters Range. So what happened to the regular cast of Cafe staff?

"Each Division is responsible for manning the counter for thirty minutes every Thanksgiving," said new NRA Range Manager Michael Johns. "At least that's what they said after handing me an apron."

What Johns believes is true.

For as big of a family as the NRA is, the largess of the staff here at headquarters comes with problems. Because we are so big, and we are so busy, it's easy to go months (if not years) without bumping into Bobby from Financial Services or Gina in Education & Training. The holiday serving line is a festive way to make those introductions.

And, of course, there's always the chance that you'll be served by your boss (Managers and Directors are encouraged to log counter time).

Pace yourself on those turkeys tomorrow.

NRA Range staff serving at the 2012 NRA Thanksgiving Day luncheon.

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