As the word Steward means servant, these officers are in fact servants of the Lodge. Since ancient times, Stewards have been directed to provide refreshment and good cheer to members of the Craft during the hours of refreshment. They are also to assist other Lodge officers in the performance of their duties in the Lodge. They are to assist the Tyler in the preparation of the Lodge and aid in the care of all furnishings. At meetings and social gatherings, they are to make certain that the Worshipful Master and special guests are adequately provided for.