Perhaps it is a little easier to see the value with the CSRT vs. the BSRT.
I view our role as many of the things you describe:
1. Place for training / educating leaders ... check
2. Place for networking with other leaders ... check
3. A place for finding out what is going on outside the unit (announcements) .... check
4. A place where troop leaders can reliably find the DE ... check
5. What is this recharter thing and what am I supposed to do ... check
6. A place for updating the scouters on various membership or requirements changes (that I first learn about here on this forum) ... check.
At the Cub Scout level, especially in May, June, August and September we are where the panicked new leaders go to understand what they just got drafted into doing, and how to do it.
We're also where leaders go if they have a problem and
(a) do not know how to solve it themselves
(b) lack the tools to solve it and need support or help
© have no idea who/what a unit commissioner is for helping them solve a problem,
Our Cub Scout Roundtable uses the model where we try to model elements of a pack meeting, and try to show the theme or the Scout law as a way to wrap around the meeting activities. We're not perfect and the current CSRTC guide didn't help with the mismatch in themes and laws vs. the Pack Meeting Planners (we stuck with the Pack meeting planners). I wish I could better emulate the advancement/ceremonies for our leaders to see a theme based meaningful awards ceremony, but we just don't do enough awards at RT (knots, etc.) to justify it.
We do try really hard to use interest and 'big rocks' topics that are relevant to the need of the units. We mix breakouts and large group discussions, power points, and other presentation styles as the topic(s) and attendance allow. I try to query the units about what topics would benefit them, but getting feedback is the usual and expected challenge.
As for the Boy Scout Roundtable ...
They have recently tried to do some more SPL Roundtables (3-4 a year), and when those work, it's really neat to see the youth leadership trading tips and tricks.
Even the topics at the regular adult RT sounds interesting - and I wish I could attend to learn more about them, but I'm busy running the other meeting.
Edited by gumbymaster, 21 February 2017 - 12:17 PM.